FTR went by the ring name “The Revival” before joining AEW. The team was formed by the late Dusty Rhodes in 2014, then known as The Mechanics, and later simply “Dash and Dawson” when they made their WWE NXT debut. Over the past eight years, FTR has cemented their legacy as one of the greatest tag teams in professional wrestling history.
On April 10, 2020, Dax Harwood and Cash Wilder were granted their release from WWE. On the May 27, 2020, episode of Dynamite, FTR made their AEW debut, rescuing The Young Bucks from The Butcher and The Blade.
Dex Harwood and Cash Wilder were convinced that the WWE Tag Team Championship was meaningless, leading to FTR’s split with WWE. The pair were frustrated with the ridiculous booking of Vince McMahon’s tag team division and did not see a long-term plan for themselves in the company.
above FTR with Dax Harwood podcast, former Scott Dawson revealed his 6-figure salary in WWE before his release. The paycheck was apparently not a fair remuneration for their rigorous schedule.
“We were on the road every week. 4 days a week, 5 days a week. You know, so when you think that I signed this million dollar contract or whatever, it’s not that lucrative. Our deal was very bottom dollar. I’ll give you my word, I don’t know about Cash, but our first contract for the main list was 125, 150, 175 for three years. And that was it, you know.”
Those six-figure salaries may look great, but WWE Superstars are also responsible for paying their way on the road and making their own gear. That money isn’t immediately liquid, because being a pro wrestler costs a lot.
Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler were longtime friends and wrestled together on the independent circuit before becoming a tag team. In 2012, WWE hired Harwood based on his previous match with Wheeler. In 2014, WWE signed Wheeler to a developmental contract.
Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler enjoyed a legendary run in AEW last year. FTR became triple tag team champions, simultaneously holding the AAA, ROH, and IWGP World Tag Team Championships. Both are honored of Pro Wrestling Illustrated “Tag Team of the Year 2022” Award. Only time will tell what they will do in April when their contracts expire, or how much they will be paid.
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