Austin & Colten Gunn get candid about FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler).
Throughout The Gunns' tenure in All Elite Wrestling, the duo have worked with quite a few teams. However, they have worked with FTR quite a bit, as the two teams have stood across the ring from one another on five separate occasions, which all occurred in 2022.
Most recently, The Gunns defeated FTR in a regular tag team match on the December 21 edition of AEW Dynamite. The week after the win, Austin & Colten held a funeral for FTR, promptly writing them off of television. The duo have yet to return to AEW since the loss, although they would go on to drop both the AAA and IWGP Tag Team Championships in the days after being defeated by The Gunns.
Ahead of the Casino Tag Team Royale on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite, The Gunns spoke at length about FTR in a new interview with WrestleZone.
“So I started about two years ago." Colten Gunn said. "When we were younger, we weren’t really allowed to watch wrestling that much because my dad was in the Attitude Era and you had people flicking each other off and telling people to suck it, so we weren’t really allowed to watch it that much. So when we got into it, we had to look at a team that we wanted to emulate and be like and we just gravitated towards FTR. We’d ask them questions all the time and look for guidance. We respected them so much and then we wrestled them the first time. We’ve wrestled them four times and when we wrestled them the first time, we were so excited. Right after that match, everything changed with us and FTR. They no longer saw us [as somebody they helped], they saw us as peers and they saw exactly how good we were. They didn’t have time for us anymore so we made it our vendetta that we were gonna end their legacy and we did. We beat them. We’ve wrestled them four times and they’ve never beat us straight up. The first time, Wardlow interfered. The second time they had to use the AEW Champion [CM Punk] in a six man match. The third time, our own guy hit Austin in the head with a crutch. The fourth time when it was just us and FTR, that’s it. We beat them. Then we went out and we held a funeral for them and we ended their legacy. That chapter is done just like The Acclaimed chapter is done. They’re in our rear view mirror. We’re done with them. I do not like them, I do not want to see them come back. They can go to whatever other promotion they want to go to, but we’re done with them. We ended that legacy. There’s no more seven star FTR, just The Gunns.”
Austin Gunn went on to straight up say that they don't get along with Harwood or Wheeler anymore, noting that they don't care about their contracts or if they ever come back to AEW.
“Yeah, I got sent a few things on Twitter that Dax was talking about us on his podcast and it just put all of that into perspective." Austin Gunn said. "Shoot, me and Colten don’t get along with FTR anymore backstage. So like he said, we don’t care where they go. We don’t care about their contracts, we don’t care about them coming back. That’s shoot. We don’t get along. We hate to see it come to that. I never wanna bash any other wrestlers, but I think they wanted to be these guys backstage where everybody came and asked them questions and they wanted to be the veterans backstage and when me and Colten no longer asked them for advice, I think they took that personally and now you can feel it backstage. We don’t talk to them, they don’t talk to us. I don’t care. I don’t care.”
The Gunns are set to defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Acclaimed, Jeff Jarrett/Jay Lethal, and another team that's yet to be determined at the upcoming Revolution pay-per-view. To see the updated card for that event, click here.
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