During a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood (FTR) spoke on their time in AEW so far.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On if they feel their time in AEW has met their expectations:
Harwood – “That’s a loaded question… I’ll say yes and no, as well. I think for me, and I know Cash too, but I’ll speak specifically for me, so if there is any heat, I’ll take it. I’m not satisfied with what we’ve done. But I’m not satisfied with what we’ve done in our careers, not just AEW. I’m happy with what we’ve accomplished so far. I’m happy that when Tony Khan needs a big number, and he needs a great wrestling match, the first guys he calls on are Cash and myself. I’m very happy, I’m very proud about that. Am I satisfied? Absolutely not. At the end of the day when we’re done, which could be in a few months, could be in a few years. That’s for us to discuss. But when we’re done at the end of the day, then you can come back, then you can ask us if we’re satisfied. Right now or not.
On whether both they and Tony Khan have the same vision for tag team wrestling:
Wheeler – “…So, I think our vision of tag team wrestling is the same because he features tag team wrestling. But until we’re the champions again, I can’t say yes.”
Harwood – “I’m not going to say yes to it definitely being the same. I mean, we have our vision of tag team wrestling [and it] is completely different than probably anybody else’s in the world. And it should be. I mean, it would be really boring if everybody’s vision was exactly the same. But I think that we are still a brand new company. I think Tony is signing up the greatest talent in the world, not because he wants to lose money. He’s signing the best talent in the world right now, because he wants the fans to enjoy a product that he’s putting on.
“That’s the only reason. That’s the reason we have the greatest tag teams in the world working for us right now. Because he wants the fans to enjoy professional wrestling. And that’s it. And to see people, not our fans, because our fans are very smart, but to see people complain about that online blows my mind. You’re complaining about this man hiring CM Punk, or Daniel Bryan, or John Moxley, or FTR, or Sting or whoever, and I’m not categorizing ourselves with them, but I’m saying you’re complaining because he’s giving you a freaking treat man. He’s given you something you’ve never had before. A talent roster that you’ve never seen, that’s completely loaded. And so I hope he continues to bring in tag teams. I hope we bring in every single tag team in the world. Because I promise you the more he brings them in, the more Cash and I will step up and show that we are the best. And I think we’ve proved that we are the best because we’re so much different than everybody else. Man, I’m getting fired up because of that.”
Dax Harwood on why CM Punk shouldn’t call himself the biggest Bret Hart fan in the world: “He knows. I mean, I could take you downstairs to my bar right now, and I’ll show you my shrine if I wanted to. But he knows the truth. He said that to piss me off and get under my skin, and it worked. But there’s… How do I keep the magic here? Bret, to me, is more than a wrestler. And I’m sure he is to Punk, too. And I can’t tell you why I’m a better, bigger Bret Hart fan than him, than just telling you that I f—ing am. Okay?
“This man has made me feel a certain way. Emotionally. I’ve said it before, but there have been wrestlers who are more over than Bret are. Hogan, Austin, Rock. They all are bigger stars than Bret. They all were more over than Bret. But there’s never been a wrestler who’s over like Bret Hart. And I can watch his matches, and even though they were 25 years ago or 30 years ago, I get lost in them because he is so f**king special, man.
“And he’s so special to me personally. My God, that’s my hero. That’s who I want to be like. As a human being, as a wrestler. That’s who I want to be. So all these internet people, all these internet fans can call me a mark. That is totally okay. Because, one, my check clears every other week and it’s a pretty damn big check. But two, because he has taught me something. He’s taught me life lessons. He’s taught me how to be a good human being and how to never give up. He’s just the greatest. There’s never anybody who will come close to what he’s done and what he can do.”
FTR would first debut in AEW on the May 27, 2020, episode of AEW Dynamite. In the time since they joined the company, FTR have been AEW Tag Team Champions on one occasion/ The duo would hold the belts for 63 days, the shortest reign of any Champion in the company across all titles (excluding Thunder Rosa’s current run.)
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