Cash Wheeler speaks about the growth of AEW's roster, provides update on his arm recovery

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FTR speaks about the growth of AEW’s talent roster.

On the 4/6 AEW Dynamite on TBS, FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) defeated The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) to retain the ROH World and AAA World Tag Team Titles. Over the weekend, Wheeler and Harwood obtained the ROH belts by besting The Briscoes (Mark & Jay Briscoe) at Supercard of Honor.

Prior to their most recent title win, they were interviewed by The Dallas Morning News and were asked about AEW’s growing talent roster. Both Harwood and Wheeler are welcoming of the abundance of new talents especially with Tony Khan’s purchase of Ring of Honor.

Harwood is of the mindset that if fellow wrestlers are not happy with the additions, they should step up and Wheeler added to that by saying Tony Khan has two talent rosters to fill out.

Harwood: I think that Tony Khan is trying to assemble the greatest roster in the world, one of the greatest rosters he possibly can because he wants to put on the greatest product that he can. And anyone who complains about that, I’ll say they are a fool. Because he’s doing this – he spent a -ton of money to bring back CM Punk. You think he did that for himself? Or do you think he did that for the enjoyment of the fans and he wanted the fans to be happy? I think it’s the latter part.

Yeah, it’s easy to say all these guys from WWE are coming over, but the guys that are coming over are professional wrestlers. That’s what we are. We’re not WWE guys. We’re professional wrestlers. I mean, God, I was barely making it – same thing with Cash – on the independent circuit because we wanted to be successful professional wrestlers. And right now, we’re still a brand new company and Tony is trying to assemble the greatest roster that he possibly can so fans can enjoy the greatest product they can.

And, on top of that – I’ll say it and I’m not worried about getting heat because nobody can kick my ass – if any of the wrestlers are upset because of all the guys coming in, well, step up. I want to bring in every great tag team in the world right now because that’s competition for me. And I want to show him and I want to show the millions of people around the world – we say it with all the humility going out of our bodies – there’s nobody better than us. So, I hope Tony keeps bringing in talent. I hope he brings in the greatest talent from around the world because I want to sit that talent down and say, ‘Watch this. We’re better than you are.’

Wheeler: He’s got two rosters now to fill, which you’ve got to keep in mind. He’s got to fill two full rosters. But, like Dax said, AEW is still in its infancy. When AEW started, they had to build from scratch. And you don’t know who’s going to work on TV, who’s not going to work on TV, who the fans will accept and who they won’t. So, you’ve got to just sign everybody and hope after a couple years you’ve kind of got a better read on everything – what’s established, what isn’t.

You can’t plan for things that are completely unexpected. So, some of these names that became available to him, he never could have foresaw that coming. None of us could. So, when it was available, he would be a terrible businessman to not pursue that because it’s going to make his company better. And it’s going to make his talent better because now they have another brain to pick. He’s not signing schlubs. He’s signing people that can help. A lot of the talent we have right now, also, are very young talent. They don’t need to be exposed every week on TV to make those mistakes. They need some YouTube shows, they need some independent shows, they need some ROH shows that might not be on TBS in front of a million people or more. They need the exposure before they earn that right to be on AEW television.

Yeah, he’s got two rosters to fill out. He’s got some young talent he’s got to get seasoning on and grow. He’s got established talent that he’s finally getting where he needs. And it’s going to weed itself out over time. There’s going to be contracts that aren’t renewed. And that’s OK. He’s honoring the contracts still. They don’t need to be told anything other than, ‘We’re not renewing.’ We’re journeymen. We go from one place to the other if it doesn’t work out, but if you want it bad enough you’ll get another opportunity somewhere. You just have to go out and get it.

Last summer at Fight For The Fallen, Wheeler suffered an injury where his forearm got caught on a hook near the ring rope and it caused his skin to be ripped open. Wheeler said his arm recovery has progressed and although there is still some ‘weirdness’ to it, it has not hindered his performance in the ring.

Wheeler: It’s not too bad. It’s progressed. There’s still going to be some weirdness to it, some tingling and just a little bit of grip strength stuff still. But, all in all, it’s fine. I can tape it up and even without being 100%, we’re the best tag team on the planet. So, it’s not going to stop us.

FTR have not lost a traditional two-on-two tag match since February. They are the reigning AAA World Tag Team Champions and currently scheduled for the next several Triplemania events are AEW’s Young Bucks and The Hardys (Matt & Jeff Hardy).