Fantasy Fight Friday – The Revival vs. The Steiner Brothers

How’s it going everybody? Welcome to another edition of SLTD Wrestling’s Fantasy Fight Friday, where we look at a wrestling dream match and decide which superstar (or in this case, […]

How’s it going everybody? Welcome to another edition of SLTD Wrestling’s Fantasy Fight Friday, where we look at a wrestling dream match and decide which superstar (or in this case, superstars) reigns supreme. I’m Thomas Robinson and I will be settling the score between two tag teams that simply let their work in the ring do the talking. This fight will finally settle the debate between these two tag teams as these competitors clash in this edition of Fantasy Fight Friday. This fight sees The Revival battle the Steiner Brothers.

I’ve always wanted to see Scott Steiner in a particular compete in the Fantasy Fight Friday arena. He’s one of the most infamous characters in wrestling history and now seems as good a time as ever to get him involved. I figured the best way was to see Scott reunite with his brother Rick in a tag team battle similar to the Legion of Doom vs. Dudley Boyz fight from March. The question was, who was an appropriate tag team? As soon as I thought of the Revival, I knew this was a match made in heaven.

Now these two tag teams are pro-found in their ability to put on technical wrestling clinics in tag team action. The Steiners were both very successful in amateur wrestling at a high standard while The Revival have been re-popularising very old school tag team in-ring psychology, lighting a fire within the NXT tag team title picture. Now the question is which of these teams are greater?

Before we settle this debate, let’s go into the histories of these tag teams.

In one corner, we have the Revival. NXT had always been able to provide pretty much quality storylines and wrestling across the board since it’s “reboot” as its own brand. From the stellar main-event scene featuring the likes of Sami Zayn and Neville to the women’s revolution featuring the likes of Sasha Banks and Bayley, it had always been something special. The tag team division was also always a nice little treat to watch but there was not a lot that could blow you away about the division… until the Mechanics arrived.

Originally known as the Mechanics, the tag team of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder were just the right cup of tea that the tag team division needed. They weren’t great because they were able to pull off high-flying acrobatics or any insane spots. They were great because they were able to ruffle up opponents in a similar style to the many great heel tag teams of the 80s and 90s. The Southern Boys are sneaky, clever and ruthless with their methodical attacks, winning the NXT Tag Team titles along the way. Renamed as the Revival, they put on some of the greatest matches in all of 2016. Considering the amount of excellent matches 2016 provided, you know their matches were worth watching. They were even good enough to become the first ever two-time NXT Tag Team Champions and even defeated the longest reigning WWE tag team champions in their debut match on Monday Night RAW. The best part about this tag team is their potential. They’re still young with a battle plan that’ll be sure to take the WWE tag team division by storm. If you agree… SAY YEAH!

In the other corner, we have the Steiner Brothers. The Steiner Brothers were an amateur wrestling unit like no other back when broke onto the scene in the 1980s. The former NCAA amateur wrestlers let their technical skills shine in arenas around the wrestling world, first finding success as part of WCW by winning NWA and WCW Tag Team titles. When they left the company to jump ship to the WWF, their pursuit of gold came with them as they captured the WWF tag team titles in no time at all. The brothers even appeared on the first episode of the Monday Night RAW program debuting in 1993, before returning to WCW in 1996 as a big part of Nitro during an extremely important period of the Monday Night Wars. Like all great tag teams, the Steiners eventually broke up as Scott sided with the New World Order but both men still captured a lot of singles titles on their own. Rick Steiner was a three time WCW TV Champion and was the second-to-last WCW US Champion before WCW was bought out by the WWF, while Scott Steiner was a former WCW Champion and was one of the very small number of people that defeated Bill Goldberg.

The Steiners’ chemistry as brothers were very apparent whenever they were teaming in the ring. They fought as one, won as one and conquered as one. It’s very hard to get passed the amateur wrestling style from the Steiners, with many suplexes coming your way if you dare get in their path.

 

In one corner, we have the Revival. NXT had always been able to provide pretty much quality storylines and wrestling across the board since it’s “reboot” as its own brand. From the stellar main-event scene featuring the likes of Sami Zayn and Neville to the women’s revolution featuring the likes of Sasha Banks and Bayley, it had always been something special. The tag team division was also always a nice little treat to watch but there was not a lot that could blow you away about the division… until the Mechanics arrived.

Originally known as the Mechanics, the tag team of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder were just the right cup of tea that the tag team division needed. They weren’t great because they were able to pull off high-flying acrobatics or any insane spots. They were great because they were able to ruffle up opponents in a similar style to the many great heel tag teams of the 80s and 90s. The Southern Boys are sneaky, clever and ruthless with their methodical attacks, winning the NXT Tag Team titles along the way. Renamed as the Revival, they put on some of the greatest matches in all of 2016. Considering the amount of excellent matches 2016 provided, you know their matches were worth watching. They were even good enough to become the first ever two-time NXT Tag Team Champions and even defeated the longest reigning WWE tag team champions in their debut match on Monday Night RAW. The best part about this tag team is their potential. They’re still young with a battle plan that’ll be sure to take the WWE tag team division by storm. If you agree… SAY YEAH!

Those are the breakdowns of each tag team, now hear from SLTD’s writers and see where they stand:

@mrnebarry (Old Skool View)
‘Well what an interesting match this would be. A true old school team, against a new team that keep it old school. A true power technical and power game from The Steiners, and a brawling old school style from The Revival. It would certainly be a bruising encounter wouldn’t it?

The Revival have really grown on me in recent times. When they started out as The Mechanics, there was something missing for me, but as soon as they got their hands on the NXT titles they almost instantly became a million times better. The Steiners on the other hand always stood out for their ring gear, especially in the WWE. Rick aka The Dog Faced Gremlin with his amateur wrestling headguard was a solid hand, whilst Scott would pull off the Frankensteiner, which back in the early 90’s was a different move to be pulling out.

As for a winner between the two, I would give The Revival the edge, just down to the new school old school blend. I think they’d outsmart The Steiners in the end and do it quite comfortably.’

@Bruce412 (Twitter Manager)
‘In what could be a matchup of the ages, we have the fantasy matchup of the Steiner Brothers vs The Revival. The Steiner Brothers are arguably the best, most sound tag team of all time. And in who could be the best tag team of the future, we have the recently called up from NXT, Revival. Both teams are technically sound in their own rights, but just who would come out on top in this dream match up? It’s my belief that you don’t have a closer bond than with siblings. The Revival may be in the apex of their careers at the moment, but you just can’t beat the bind that comes with DNA. In my opinion, the Steiner Brothers come out on top in this one. The boys from Michigan may very well go down in the history books as the best tag team of all time.’

@TomRobinson5199 (Armbar Analysis)
‘The Revival have great chemistry, great old school tactics and are a great tag team. They were among the best as part of the developmental territory in WWE. However, it was STILL developmental territory at a time when the competition and the amount of stars is nowhere near as prominent as it is now. The Steiners were world beaters for decades after they started. They were on the frontline battling the likes of the Outsiders and the very best WCW has to offer at a time when only the truly elite won titles. Steiner has the technical wrestling advantage hands down. They were NCAA level wrestlers and they both have individual feats that are some times way more impressive than their tag team feats. Scott Steiner was a former WCW Champion. Maybe it’s unfair to judge the match this way since the Revival are early in their careers, but this fight goes to the Steiners.’

 

Who do you think would win this dream match between the Revival and the Steiner Brothers? We encourage you to join the discussion by commentating below or tweeting us @SLTDWrestling with your pick of who would win!