FTR reveal what WWE Chairman told them before they left the WWE and took their talents to rival promotion All Elite Wrestling.
During their time at NXT, FTR (then known as the Revival) were touted as the greatest tag team of the modern era. They dominated the tag team division at NXT. They were constantly being mentioned in the same breath as tag team greats, both past and present.
Following their promotion to the main roster however, their momentum came to a screeching halt. Instead of building the division around them, they were used as fillers in pointless matches to get through 3 hours of television every Monday.
With their stocks falling rapidly, FTR decided to part ways with the company despite being handsomely paid for their services.
“We knew for a while that we had to get out of WWE,” Harwood said in an interview with Inside The Ropes. “They treated us very well monetarily. I got to take care of my family through everything WWE gave us. But I think that myself and Cash knew that if we wanted to leave the legacy that we had in mind, we needed to get out of the WWE.
FTR reveal what Vince McMahon told them before they left WWE
FTR then went on to compare new boss Tony Khan with Vince McMahon. He claimed that while both of them loved pro-wrestling, Vince has a grander vision of his perception of what the business should be.
“I don’t want to come off as bitter toward WWE cause we are not bitter,” Harwood said. “But, it’s honestly night and day. The biggest difference is Tony and AEW are not afraid of being pro wrestling, they embrace it. They embrace the qualities that pro wrestling brings, they embrace that phrase and they love pro wrestling.
“I think Vince loves pro wrestling too, but I think he wants it to be bigger and grander than his perception of pro wrestling. With Tony and AEW, they’re not afraid of that.
“It’s such a broken system there”
They revealed that it was much easier to approach Tony Khan than Vince because the WWE chairman had surrounded himself with writers who are too scared to approach him. In fact, FTR claim that McMahon himself apologized to them for the broken system within the company.
“It’s very busy on the television days, but it’s easier to get in contact with Tony than it is with Vince,” Harwood revealed. “With Vince, they have 30 writers that don’t belong [in WWE], they get paid a ton of money and get first class seats while we’re sitting coach. They’re afraid to talk to Vince, they’re afraid to see him face to face. They don’t even want to be known that they work there so they can keep collecting a paycheck. It’s such a broken system there.
“We talked with Vince,” Dax added. “Our last meeting with Vince he apologized because we had been sending all these pitches in and he had never seen them because the writers were too afraid to approach him with different ideas and he apologized for the system being broken.”
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