In the midst of WWE doing its best to tie down talents to
new long-term deals, one fascinating story has been that of The Revival.
By all accounts, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder have turned
down new paydays that would pay each man over $500,000 a year as a basic
salary. That’s some serious money, yet The Revival are reported to be just as
interested in the creative process and how much focus will be given to WWE’s
tag team division as they are in how much money is on the table.
Both Dawson and Wilder’s current WWE contracts are believed
to be expiring in or around this April, and there has been plentiful
speculation that the tandem could spurn WWE’s big-money deal and seek a new
challenge elsewhere – with arguably the greatest tag team on the planet being
able to pick and choose their next destination should they call time on their
To add further fuel to the fire where it pertains to The
Revival departing WWE, some new information – courtesy of Lords
of Pain – has revealed that Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder have recently
filed for their own trademarks.
As of last week, the duo has put in trademark requests for “FTRKO”
and “Shatter Machine”. Both of these names have been trademarked for
merchandising purposes, while Shatter Machine has also been filed for “entertainment
in the nature of wrestling contests” – which would suggest that Shatter Machine
could well be the name used by the pairing should they finish up with WWE.
WWE would clearly loathe for The Revival to turn them down
and take their talents elsewhere, but there has to be some praise for Dawson
and Wilder should they decide to take their careers into their own hands and
leave WWE’s ever-expanding bag of money on the table.