Exclusive: Origin And Reason WWE Nixed The Revival’s Original Team Name Revealed

AEW World Tag Team Champions FTR, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood previously spent six years teaming together in WWE as The Revival. However, that wasn’t the tag team’s original name when they first debuted with the company.

When the two made their NXT debut back in 2014, they were originally called The Mechanics. The name was short lived, and were soon repackaged with new music and a new name – The Revival. The Revival would go on to be one of the best tag teams in the company’s history, winning WWE tag gold on 5 occasions across all three brands.

FTR sat down and spoke to Bodyslam.net’s Cassidy Haynes and Dom Mallon on recent episode of The Push podcast. During the interview they were asked about their original tag team name The Mechanics. They revealed that the name actually came from WWE Hall of Famer and current AEW Star Billy Gunn. FTR also revealed that the reason the name didn’t stick was that there was an issue with WWE getting the name copyrighted.

When asked about their original NXT Tag Team name “The Mechanics”?

I think Billy Gunn might’ve thrown it out there at one point saying something like “you guys are such good in-ring mechanics. But I think the issue with the name was getting it copyrighted ” – Cash

I don’t think they liked the connotation that came along with Mechanics because saying that basically means you’re a good hand. – Dax

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