According to a report from Fightful, FTR had some stipulations added on when they were released from WWE. Those stipulations had to be met before they were let out of their contracts.
The two men had to sign over their trademarks for “No Flips, Just Fists,” “#FTRKO” and “Say Yeah” to get out of their deals. According to them, they paid $10,000 for those trademarks and still chose to sign them over so they could be released.
Their departures weren’t “as smooth as WWE tried to make it look.” Dax and Cash also noted that they have “pretty clear” goals for their careers. The two said that after negotiating with AEW just days after their WWE releases, they knew exactly where they wanted to go.