FTR continue to support their friend, CM Punk.
Ring of Honor, IWGP, and AAA Tag Team Champions, Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler of FTR have broken their silence on the recent drama surrounding CM Punk, Adam Page, and Jon Moxley.
When appearing on ‘DAZN’s The Walkway To Fight Club‘ show, Wheeler says he believes most of the issues backstage in the company stem from problems well before AEW was around:
“I think it’s a lot of things from the past, honestly. I think there’s a lot of old grudges, there’s a lot of old biases, and I think there’s a lot of unresolved issues that are kind of tainting how people react to him now.” Wheeler describes Punk as “nothing but nice and helpful to anybody that wants it,” including himself and his partner Dax Harwood. “I know there’s underlying animosity once you’re in wrestling for so long and especially at the top,” Wheeler ruminated, “there’s gonna be guys that don’t get along because you’re all vying for the same thing, you want the same title, egos are gonna hit. It’s inevitable.”
On the subject of CM Punk specifically, Wheeler says while many people have already drawn their on conclusions on the story, Punk hasn’t yet told his side:
“Anything to the contrary I think it’s uneducated to go off of it. He’s not gonna give it that much time of day and that much notoriety because it doesn’t deserve it. But I will say, there’s two sides to every story, somewhere in the middle that’s the truth. He’s been nothing but a great person,” Wheeler said, reiterating that Punk has been “a great mentor” that wants what’s best for AEW. “That’s why he wants the biggest houses, biggest gates, the most fans in the arena.”
“I think it’s just going to be one of those things where time will tell. Over time, you’ll see that he has been well-meaning, he has been doing some good stuff, and like I said, anything to the contrary is, in my opinion, just people being childish and behaving like middle-schoolers.”
In case you missed it, Punk began the August 17 episode of AEW: Dynamite by unsolicitedly calling out ‘Hangman’ Adam Page and when the former champion didn’t answer Punk’s call, the Chicago-native called Page a coward. It was later revealed that Punk’s comments weren’t planned with Page nor AEW President, Tony Khan and were a response to a past promo from Page during their feud leading into the Double Or Nothing pay-per-view, earlier this year, in which Punk wasn’t too keen on.
FTR have had their own squabble recently as the pair were ‘removed’ form the upcoming AEW: Fight Forever video game, you can find out more on that story by clicking here.