On August 18th, news broke that Wheeler had been arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm stemming from a “road rage-type incident” on July 27th.
The alleged victim claims they saw Wheeler “weaving in and out of traffic honking his horn”, and when they pulled over to let him past, he “pointed a black semi-automatic handgun out of the driver’s window at them with a strong stare.” This caused the alleged victim to “fear for their life.”
Wheeler entered a plea of not guilty to the charge on August 3rd and is requesting a jury trial for the case.
The charge comes at an inopportune time for the star, as he is only days away from possibly the biggest match of his career as he and Dax Harwood are set to defend the AEW Tag Team Championships against The Young Bucks in front of over 80,000 fans in Wembley Stadium at All In.
Champions FTR will face long-time rivals The Young Bucks at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, August 27 at 6pm BST/1pm ET/10am PT 🇬🇧
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) August 15, 2023
Will Dax Harwood be part of AEW All In?
According to a new report from Sports Illustrated, the arrest has not affected plans for the blockbuster bout as Wheeler is still expected to wrestle at All In regardless.
This means that we will find out who the greatest tag team in the company truly is as FTR and The Young Bucks currently have one win apiece in their series.
Aside from still being part of the biggest show in AEW’s history, Dave Meltzer recently reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that the star is unlikely to face any punishment at all, although the situation might have been different if the incident had caused the company any “heat.”