Former WWE stars Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder opened up about their exit from the company in a new interview in which they made it clear they just wanted to have meaningful tag matches.
On the latest episode of “Talk is Jericho,” the team now known as The Revolt – aka Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler – confirm they initially asked for their releases fifteen months ago because they were unhappy about the lack of respect being given to the tag division.
The duo say they timed their request to happen when they were on the upswing as a team in an effort to ensure that it wouldn’t look like they were just unhappy about losing. This is why they asked not long after being told there were plans to put the tag titles on them.
Harwood says they asked for their release from talent relations, but after leaving the office news somehow quickly spread. This caused the duo to be labeled as complainers by some on social media, even though that’s not how they were viewed by their peers. They also say they were booked more than any other talent on the roster in 2019, which wouldn’t happen if they were complainers.
During their last meeting with Vince, Harwood says they were given a pitch that no one with any sense of self-worth would be down with.
Cash followed that up by confirming the leaked photos of the team dressed in silly attire were, in fact, real. The gimmick was supposed to mock the fact that you need a silly schtick to get on TV in WWE, so they were doing all of that out of spite.
Wheeler says they reacted by telling Vince McMahon and company that they’d do the gimmick to the best of their capabilities, but when their contracts were up they would not be re-signing. He also believes they may have had fun with it if they had done the gimmick.
Days after, they were taken off the road and removed from all events.
As for why they made the decision, here’s what Cash Wheeler had to say:
“People think we have, I guess you would call it, an elevated opinion of ourselves. But it has nothing to do with just ourselves. We just know what tag team wrestling can do. We know what other teams are capable of and we just want tag team wrestling as a whole, across the board, I don’t care what company, to just get the time and the respect. Because you look back at the ’80s and the ’90s and the early ’00s … you look at The Brainbusters, the Hart Foundation, and the Fantastics, The Rock-n-Roll and Midnights, Edge and Christian, all these guys that showed that tag team wrestling can be a draw. And it can make money. It can make people care and invest. That’s all we want to do.
It’s not just about money all the time. If I can pay my bills, I’m fine. I don’t need to be a millionaire and just collect a paycheck to collect it. I don’t want to be complacent all the time. I want to push myself. I want to challenge myself. I know [Dax] feels the exact same way. We want to work for our money and we want to earn it, but we want to feel like we’re contributing at the same time.
I’m not ok just sitting back and being complacent and collecting a paycheck and phoning it in. I’ll never be ok doing that. I don’t care what company I work for. I don’t care if it’s the lowest drawing indie of all-time where we don’t have any fans in the crowd or if it’s WrestleMania. I want, more than anything, to contribute to the business of professional wrestling on a meaningful scale.”
The duo also claim multiple wrestling legends reached out after their release saying they were proud of the team for sticking up for what they believe in, including Bret Hart.
Listen to the full interview below.