FTR Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood made their comeback on Sunday’s AEW Revolution pay-per-view to attack the AEW World Tag Team Champions. The Gunns after an effective title defense.
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FTR had been absent since asking Tony Khan, the president of AEW, for a vacation earlier this year. On his most recent FTR Podcast episode, Harwood talked about the situation with FTR and stated that nothing had changed between FTR and AEW. As of the time the episode was produced, FTR still had one month and eighteen days left on their contracts, therefore their comeback does not imply that they had re-signed with AEW.
“Zero has changed, let’s put it that way,” Harwood said of FTR’s status following Revolution. “We got a call from Tony and this was, maybe, five days before the pay-per-view, maybe, it could have been four days before the pay-per-view. I don’t know and I’m just guessing that he either heard a clip, listened to the podcast, or read one of the headlines where I said we were ready to come back, our bodies were healed, we were just waiting for the call and we wanted to do what was right by the business because we are contracted through April.”
Harwood discussed FTR’s choices for the future in more detail, bringing up the possibility of a WWE comeback, sticking with AEW, working independent wrestling, and NJPW.
“Our choice right now is strictly on happiness, that’s all,” Harwood said. “The pros of staying in AEW is a great schedule where I can come home and be with my family.
The pros of WWE is they are the number one, at least and for the foreseeable future too, they are the number one money-making profession wrestling company in the world and monetarily, they could offer us a great deal too. But WWE, I don’t feel like we would have the kind of schedule that we would like.
Another pro for AEW is, unless Tony changes his mind come April, we will be able to do independent bookings, great relationship with New Japan where we can go. Doing New Japan, doing the independents, going out and being able to do comic-cons and things and meeting some of our fans, those are the pros in AEW. WWE, they are on a creative high right now and I think that they could be able to keep that creative high up.”
FTR Already Signed New Deal?
It was reported earlier this week that FTR were tied to long-term deals – Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com noted how
“the belief was that FTR are locked into long-term deals with AEW and their disappearance and tease of going elsewhere was just a storyline cover.”
Its been reported backstage that AEW did everything possible to keep the return of FTR a surprise and Fightful.com noted how it “was kept very quiet backstage.”