FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) recently appeared as guests on Chris Jericho’s Talk Is Jericho podcast to talk about the life and pro wrestling career of Brodie Lee. According to FTR, Brodie wanted to team up with them to form a new rendition of The Radicalz in AEW.
The Radicalz were a wrestling stable in WWE, then known as WWF. The members were former WCW wrestlers Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn, and Dean Malenko with Terri Runnels later joining as Saturn’s girlfriend. The group were some of the biggest stars of WCW who at the time were already in a group called The Revolution. In the height of the Monday Night Wars, Revolution moved over to the WWE in 2000 to form The Radicalz.
This seemingly inspired Brodie Lee to suggest a similar angle for he, Cash and Dax as their WWE contracts were running out. At the time Brodie was pitching the idea to FTR he had no idea about AEW’s plans to have him involved in the Dark Order storyline. They said:
We had a group text with him, and he said, ‘I want us to be The Radicalz.’ Me, Cash and him, he wanted us to be The Radicalz. We had these big, grandiose plans to come in together.
Our contracts were coming up real soon, until some things happened. His plan and our plan was to be The Radicalz here.
But he didn’t know about The Dark Order stuff, until it was pitched.
Wheeler and Harwood went on to reveal how proud Brodie Lee was of the last run he had in AEW and how it was getting better every week too. Brodie was having some of his favorite times in the wrestling business and that this was the best work he had ever done – something nobody can deny.
It was getting better every week too. It’s already the most heartbreaking situation I could possibly imagine but knowing how happy he was and how well things were going for him personally and professionally.
It’s easy for people to say, ‘Oh, they’re saying that because they’re with AEW now. I’m telling you as one of my best friends and also a work colleague, this was his favorite time in the business, this was the best work he had ever done and he was so proud of this last run. When he won the belt from Cody [Rhodes], he could not wait to take the belt home to show little Brodie.
Recently FTR had renamed their finishing move from the ‘Goodnight Express’ to the ‘Big Rig’, acting as their way of keeping a bit of Brodie Lee’s legacy alive in professional wrestling.