Dax Harwood Announces End Of His Podcast
AEW Tag Team Champion Dax Harwood is bringing his FTR podcast to an end and admits that the show might have been “more of a detriment to professional wrestling” than he intended.
Harwood’s podcast gave him a platform to share his forthright thoughts on the wrestling business and AEW but that did not come without controversy. Harwood unwittingly was embroiled in the middle of the ongoing AEW/CM Punk saga as he stuck up for his friend, much to the annoyance of a section of fans online.
Speaking on the final edition of his FTR podcast, Dax Harwood explained his intentions when he set out to do the podcast but now ultimately feels that it’s not good for wrestling:
“So when we started this podcast we just wanted to do good for wrestling. I was looking forward to bringing my thoughts on psychology, in-ring action, what I thought was good wrestling, my love for Bret Hart, and breaking down some of the things that we had done in our careers and some of our biggest moments. Never in a million years – (Harwood then reads a text from Cash Wheeler which praises Harwood for his integrity and honesty).
“To a fault, I’ve stood up for what I believe in, and to a fault, I speak my truth. Never have I pointed out or singled out one person and talked sh*t about them – except for Road Dogg, I did but I felt like I owed him that but I could be wrong. I probably didn’t, I probably should have just not said a word but that’s just not how I operate. I had an opportunity to spill my heart on how he made me feel, how he made me feel so minuscule, how he made me feel so small I had to let him know. Other than that, I have never talked bad about anyone that I worked with.”
“[…] I want to apologize to not only my fans, I wanna apologize to people who already didn’t like me and fans of, for example, The Young Bucks and fans of Kenny Omega, fans of MJF, or anybody else who I may have upset. I wanna apologize to them because I never wanted you to hate me so much that you would say some of the things you said to me.
“Going into this podcast, I never thought it would happen and I hate that it happened and again, like I told you earlier in the show, I thought I was way more mentally tough than I am but I admit that I’m not and I don’t think I can handle some of the things that are said. I don’t think I want my daughter ten years from now to read some of the things written about me.
“Ultimately, we wanted to do good for wrestling and I don’t think that this podcast – as much as we tried – I don’t think the podcast was reflecting that for whatever reason.”
Harwood’s co-host Matt Koon then made clear that AEW did not ask or pressure Dax Harwood to stop doing the podcast as they both confirmed it was the last episode. Koon also noted that there was no fallout and that they weren’t walking away due to online trolling.
“[…] I think we both feel we were causing more harm than good even though we were trying to do good, it just didn’t come across that way. I guess we just didn’t portray it that way. We were more of a detriment to professional wrestling than we thought and we never wanted to do that.”
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