8 Times Wrestlers Who Wanted To Quit Were Given Championships

A golden belt as a golden handshake.

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On this past week's episode of Monday Night Raw, The Revival proved nominative determinism is for real, as they finally claimed the red brand's tag-team straps for the first time. After years spent wasting away on the main roster undercard following their stellar NXT stint and subsequent, supremely-earned call-up, at long last Dash and Dawson have been restored to a position more befitting their considerable tag-team talents.

Just weeks before their Raw renaissance, the pair had three-and-three-quarters of their feet out the door. It's absolutely no coincidence that after collectively requesting a pass out purgatory, they find gold burdening their waists.

Knowing full well that an embittered, excellent Revival, buoyed by the support of similarly indignant fans, would waltz into AEW and immediately legitimise the company's proposed tag-team revival, WWE have pulled out one last act of desperation to keep the pair onside. As good as The Revival are, their push doesn't reflect what is obviously placation.

Traditionally, wrestling companies call the excavators on wantaway superstars, with the purpose of reducing their transferable value. But sometimes that value is so high, promoters have went entirely the other way as one last bid to slam shut the exit door.

It doesn't usually work.

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