FTR has responded to the reports seemingly confirming that the current AAA, ROH, and IWGP Tag Team Champions will miss out on being in the AEW video game.
2022 has been quite the year for the team of Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood as they became seven-star FTR, courtesy of their numerous tag team title wins. At Forbidden Door in June, FTR added the IWGP Tag Team Championship from New Japan Pro Wrestling to the ROH and AAA Tag Team Championships they already held.
Despite this, according to a new report from Fightful Select, FTR looks set to miss out on being part of AEW’s inaugural video game, Fight Forever.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, FTR clarified the situation with Cash Wheeler beginning by saying the only issue they have is that they were blindsided by the news when they found out:
“The only real issue is we were kind of blindsided by it. We found out, not how you would expect. When you find out something like that, something major like being taken out of a video game, your mind automatically assumes the worst. For us, it was like, ‘is this something we need to worry about? Should we read between the lines here? Were we not told for a reason? Now that we are aware and we are out, what is that reason? Is it something we should worry about?’”
“We got an answer, it made a lot of sense, a very logical answer. Okay, cool, as long as we don’t have to worry about it, non-issue. That’s what it was. We’ve known about it since May, June, I don’t know how long, but for months. The fact that it came out yesterday, no idea why. Don’t know exactly what happened yesterday, don’t know why it just now became a headline, but we’ve known about it for a while, we got answers on it a while ago and for us, it’s not even an issue or thought about.”
Dax Harwood added that they immediately spoke to Tony Khan after finding out but emphasises that the team are not upset at the situation:
“The headline can be, ‘FTR is not upset, FTR does not blame anyone for pulling us out of the game.’ We heard about this, I want to say March, it was before the Briscoes match and we heard about it a long time ago. One of the journalists messaged me and said, ‘Is this true?’ I ignored it didn’t respond to him, the first thing I did is text Cash, obviously. ‘Have you heard about this?’ ‘No, let’s text Tony and find out.’”
“We text Tony, we went through the right chain of commands. We text Tony, talked to him. Legal texted us, talked with them a bit, we got our answer, and it was a non-issue. We wanted to make sure we weren’t doing something wrong and if there was something we could do to correct that, let us know.”
“Months later, this article comes out, I couldn’t believe it didn’t come out in March. It blindsided both of us. I don’t care to be in the video game. My worry is leaving a legacy, having fun with my best friend, and on top of all that, taking care of Maria and Finley [wife and daughter].”