Ahead of AEW Full Gear this weekend, WrestleTalk.com and Wrestling Daily’s Louis Dangoor had the pleasure of sitting down with FTR, the reigning AEW World Tag Team Champions, for an interview.
At the upcoming pay-per-view, FTR are going to defend their championships against The Young Bucks. The match has been built since FTR joined AEW in May, but has really been teased online for around four years now.
While the in-ring action at Full Gear will undeniably be fantastic, many fans have been somewhat disappointed with the build to the match, with both FTR and The Young Bucks displaying heelish tendencies, meaning fans feel they don’t have a true babyface to root for.
It seems like FTR may share in this assessment, as the pair opened up to Louis Dangoor about their feelings towards the build of the match, nothing that “it could have been better”. Here’s exactly what they had to say on the matter:
Dax Harwood: “We begged for our release from WWE for two years, and I’m not saying that with any bitterness. We begged for our release from WWE because of this match… Am I happy with the build? I think the build to this match could be a little bit better. Obviously when you’re an artist, you think that your piece is the most important piece in the whole muesum, and I do believe that. I don’t know if that comes off as selfish or not, but we believe that our piece in the AEW art is the most important art in the muesum of Full Gear. The build, I feel, could have been a little bit better. We could have had a little more time devoted to this match and to make it a little more special. But with everything that has been given to us, we all four have put every ounce of effort into these next few weeks of building to make sure it’s just as important as we want it to come off, just as important as the fans had hoped it to be and I think that at Full Gear, you’re going to see quite possibly the greatest tag team match of all time… This match is super important to us, I wish the build could have been a little bit better, but I’ll tell you this, the next few months should be fun.
Cash Wheeler: “It’s kind of surreal, I don’t know if it’s really sunk in yet that it’s less than two weeks away. What is it, eight days away right now? I have this tension in me, this energy and anxiety that I haven’t felt since the American Alpha stuff, the DIY stuff just because we hope that this lives up to the expectations that we have for it and the fans have for it. We have dreamed about being the best tag team in the world and proving it to the point where nobody can ever deny that. We hope this match can be a defining tag team match for our generation….
Dax Harwood: “For so long, professional wrestling has kind of bastardised tag team wrestling and it’s been put on the backburner. We’re hoping that this isn’t the pinnacle of tag team wrestling, we hope it is the beginning of the build for tag team wrestling, to show how important tag team wrestling is, to show what an integral part of tag team wrestling this can be
Cash Wheeler: To get to your question, the build hasn’t been exactly what I hope it would be, and maybe we won’t main event Full Gear, but we are going to guaran-god damn-tee that no one on that show can follow us after that and there’s nothing left standing. Those fans are going to be so spent and people watching at home are going to be so exhausted, that we are going to be on our last legs so that people know, without a shadow of doubt, that it was the best tag team match they are ever going to see.”
Following on from this, the pair spoke more about what their upcoming match with The Young Bucks means to them on a personal note, with Cash calling it a “love letter to tag team wrestling”.
The full interview has been released on Wrestle2, check that out to see FTR speak about working with Tully Blanchard, just how great Randy Orton is, a match they are begging Tony Khan for and much more.
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