FTR says facing Young Bucks at AEW Full Gear will decide ‘greatest tag team of their generation’, Omega/Page Vs Bucks NOT the greatest tag match
This Saturday at AEW Full Gear, a genuine tag team dream match goes down between FTR and The Young Bucks.
Two teams that have been among the very best of their craft for several years, the teasing of this match started over five years ago when FTR were killing it as The Revival in NXT.
Since then, AEW has been born – with a great deal of help from the Bucks – and so has FTR. With the AEW Tag Team titles on the line and in the precious grasp of FTR, the dream match is finally upon us.
talkSPORT caught up wit FTR ahead of the game-changing affair and the first-part of our chat explores their views on the importance of tag team wrestling the significance of this matchup.
On FTR feeling like their match with Young Bucks deserved more time in the build-up…
Dax Harwood: This is the match we quit a previous company to have. This is the one we wanted. Over the last five years, people have talked about it, we’ve talked about, the Bucks have talked about it and this is the culmination of both FTR’s and The Young Buck’s respective tag team legacies.
It’s very important to myself and Cash. Wrestling is an art form and I almost hate that because it’s become a buzzword or phrase, but it is an art form. And we think our art is the most creative art. Our art is the most important art in all of AEW and we would have liked the build to have been given a little more focus, but, you know, when I think about it like you were saying, maybe the powers that be thought that ‘Ok, this feud is built. This is the built-in feud, maybe they don’t need much more than what they have.’
But there are other things that I would have liked to have seen happen with the Young Bucks, but I think Saturday night, at Full Gear, you’re going to see a lot of tag teams with a lot of pride looking to build their legacy and cement their legacy as the best tag team of a generation.
Cash Wheeler: Obviously, this is the one. Because we’re obsessed with our legacy and cementing our place in history as the best tag team in the world and we couldn’t get that sitting in one spot.
We knew we had to go out and chase this down. We had to come here and have this match. We would have loved to have a lot of different time dedicated to it, but this thing has built itself over the last six-plus years.
So we’re always going to want more because we’re perfectionists and we want things to happen, but this thing has written itself and now it’s manifested itself this Saturday at Full Gear. It finally comes to fruition.
Dax Harwood: We work better with chips on our shoulder, so we’ll let the office know right now we’ve got big ass chips on our shoulders and on Saturday we plan on highway robbery at Full Gear.
On if they thought Kenny Omega/Adam Page Vs Young Bucks was one of the greatest tags ever and if that gives them extra motivation at Full Gear…
Cash Wheeler: No, because we don’t compare ourselves to anybody. As great as that match was and it as a fantastic four person match, I wouldn’t say it was a great tag team match because they left out tagging a lot. There was a lot of liberties and creative freedom taken. I’m not knocking it, it was amazing.
They did some athletic stuff that I could never even dream of, they did some really creative stuff. But, at the end of the day, it is called tag team wrestling. Not just team wrestling or four people in the ring wrestling. So yeah, it was great, but not the greatest tag match of all-time by any means.
Dax Harwood: It was a great spectacle. I’ll put it like that. A great spectacle by four guys who are incredibly athletic and to an extent, incredibly creative, but, the greatest tag match, at least of this generation, is our two-out-of-three-falls match with DIY.
You got back and watch, that’s emotion. That’s creativity. That’ what this business is all about and is built upon. It’s about making a babyface, wanting to watch a babyface overcome an obstacle and overcome the odds and that at the end of the day that babyface gets his hand raised and everyone is going home crying. That’s emotion. That’s what you feel.
My wife has no idea about professional wrestling, so she has no idea what a knife-edge chop feels like or a dropkick or a 450, but I can tell you my wife knows exactly what happy and sad feels like. Frustration, disappointment, heartache – she knows those emotions and gosh, I’m getting goosebumps talking about it!
That’s what wrestling is about, getting those emotions and making you feel.
On the conditions playing a factor when they faced Omega/Page at All Out…
Cash Wheeler: I’ve never wrestled in any kind of heat like that. That includes Saudi Arabia which I thought was the hottest place I’ve ever been. I felt like that night at the pay-per-view it was just a sauna. Unreal heat. Trouble getting oxygen into your lungs. Everybody before us that went half as much time was struggling. It definitely played a factor for everybody.
Dax Harwood: That happens. That’s what makes you a professional. That’s what sets you aside from people who think they know what they’re doing to people who actually know what they’re doing. That’s rolling with the punches. We went in there and had a hell of a tag team match, won the AEW tag team titles, which was our goal in the biggest match of our careers – that’s what we came to AEW for. To be the head of the tag team division. So yeah, the temperature and the humidity in Florida was incredible. It took us four days in our hotel rooms to get over that match. But, that’s what you do as professionals.