AEW Star Reveals They Have “Shoot” Issues With FTR Backstage


Ever since the “Brawl All” debacle, AEW has been plagued with rumours and reports of relationship breakdowns, backstage animosity and even physical altercations.

One thing that has done little to quell the rumours is Dax Harwood’s podcast. Since launching the podcast in 2022 he has addressed several controversies such as CM Punk and issues between, the Young Bucks and Tony Khan.

The podcast has made waves and spurred further reports emerging that those backstage weren’t happy with the star’s comments.

Now, AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Gunn Club have added more fuel to the fire by divulging their “shoot” heat with fellow tag team wrestlers. In an interview with WrestleZone, Austin and Colten Gunn spoke at length about their backstage animosity with FTR.

“So when we got into it, we had to look at a team that we wanted to emulate and be like and we just gravitated towards FTR. We’d ask them questions all the time and look for guidance. We respected them so much and then we wrestled them the first time. We’ve wrestled them four times and when we wrestled them the first time, we were so excited.

Right after that match, everything changed with us and FTR. They no longer saw us [as somebody they helped], they saw us as peers and they saw exactly how good we were. They didn’t have time for us anymore so we made it our vendetta that we were gonna end their legacy and we did. We beat them. We’ve wrestled them four times and they’ve never beat us straight up.

The first time, Wardlow interfered. The second time they had to use the AEW Champion [CM Punk] in a six man match. The third time, our own guy hit Austin in the head with a crutch. The fourth time when it was just us and FTR, that’s it. We beat them. Then we went out and we held a funeral for them and we ended their legacy.

That chapter is done just like The Acclaimed chapter is done. They’re in our rear view mirror. We’re done with them. I do not like them, I do not want to see them come back. They can go to whatever other promotion they want to go to, but we’re done with them. We ended that legacy. There’s no more seven star FTR, just The Gunns.

The brother then added that hard feelings exist between the teams backstage before stating they don’t care if Dax and Cash ever return to the promotion.

“Yeah, I got sent a few things on Twitter that Dax was talking about us on his podcast and it just put all of that into perspective.” Austin Gunn said. “Shoot, me and Colten don’t get along with FTR anymore backstage. So like he said, we don’t care where they go. We don’t care about their contracts, we don’t care about them coming back. That’s shoot. We don’t get along.

We hate to see it come to that. I never wanna bash any other wrestlers, but I think they wanted to be these guys backstage where everybody came and asked them questions and they wanted to be the veterans backstage and when me and Colten no longer asked them for advice, I think they took that personally and now you can feel it backstage. We don’t talk to them, they don’t talk to us. I don’t care. I don’t care.”

Will FTR return to AEW?

FTR, have established themselves as one of the best tag teams on the planet in and were voted the Wrestling Observer Tag Team Of The Year for 2022. They also picked up the award for Feud Of The Year with The Briscoes, but with AEW only congratulating the Briscoes for the honour, rumours ran rife that FTR were unhappy.

This comes amid further speculation that the duo’s contracts are set to expire in April. Harwood recently discussed the team’s future with our very own Kenny McIntosh.