FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood) had an interview with Fightful Select where they discussed what had made them want to leave the WWE. The duo also discussed an angle that was botched with Randy Orton. Below are some highlights from FTR discussing their tumultuous time in WWE.
Cash Wheeler on their angle with The Usos having many stops and starts:
“That’s kinda why we stop-started stuff with the Usos, it started to get heated up and then put on the back burner so we could do the stuff with Shane. It was going well, it was a hot storyline at the time and Shane had requested it. But, then all of a sudden they told us, ‘We’re done with that, you’re going back to Usos.’ We’d been away from them for about a month and it kinda cooled off. So, then we had to try to pick back up cold. It is what it is. It’s not just for us. Everybody there across the board. Things get picked up and dropped without explanation. There can’t be everything changes on a whim so much there. Because I don’t envy the job of the creative team. They have so many moving parts they have to work with all the time. It’s just gonna happen. It’s not just us. It’s everybody across the board.”
Dax Harwood on the team getting moved to RAW after Randy Orton requested to work with them:
“By that point, I had told him that if they messed up this opportunity they had with us and Randy—and I said this one time before, that was with the Usos, but we were still kind of in the fold with them—but I told them, if they messed up this thing with us and Randy, there’s no reason for us to re-sign these contracts. None at all. But, yeah. We watched Roman Reigns go to Vince and say, ‘I want to work with these guys. I want them to beat me.’ We watched Bray Wyatt do that. Matt Hardy. The Usos. New Day. Then of course we watched Randy do it on a weekly basis. The reason it lasted for six or eight weeks is because of Randy.”
Dax Harwood on WWE botching their storyline with Orton being a major tipping point for their WWE run:
“The things we were doing with him and New Day could have been such a great money making venture, but that wasn’t in the plans. That’s not what Vince wanted. You said you understand, or you can see why, guys don’t want to pitch. I get what you’re saying. But, man, why stop? I stayed up every single week. We would get two days home, and I’m infatuated with my wife and my daughter, but I would take hours away from them to sit in front of the computer that I’m sitting in front of right now to type up pitches and angles and storylines for me and Cash to present to the creative team, to present to Vince, and it never got used. But, I never stopped because I wanted us to be the best and I wanted them to know we’re working at least as hard as anybody else to be able to be on that television.”