FTR won’t be returning to AEW television any time soon, and Dax Harwood explained why that decision was made.
Though they have yet to grasp the AEW Tag Team Championships, it wasn’t long ago that FTR held the AAA, IWGP, and ROH Tag Team Championships, putting them firmly in the conversation as one of the best tag teams in the world.
However, the team lost all three titles within the span of a month, and their last appearance on AEW television saw them suffer a loss to the Gunn Club on the December 21st episode of AEW Dynamite.
In the latest episode of FTR with Dax Harwood, the tag team star revealed that he and partner Cash Wheeler are taking an extended leave of absence from AEW with the blessing of company president Tony Khan.
“I also have the blessing of Tony Khan to talk about this and make a statement about this. Tony has been nothing but top-notch to me and Dan [Cash] since day one. There are things that we haven’t agreed on, as any boss and any employee, even any friend. There are times that I felt the boat was missed on opportunities for us. There were times that I was super happy with everything we were doing, but there has come a time where we are on the tail end of our career.
“Right now, at this point in our career, is the most important time in our career. I mean that monetarily, creatively, and personally. It is the most important time in our career. With that being said, we have asked and been granted the next few months off of television so we can sit back, reflect, decide, let out bodies heal, and figure out what we’re going to do for the next few years. Whatever we decide to do next will be the absolute last thing we do as far as wrestling.”
Continuing, Dax Harwood assured fans that FTR will have an answer as to their future by this coming April.
“By April, we will have an answer. I have to take my health, my family, my creativity, and I have to take my personal life all in 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.
“I feel we have done something so special in 2022 and most of that is in part to the fans. We deserve to continue to build on our legacy for ourselves, but also we owe it to the fans to build on that legacy because they made us this past year. I’m not sure exactly how long we’ll be away. It may be all the way until the end of our contract. Our contract is up in April.”