Dawson, albeit understanding the differences, had nothing but praise for both men:
“I don’t want to sound like I’m kissing anyone’s a**, but those two guys are so incredibly smart, so incredibly business savvy. The main difference between the two is that when I was in NXT, as a whole family, and as a group, we were trying to build something.
From top to bottom that roster wanted to make NXT as special as we possibly could. And that’s what we did. So, at the time NXT wasn’t as big as it is now. Triple H did not have as much on his plate as he does now.
Vince McMahon, on the other hand, has launched this global phenomenon called WWE and sports entertainment. He has done so much stuff that goes beyond professional wrestling, four corners, and three ropes. He has so much that he gives his attention to.
Whereas when I was in NXT, Hunter was able to devote his attention on growing the brand and also, entrusting the talent by putting a bit of the load on our back by saying- ‘Hey man. Help me out.’ Vince already had his phenomenon completely exploded for the last thirty-five or forty years.
Hunter was trying to build NXT from the ground up.”
“What were my thoughts about that? Oh man. Probably the same thoughts that you had and everyone else had. I’d say it was a slap in the face. That was one of the things where I had to swallow my pride a little bit and Dash and I have talked about it; that’s one of the things that adds to the chip on our shoulder.
When something like that happens, when Braun Strowman and a ten-year-old kid are RAW tag team champions, that made us wanna work hard. It made us want to outwork everyone else. It made everyone want to take notice of The Revival, Dash and myself, and say these are the guys I need to go with.
So, I took it as a hit to my pride at first but it fuelled my fire and made me want to work harder.”
To read the full interview, where Dawson talks about the possibility of Jim Cornette managing The Revival, click here.