The Ascension. Every wrestling fan knows who these two men are. Konner and Viktor.
The most dominating tag team on the NXT roster. Longest reigning tag team champions in that roster’s history, holding the titles for over 340 days. Any team that they went against were destroyed, until their move to the main roster.
Their debut match against Miz and Mizdow was a brief minute and a half with a Fall of Man delivered to Mizdow. Multiple matches against unknown jobbers seemed to show only their dominance, but while they were racking up the victories, they were unsuccessful in matches against the commentary of JBL.
For almost five months, John Bradshaw Layfield's commentary towards The Ascension did more harm than a Seth Rollins’ Curb Stomp. This was so bad that fans only got to see them on Superstars, Main Event and the occasional eight-man tag match, as lumber jacks or in battle royals.
Before Payback, the last time fans got to see The Ascension on a pay-per-view was at the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at Wrestlemania. Before that, they were last seen at the Royal Rumble against The New Age Outlaws. This, again, is all due to the negative commentary of John Layfield.
The storyline, if it is that, is that The Ascension is calling themselves better than the Road Warriors, Demolition, and any tag team from the Attitude Era. On the commentary end of that, JBL, who many remember was one half of the APA with Ron Simmons, also an Attitude Era tag team.
JBL took offense and ran with it on his commentary during their matches. This commentary ruined The Ascension. Instead of redrafting Layfield's commentary, WWE sent them to lesser programming and house shows. This was until the Raw before Payback.
The Raw before Payback saw the formation of a comic relief team, The Meta Powers. Axelmania and Macho Mandow, better known as Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow. The Ascension called them out, stating that no one likes seeing identity confusion, the two teams square off on the Payback Kick Off show and The Ascension pick up the win. Oddly, the commentary was seemingly toned down this time.
The accolades of Konner and Viktor need to be brought into the commentary. Fans who read their bios on wiki sits and WWE.com and/or are gamers hear this on WWE 2K15. One such thing is that Viktor is a graduate of the Hart Dungeon in Canada. He is one of the most precise wrestlers in the industry. Skill wise, he is nearly unmatched in his ability.
Whereas, Konner has held multiple singles and tag championships in many companies before tagging with Viktor. Honestly, The Ascension, if given the opportunity they rightfully deserve, is a phenomenal tag team.
Once the negative commentary dwindles to non-existence and the writers treat them with more respect, fans will see them shine.