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FTR is off AEW TV for at least the ‘next few months’


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Dax Harwood broke some news about the future of FTR on the latest episode of FTR with Dax Harwood Podcast. It looks like FTR may be locked out of AEW TV for the rest of their current contracts, which expire in April, because they’ve been given time off:

“We’re at the end of our careers. I’m 38. I talked last week about how hard it was playing with my daughter, things like that… So I think right now, this point in our careers is the most important time in our careers. I mean it in terms of Financial. I mean it creatively. I mean it personally.”

“With that being said, we’ve asked for and been given the next few months of TV so we can sit back and think and decide, let our bodies heal, and figure out what we’re going to do in the next few years. Because whatever we decide to do next will be the last thing we do, period,” As much as wrestling.”

“I don’t see myself in five years facing the independents and wrestling with the independents. I don’t see myself working in five years touring Japan, touring Mexico, or traveling around the world and fighting everywhere. That’s why the next few months are the few months.” most important to us.”

“I have to take my health, I have to take my family, I have to take my creativity, and I have to take everything in my personal life into consideration about what we’re going to do next. I know what I want to do, but whatever we do, I just want to be respected. We did something special in 2022 and most of that is part of it for the fans. I think we deserve to continue building on our legacy for ourselves, but we also owe it to the fans to build on that legacy because they made us last year.”

“So here’s my news, are we going to be away for a little while. I’m not sure exactly how long we’re going to be away. It might be until the end of our contract. I don’t know yet… the contract expired in April.”

“by [the beginning of] April…we’ll have an answer. I don’t know if you’ll see us again on TV before this, but that’s our plan for now.”

If the future of FTR comes down to choosing between WWE and AEW, then the recent news of Vince McMahon’s return to WWE should be a factor in his decision-making process. When co-host Matt Con Dax asked vaguely what “anything in the news in the last few days” was affecting his thinking about the future, Harwood had the following response:

“I’d be lying to you if I said no, it’s not like that at all, but of course it does.”

“If I feel like we’re not being respected the way I think we should… I mean as entities as much as personalities and what we’ve done and what we’ve accomplished and who we are, but also as human beings, I wouldn’t hesitate to explore other options. Whether those options are taking a year off and doing things we love, It could be that, or whether these choices are presented to me in other forms. There are too many things for me to weigh, and I cannot give you a straight answer.”

One of the reasons he can’t give a straight answer is because any such decision about FTR’s future would have to be mutually agreed upon with his tag team partner, Cash Wheeler, just as they have done together for the past 10 years.

For what it’s worth, elsewhere on the podcast, Dax mentioned that Tony Khan was “top notch” for FTR, while acknowledging some occasional creative differences. Most damning, though, was his take on Vince McMahon:

“I think the people on the main roster knew there was no real money in tag team wrestling because Vince didn’t like them. No matter what someone else wanted to tell you, Vince didn’t like it. He doesn’t like tag team wrestling.”

There’s still a lot of uncertainty about how Vince McMahon’s latest power play will shake out, in terms of who’s creative WWE running later this year. If Vince is the guy running the show (instead of Triple H), it doesn’t seem like WWE would be a good fit for the popular tag team wrestler who considers the next few years the most important time in his career. But FTR has plenty of time to assess the professional wrestling scene before making this decision.

What is your reaction to the Harwood news, Cagesiders?


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