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Dax Harwood Says FTR Are Currently “Laughing In The Face” Of Former WWE Coach

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Dax Harwood says that FTR are laughing the face of a former WWE Performance Center coach, after the duo worked to bring back the art of tag team wrestling.

During a recent conversation with Elite POV, AEW stars FTR discussed how they came to team together, and how they made a conscious effort to try and revive tag team wrestling.

Dax Harwood explained that the pair decided to place an emphasis on old-fashioned, tag team wrestling and working as a team, rather than just two individuals in a match together.

“In 2014, for some reason, there was a time where tag team wrestling, the actual art of it got lost,” Dax claimed “It became two singles guys doing their stuff, just tagging in and out, doing their stuff. We talked to each other and we said, ‘hey, let’s not be selfish, let’s not try to outshine each other, let’s make this unit the best that we can.’

I’ll say this to pat ourselves on the back. Before us, you didn’t see tag matches, of the modern era at least, the heels grab a hold and the babyfaces working for the tag. You didn’t see that. You didn’t see hope spots that were slightly elaborate to give that baby a little bit of hope and have the heel stop them there. What you saw was a hold, the fans would start to come up,” he said. “The two guys would start to come up, bring the elbows to the stomach. They’d hit the ropes and the heel would do something and the heel would hit some kind of cool move.

“That was in every single tag match, and we didn’t want to do that,” Harwood noted. “We wanted to be completely different. It’s so cliché to say now, and I hate the word art, but we really did at the time, 2014, we wanted to bring back the art of tag team wrestling.”

 

Cash Wheeler went on to highlight the revival of tag team wrestling in recent years.

“I feel like there’s different eras of tag team wrestling. There will be peaks and there will be valleys, and there was a valley for a while. That’s not to say there were no good teams,” he said. “There were good teams, there just weren’t as many good teams that wrestled a true, traditional tag-team style.

“And, tag team wrestling as a whole just didn’t get the time.,” Wheeler added. “Now, there’s enough insanely talented tag teams out there and enough people that like to watch it that it gets 30 minutes to close a Dynamite. It gets 20 minutes to open a Rampage. Tag team wrestling is getting the respect again and that’s what we hoped would happen. This is a new era, this is the new peak for tag team wrestling.”

Wheeler and Harwood performed together under a number of aliases in WWE from 2014 until moving to AEW in May 2020. During this six-year period, the pair became the company’s first ever Triple Crown Tag Team Champions, claiming the gold on NXT, Raw and SmackDown.

However, it was in NXT where the duo enjoyed their strongest run, with acclaimed feuds against the likes of American Alpha and Ezo and Cass.

Later in the interview, Harwood hit out at a former WWE Performance Center coach, commenting that he hopes they know he’s laughing in his face.

“There’s a former coach at the PC, that I hope he’s looking at us and knowing that we are laughing at him in the face. Well, I won’t put Cash in that position,” he stressed. “Knowing that I am laughing at him in the face.”

During the conversation, the pair also recalled incident where they planned to beat up an unnamed WWE producer.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.