Former AEW World Tag Team Champions, FTR, have spoken about how reforming The Four Horsemen would be a step backwards for both themselves and the business in general.
Often imitated, never duplicated, The Four Horsemen are arguably professional wrestling’s greatest ever faction.
Originally consisting of leader Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Ole Anderson and manager J.J Dillon, the team spawned countless spin-offs including several throughout the lifespans of WCW. Though Ric Flair remained the constant, those round him would change to include the likes of Paul Roma, Chris Benoit, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious, Dean Malenko and even for a very brief period, Sting.
So beloved and successful were they, the group were the basis of two Four Horsewomen factions. One in professional wrestling consisting of Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Bayley, and one in the world of MMA collecting Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.
Now, FTR have spoken about the wish of the audience for them to form the latest version of the group alongside original member and their current manager, Tully Blanchard, during an appearance on the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Podcast.
When askes about the possibility of bringing the greatest faction in wrestling history, Cash waved away the notion and instead stated that should an alliance come to fruition, then they would look ahead and not back:
“The idea is very flattering, to be mentioned in the same breath as the Four Horsemen and any sort of revival. Probably one of the best compliments we’ll ever get, but I don’t think there is ever going to be a way to copy that. What they had, everything they did, was organic and magic. That’s why it worked so well. It wasn’t forced or brought up in a creative room by a bunch of guys who had no wrestling experience. It was four guys, plus JJ [Dillon] who all had something special separate, and it worked well together. Tully has given us the details on how it started. Seeing how little the plan was going in, and what it became, is unreal. I don’t think we’ll be ever to truly copy that and do it justice, but it is very flattering.”
As for Dax, he believes that the Horseman model would be exactly what they would aim to accomplish but with a different idea:
“As a team and unit, for what we want to accomplish, it would be a huge disservice to us both. People have asked Flair, Arn, and Tully and they’ve given us their blessing. If we were better wrestlers or talkers, it doesn’t matter because that was a once in a lifetime group that can never be replicated. To try and replicate it, you’re going backward. That’s one thing we don’t want to do. That’s why we left our former employer because we don’t want to go backward, we want to go forward. However, the blueprint of the Four Horsemen, is absolutely and goal and theme that we run with. There are a ton of talent that could be intriguing and we could turn AEW’s corner and make them, maybe the top wrestling company in the world, by having a group of individuals who work as one unit with the common goal of being the best in the world. That blueprint could change professional wrestling.”
With or without gold, FTR are the premier team in All Elite Wrestling as proved by their tremendous outings since joining the company. At AEW Full Gear, Dax and Cash lost their titles to The Young Bucks in a thriller and on December 9 will once again strut their stuff against The Varsity Blondes.
Credit for the interview: Pro Wrestling Illustrated Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Fightful