Former AEW World Tag Team Champions FTR made their return to the company at last weekend’s AEW Revolution pay-per-view event.
Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler returned following the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, which saw the Gunn Club retain the titles against the Acclaimed, Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal and Orange Cassidy & Danhausen.
Following their return, reports emerged that FTR were ‘locked in’ to long-term deals with AEW, and that their teases and disappearance from television were merely a storyline.
It is worth noting that PWInsider didn’t report that FTR had signed new contracts with the company, simply that they are locked into long term deals.
Discussing the return on the FTR with Dax Harwood Podcast, Dax noted that ‘nothing has changed’ in regards to their status in the company, and that he and Cash aren’t holding anybody up for money.
“Zero has changed. We got a call from Tony, this was maybe five days before the pay-per-view. I don’t know, I’m just guessing. He either heard a clip, this was the podcast where the headline was, I said we were ready to comeback, our bodies were healed, we wanted to do right by business because we are contracted.
“Cash and I aren’t trying to hold up anybody. We’re not trying to play the game, ‘they’re offering us this, they’re gonna offer us this.’ It’s not about that. Money is a big factor, but it’s about what’s going to make us happy. There are a ton of options.
“Tony Khan is onto something incredible, changing the industry, over the last three or four years, he’s done exactly that. Whatever you want to say, he’s completely changed our industry.”
Dax continued on, noting that their choice will be solely on happiness, weighing up both the pros and cons of AEW and WWE.
“For monetary gain, I would never play someone, especially someone as who I’m as close to as I am with Tony, especially someone who I was close to with Hunter [Triple H], who I owe a lot to. I would never play that for monetary gain.
“Our choice, right now, is strictly on happiness. The pros of staying in AEW is the great schedule where I can come home and be with my family. The pros of WWE is they are the number one money making wrestling company in the world. They can offer us a great deal, but I don’t feel we could have the kind of schedule we would like.
“Another pro for AEW is that, unless Tony changes his mind come April, we would be able to do independent bookings, great relationship with New Japan, doing Comic Cons and meeting our fans.
“In WWE, they’re on a creative high right now and I think they could keep that creative high up. They are the number one wrestling promotion, one of the top entertainment acts in the world, and have a proven track record. Strictly comes down to happiness. I don’t want to say that report is right or wrong because it doesn’t matter. Half the people are going to on Twitter and say I’m lying or trying to work.”
Discussing the reports of the whole situation being a storyline, Dax reiterated that nothing has changed, and requested fans to let everything play out come April.
“These reports are going to say what they want, and that’s okay. I will say, nothing has changed and please allow everything to play out and come April, you’ll be able to understand what we’re doing and where we’re going.
“We have a month and 18 days left to make a decision on what we’re going to do. I’m not in any kind of peril as far as getting ourselves in trouble.”
transcription via Fightful
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