The duo of Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, FTR, are on arguably the greatest run of their careers right now, holding not only the ROH World Tag Team Championship and the AAA Tag Team Championship, but also the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
While FTR are currently on top of the world right now, that wasn’t always the case with them in AEW. FTR spent most of their first year in AEW doing not much of note following their defeat to the Young Bucks at the 2020 All Out pay-per-view.
FTR then changed up their theme music and presentation, which was by design. Tony Khan recently spoke about the change to FTR’s music on Robbie Fox’s My Mom’s Basement podcast, where he admitted that the change to their music was done to repackage the team, as Khan wanted to book them stronger and get behind them.
“When FTR, I felt needed an overhaul, a repackaging and I really wanted to get behind them and signify that it was gonna be a new era for them in AEW and that we’re really getting behind them, I wanted to change their song since I was gonna try and book ‘em stronger than I had and do a better job than I had done with them and really I wanted to make them one of our top acts and one of my favorite entrance themes is the old Midnight Express theme and it’s different but, it’s probably more similar to the knockoff of The Midnight Express theme than it is the original theme but that’s by design. So, it’s very similar to the song I grew up on, you know, in the early 90s especially with ‘Beautiful’ Bobby [Eaton] and then going back and watching VHS tapes of Bobby and Stan [Lane], they always had that song and I went back to Bobby and Dennis [Condrey], they had the original song but I’d imagine that’d be a little bit more expensive and we wouldn’t be able to create our own content there so I asked for a theme inspired by the Midnight Express song and I think — I thought it was perfect and I took it to Dax [Harwood] and Cash [Wheeler] and they, at first, they were not sure, but they said, ‘Okay, we’ll try this. I mean it seems like a cool idea.’ They love The Midnight Express more than anybody and it’s worked out really well and it’s become a calling card for them and you know FTR’s in the house when you hear that theme so that’s a good example of it.”
FTR captured the IWGP Tag Team titles back at Forbidden Door, and are set to defend their ROH Tag Team Championship in a rematch with the Briscoes at Death Before Dishonor.
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