The ongoing podcast war of words between Dax Harwood and Road Dogg has continued with Harwood defending himself while making the point that the WWE Hall of Famer is not telling the truth about some things.
In today’s wrestling world, the action in the ring is as good as ever in many ways while there are plenty of storylines between WWE, AEW and other promotions to keep fans interested. There’s also the behind-the-scenes info that is never-ending while podcasts tend to provide a lot of entertainment as well.
Two wrestlers with podcasts are Dax Harwood of the current AEW tag team known as FTR (with Cash Wheeler) along with WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg, who works for WWE as Senior Vice President of Live Events while also working as a producer as well. Road Dogg was also a Producer in NXT during his post-wrestling career as well as the Head Writer on Smackdown for several years in the mid-to-late 2010s.
In late December 2022, Dax Harwood launched his FTR podcast and spoke about issues he had with Road Dogg. That led to Road Dogg talking about how they got off on the wrong foot and in response to Harwood claiming Road Dogg wasn’t respectful to him at the Raw 25th Anniversary special in 2018, Dogg apologized for that.
Dax Harwood spoke about Road Dogg again in a new episode of the FTR podcast covering The Revival’s (the name for Harwood’s team in WWE) start in WWE NXT. As Harwood spoke about Road Dogg again, he made it clear this wasn’t a storyline or work of any kind: “There’s no payoff. He’s not gonna get in the ring with me, so there’s no payoff. Why even delve into that?”
This led to Harwood explaining how he didn’t use an idea from Dogg, which led to some of their problems.
“When I was putting the match together with American Alpha for Dallas and he offered his idea. I would never in a million years say ‘oh no, I’m not doing that.’ Never in a million years did I do that. I took his idea and I said okay. But I didn’t use it. Which doesn’t mean it’s bad. It doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. It just means that it didn’t fit the story that I was trying to tell.”
Harwood also responded to Road Dogg’s claims that Dax was selfish.
“Talking about the Dallas match, he said “you heard Dax, he said I, I, I, I, I.” And… yes. And the reason is because Jason Jordan and Chad Gable at that point had become really really good friends of mine. Gable, still one of my best friends, we talk all the time. At that point in their career, they were very very very green.”
“Cash at that point in his career had done a lot, he was really good; he was incredible. But he trusted me, y’know? Also he and I talked! We were on the same page. So these guys who were still very green in professional wrestling allowed the guy who has been doing this for over a decade to call the match — with their input.”
“Now Road Dogg spins it and says “Dax was saying I, I, I, I” when Road Dogg knows deep down that the veteran whose had the most matches calls the match. I called the match and I’m pretty sure it got some pretty good acclaim, okay? Road Dogg knows that the senior, the veteran, the man with the most matches calls the match. He KNOWS that. Never did I say, ‘I don’t want to hear your ideas.’ Never. I just pieced everything together because I felt that I knew where things went and fit perfectly.”
Regarding the WWE Raw 25th anniversary issues from 2018, Dax Harwood claimed that Road Dogg’s comments were spinning a narrative.
“Going to RAW 25, he says ‘I’m sorry if I upset Dax by not saying thank you, but I don’t think I had to come back and say thank you for doing your job.’ Again, he is spinning a narrative to try to get fans on his side because he knows it’s a time-honoured tradition, for years and years, when you get finished with a segment, when you get finished with a match, when there’s business done, you walk to the back and say thank you. That’s how it’s always been, right?”
“One, you say thank you for keeping me safe, so I can go home tomorrow and hang out with my family. You say thank you for bumping around for me and making me look good so I can continue to make money. He KNOWS that. He absolutely knows that. He’s spun his narrative so he didn’t look like the bad guy. Which is what I think he did the whole time I was in WWE, which in turn makes me not trust him.”
Dax Harwood also told the story about how Road Dogg once tweeted about keeping The Revival (Harwood’s team in WWE) off the main roster.
“Now going to the tweet that he put out, saying that I’ll ‘never move up to the main roster.’ He says, well, ‘I couldn’t have prevented that.’ We have the physical tweet. He was head writer of Smackdown. He condescendingly said, ‘I’m glad you thought I had enough power to keep you off the main roster.’ But [Road Dogg’s] tweet said, verbatim: “I’ll keep you off the main roster.” If he wants we can retweet the picture of that tweet.”
“Then he said, yes, there was a call, but it was to ‘let me know that I was wrong.’ No no no. The call was from [Senior Director of WWE Talent Relations at the time] Mark Carrano, with Road Dogg, and he said ‘You know Road Dogg, Brian, he was just kidding, right? You know that, right? We all know that he was just kidding.’ They were covering their tracks. He knows that. As a man of God, he knows that.”
Lastly, Dax added that it’s a case of not telling the truth: “I’m not saying that Road Dogg is a bad person. I’m just saying those three instances, he’s not telling the truth.”
As for his wrestling future, Dax Harwood said recently that FTR is on a break from AEW for a few months and their contracts are up in April 2023. At that point, they’ll decide what to do in the future.