The talented tag team known as FTR left WWE in 2020 when their contracts expired and now Dax Harwood is explaining why they made that decision.
FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) currently holds three sets of tag team titles: Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles, IWGP (New Japan) Tag Team Titles and the AAA Tag Team Titles in Mexico. They are former AEW Tag Team Champions that also held the Raw, Smackdown and NXT Titles in WWE when they were known as The Revival.
While FTR is known as one of the best tag teams in pro wrestling, Harwood has also had several terrific singles matches in AEW against the likes of CM Punk, Adam Cole and Claudio Castagnoli. Harwood headlined the September 9 edition of Rampage by challenging Castagnoli for the ROH World Title and while Harwood came up short, he continues to impress in every singles or tag team match he has.
Harwood was recently on the Mack Mania podcast where he spoke about talking to Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis before The Revival’s contracts were expiring:
“We knew that we could do more and as we were walking out the door to the time they tried to get us to sign a new contract, the head of talent relations at the time came to the door after we told him and Vince no thank you, he came to the door, shut the door, and said, ‘What if I can get you to one million a year?’ And at that point, money is money.”
It was a discussion with his grandmother that led to Harwood deciding on what was next for his wrestling future.
“My grandmother told me, because I was talking about it, she said, ‘How much money do you need?’ And that’s it. That’s it. I want to be happy with what I do. I mean, I love money and I’m able to give my daughter and my wife a life that I never had — Cash never had, as well — but on top of that, I’ve got to be happy.”
In March 2022, Harwood tweeted that he’d return to WWE in the future “if the money and circumstances were right.”
H/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.