Randy Orton is one of the greatest WWE stars of all time and a sure-fire WWE Hall of Famer, but it seems that every now and then even The Viper goes against the grain.
The former World Champion pushed to work with The Revival throughout their time in WWE and as part of a recent interview with Fightful Select the current AEW stars revealed the backing that they had in the locker room.
Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson revealed how they would take the time to write up pitches for them to be declined while the likes of Roman Reigns and Randy Orton were pushing to work with them, with Reigns even stating that he wanted the team to beat him.
The former WWE Tag Team Champions revealed that Orton respected their work ethic and even flew down to Ashville to work with the two stars ahead of Backlash when he faced Edge in The Greatest Wrestling Match, something that it appears WWE were not aware of.
“I told them (WWE) that if they messed up this opportunity with us and Randy, there is no reason to resign these contracts. None at all. We watched Roman Reigns go to Vince and say I want to work with these guys and he said I want them to beat me. We watched Bray Wyatt do that, and also Matt Hardy, The Usos, New Day and then of course we watched Randy do it on a weekly basis.”
“The reason it lasted for 6 or 8 weeks was because Randy pushed for it so hard for that long. The things we were doing with him and New Day could have been such a great money making venture, but that wasn’t the plans. That’s not what Vince wanted.”
“We would get 2 days home and I’m infatuated with my wife and daughter, but I would take hours away from them to sit in front of the computer to type up pitches and angles and storylines for me and Cash to present to the creative team, to present to Vince and they never got used. But I never stopped because I wanted us to be the best and I wanted him to know we are working harder than anybody else or at least as hard as anybody else to be able to be on that television.”
“Randy respected our work and our work ethic to the point that, and I don’t know if he would want us to tell this, but he can’t get too mad at us because he loves us. He flew down to Ashville to work with us for his Greatest Match of All Time at Backlash because he wanted to get ready and get his technical wrestling down and things like that. We created a bond and a friendship. I wish they would have gone with it, but they didn’t.”
Wilder and Dawson are now called Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood and are currently pushing for change in AEW’s Tag Team Division where they are being taken much more seriously.