It's an unwritten rule in wrestling that if you're going to use a move made famous by someone else, you should get permission from the "originator" of the move.
During Chris Jericho's time away from WWE, The Revival burst onto the tag team scene and started using The Shatter Machine, which is a lifting flapjack into a codebreaker, a move Chris Jericho perfected in WWE. With Jericho away, The Revival thought nothing of it. But when Jericho returned in 2016, issues arose.
"We started using the Shatter Machine in 2014. You [Chris Jericho] were on hiatus. A year or two later, we were in NXT and you came back. We didn't have your information and we didn't think to ask anybody for it. In our minds, you don't get Chris Jericho's information and text him out of nowhere," explained Dash Wilder on Talk is Jericho. "In hindsight, that's probably the wrong way to look at it. We asked the higher-ups in NXT, 'Hey, he's back, do we need to think of something else?' We were told there was no issue. We thought nothing of it and if we ever see him, we'll ask him. We were doing a NXT tour in Australia, we were on the flight back, and I guess somebody tweeted a GIF of us doing it and you responded to it about we didn't reach out. I remember being tired and frustrated. The tweet said something like 'The originator of the move.' So I replied, 'My apologies to [Naomichi] Marufuji.' I didn't mean anything insulting about it. Looking back, it was a terrible way to go about it. [Kevin] Owens texted us and was like, '[Chris] is really upset about that.' I thought I was being funny, but things get lost on Twitter. You reached out to us, everything seemed like it was okay."
Jericho explained things from his side saying, "Kevin [Owens] said 'these guys are good guys' but I think something else happened in NXT with somebody that had done something and I was like, 'What the hell is going on with these NXT guys just ripping us off?' It probably just caught me in a bad mood."
Wilder went on to say that when The Revival were called up in 2017, they went to Jericho face-to-face to make sure they could still use the move with the three men being part of the same brand.
Following being released by WWE on April 10, The Revival remain free agents. Elsewhere during the podcast, the duo said they are in no rush to make a decision on their future. You can find their full comments by clicking here.
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