FTR, formerly known as The Revival in WWE, finally made its long-awaited debut in AEW, laying waste to The Butcher and The Blade while having a non-physical standoff with The Young Bucks.
Dax Harwood (Scott Dawson) and Cash Wheeler’s (Dash Wilder’s) journey featured several tropes of garden-variety contract disputes in pro wrestling. Cryptic tweets, deleted tweets, controversial statements in interviews, shrewd trademarking and cozying up to the competition were all part of The Revolt’s arsenal in its yearslong saga as apparent malcontents desperately looking for a way out.
And it all started with a tweet nobody could forget.
“One day we’ll wrestle The Revival & everyone will rejoice. Remember this tweet.”
January 1, 2019—Dash Wilder (real name Daniel Wheeler) registered a trademark application for the term “FTR.” The trademark applied to “entertainment in the nature of wrestling contests; entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer.”
The possibly NSFW term was popularized on the Being the Elite YouTube series, which would later become the precursor to AEW. In an interesting note, Wilder filed for the “FTR” trademark on the same day of AEW’s launch.
January 19, 2019—In a since-deleted tweet (get used to that phrase), Scott Dawson said the following:
“[Don’t] matter where we go, we’re stealing the show. #FTR”
February 16, 2019—Shortly after capturing the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships, defeating Chad Gable and Bobby Roode, both Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder posted the following cryptic, also-since-deleted, Tweet:
“Complain long enough and you can achieve anything.”
March 12, 2019—In an interview with Maddy Paddock of Mirror Online, Dash Wilder addressed rumors of The Revival requesting its release:
“Hmm, I won’t touch on it too much, but what I will say is that it was lost in translation. There were some things that got out there that I don’t think people knew the full story about.”
March 18, 2019—In another since-deleted tweet, Dash Wilder said the following in response to a picture of two young fans with toy WWE Raw Championship belts:
“Please don’t wish being Raw tag team champs on them. For their sake.”
March 23, 2019—The Revival posed alongside a fan wearing an AEW t-shirt during a WWE live event in Elmira, N.Y. The fan noted that at least one member of The Revival exclaimed “I’ll see you in May,” with the duo reportedly shouting “ain’t that the truth!” in response to a fan who blurted out “money isn’t everything.”
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Wrestling Inc) reported The Revival took it upon themselves to address the fan rather than being summoned over.
April 6, 2019—In an interview with Max Laughton of Fox Sports Australia, Scott Dawson blamed WWE for the promotion’s poor tag team division.
“This is going to sound terrible, but I kind of blame our company for [tag team wrestling becoming a lost art]. Because the individual stars made so much money, so people had that goal in mind to be an individual star here, and for us we knew that to make the most money, we needed to be a tag team, we needed to be a unit. Collectively we’re individuals but mentally we’re one. That’s how we had to think to make the most money that we could.”
April 29, 2019—The Revival was reportedly offered $500,000 to re-sign with WWE. The duo did not accept the deal.
May 2, 2019—After a humiliating segment, where The Revival was caught on camera shaving one another’s backs, a WWE Raw preview appeared to threaten the tag team in a roundabout, art-imitating-life fashion. As the duo continued to refrain from re-signing with the company, the preview read:
“This could be the beginning of a whole new Revival or the first humiliation of many. The choice is up to them.”
December 21, 2019—The Revival hung out with AEW tag team Private Party, posting their fraternization on Twitter. Dawson captured the tweet “Tag Team Wrestling.”
December 23, 2019—Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc), reported The Revival was set to become a comedy team stemming from Dash Wilder’s deliberate slip-and-fall during their entrance on the December 13 broadcast of Friday Night SmackDown. The tactic could be seen as WWE playing hardball with the talented duo, subjecting them to routine embarrassment as they continue to balk at signing new deals.
January 1, 2020—In yet another—wait for it—since-deleted Tweet, Dash Wilder had the following to say about The Revival’s future:
“2017 was a wash. 2018 we got our groove back. 2019 we took control back. 2020 we change everything.”
January 7-8, 2020—The Revival filed trademarks for #FTRKO on January 7. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (h/t Wrestling Inc), description use for the trademark included “Hats; hooded sweat shirts; pants; shirts.” The following day, the duo filed to trademark the name “Shatter Machine,” the term for their finisher. The description use remained the same.
Michael Dockins, the attorney The Revival hired to apply for these trademarks, is the same lawyer used by AEW stars Cody, Jim Ross and Arn Anderson. Around the time The Revival applied for these trademarks, Scott Dawson posted the following. Cryptically, of course:
January 11, 2020—Scott Dawson tweeted the following:
January 12, 2020—Multiple outlets reported The Revival’s desire to be released centered around WWE’s lack of direction within the tag team division. These frustrations played out on camera when The group denounced WWE’s
January 31, 2020—Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Wrestling Inc) reported The Revival requested its release once again. Unconfirmed reports noted the pair was rumored to turn down $700,000 apiece.
February 10, 2020—Dash Wilder deleted his Twitter account.
February 18, 2020—The Revival continued to file trademarks, this time for “Top Guys,” “Say Yeah,” and “No Flips, Just Fists.”
February 29, 2020—In an attempt to counter trademarking efforts by The Revival, WWE reportedly filed trademarks for “No Flips Just Fists (without a comma),” and “The Mechanics.”
March 9, 2020—Dash Wilder (real name Daniel Wheeler) applied to trademark for Cash Wheeler, believed to be the name he will use if and when The Revival leaves WWE.
March 15, 2020—WWE reportedly stopped paying The Revival after taking them off the road as their contracts neared expiration.
April 10, 2020—WWE granted The Revival its release.
April 21, 2020—The Revival revealed its new post-WWE name: The Revolt.
April 27, 2020—On Episode 201 of Being the Elite, another Revival-to-AEW tease came in the form of a message in the sky as the letters “FTR” were spelled out in the clouds.
May 4, 2020—On Episode 202 of Being the Elite, Cody is seen drinking from a coffee cup that reads “FTR.”
Source: Forbes Business