The amount of former WWE Superstars currently in All Elite Wrestling has brought them much controversy, but FTR believes this to be a great strategy.
Since launching in 2019, All Elite Wrestling has amassed one of wrestling’s most varied rosters, which includes a vast amount of ex-WWE Superstars. Jon Moxley, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho, Adam Cole, Toni Storm, and countless others have become All Elite in the past three years, with Tony Khan’s signing spree not slowing down any time soon. Just recently, he signed Samoa Joe to AEW, a former three-time NXT Champion.
Khan’s constant signings have brought him controversy, with many feeling these signings aren’t always treated with the booking respect many had expected them to receive.
Despite all of this, FTR has defended their boss, calling anyone who complains about Khan’s signings a fool. Speaking with Dallas Morning News ahead of the ROH Supercard Of Honor XV pay-per-view, Dax Harwood called it the greatest roster in the world (h/t Fightful):
“I think that Tony Khan is trying to assemble the greatest roster in the world, one of the greatest rosters he possibly can because he wants to put on the greatest product that he can. And anyone who complains about that, I’ll say they are a fool. Because he’s doing this – he spent a s**t-ton of money to bring back CM Punk. You think he did that for himself? Or do you think he did that for the enjoyment of the fans and he wanted the fans to be happy? I think it’s the latter part.
Yeah, it’s easy to say all these guys from WWE are coming over, but the guys that are coming over are professional wrestlers. That’s what we are. We’re not WWE guys. We’re professional wrestlers. I mean, God, I was barely making it – same thing with Cash – on the independent circuit because we wanted to be successful professional wrestlers. And right now, we’re still a brand new company and Tony is trying to assemble the greatest roster that he possibly can so fans can enjoy the greatest product they can.”
Harwood and Cash Wheeler signed with AEW in the summer of 2020 as they unveiled their transition from The Revival into FTR, quickly capturing the company’s World Tag Team Championships from Kenny Omega and Adam Page at the second All Out pay-per-view. Owing to their incredible body of work in AEW, FTR was also ranked number one out of fifty in Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Tag Team 50.
FTR currently wrestles for Ring Of Honor and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide on top of their AEW commitments. They currently hold the World Tag Team Championships of both, the former of which came at the aforementioned Supercard Of Honor XV.