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Brett Hart runs FTR on the show Big Time Wrestling
FTR returned to its roots on Friday, leading an indie show at City Hall an hour west of Boston.
Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler – conscientious AEW stars who double as ruling AAA and Ring of Honor champions – battled in the main event against Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson, who were led by the legendary Arn Anderson. But FTR also had an ace up its sleeve.
The Big Time Wrestling show captured the magic of the craft, combining a hungry collection of wrestlers with a full house. The evening also featured an appearance by industry icon Brett Hart, who brought his combination of excellence back to the core of the fight.
“At one point during the match, I was hit and rolled on the floor,” Wheeler said. Brett touched my shoulder, asking, “Cash, are you okay?” I thought to myself, “Brett’s in the ring asking me if I’m okay.” Lying on that dirty floor, it was a moment of awareness. It was a reminder that we are lucky to do what we do. “
The opportunity to work with Hart also evoked a deep sense of passion and emotion from Harwood.
“Tonight was the culmination of a journey that lasted more than 30 years,” says Harwood. “I was watching The King of the Ring Pay-per-view 29 years ago when I saw Brett Hart fight in three games and tell three different stories that night. That was also the night I told my mother that I would be a professional wrestler.
“I know who I am. I don’t have the whole package – I’m not tall, I don’t have a body, I have a southern accent. Overcoming all these chances and presenting myself with my hero – not only my favorite fighter, but my lifelong hero – was the most the great night of my career.If you saw me smiling, it was because I couldn’t hide that look on my face.
A fun match came to an end when Harwood and Wheeler emerged victorious through a double sniper rifle. The original proposed coverage, Harwood revealed, is a little different.
“We asked Brett if we could finish the game with a triple sniper,” Harwood said. Brett said, “I haven’t done a sniper in 10 years.” Then he stopped, thought about it, and said, “But I’ll try.” It didn’t work out the way he wanted, but he tried it to hell. This is the type of man. He believes in us and wanted to make this moment as special as possible. He felt we had given him something and he wanted him back.
“The match was good, but nothing will surpass the moment. That meant everything to me. “
After the match, FTR interrupted promotions in the ring while Hart – along with everyone in the crowd and behind the curtain – listened intently.
“I believe in what a fight can be,” Wheeler said. “I know our vision and we have not given up on it. We wanted to bring life back to team wrestling with labels. We had the plan because of guys like Brett. And because of guys like Brett, we have guaranteed contracts and fewer trips. We want guys like Brett to know we’re grateful. Everything he did still means something. That is why we opened our hearts and exposed our souls. ”
When Harwood held the microphone in his hand after the game, he couldn’t help himself. In an articulate, captivating way, he expressed his respect, admiration and gratitude to Hart’s victims for their professional struggle.
“I’ve been trying to dress this tough guy for so long,” Harwood said. “Not only in the struggle, but also in life. I tried to make people think I was this unhappy human being, and I wanted my wife and daughter to think I was the hardest person in the world. That weighed on me. Last year I went through the most difficult period of my life and realized that I am not as difficult as I thought I was. But who cares? I managed to get out the other side and get my life back, and I thank my wife for that. I’ve had a moment of clarity since then, and a lot of it has to do with the loss of Brody Lee. I don’t want people to think or wonder how I feel about them. There was a moment in my life when I wondered if I was loved and it wasn’t a good feeling. The fighters are insecure. And wrestling is such a strange art. There are no statistics to prove who is the biggest.
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“My mission and my goal is to inform these boys that without them the professional struggle would not exist as it exists. If Brett hadn’t disappeared for 320 days, away from his family and killing his body, he wouldn’t be paved this time. I would not work on the schedule I work on. Without Brett there is no FTR. Without him, I have no life to live. ”
There is a possibility that the BTW show will eventually be broadcast on FITE. Asked if the moment would mean even more if it happened on national television – which will not happen soon after Harwood and Wheeler signed with AEW, while Hart signed with WWE Legends – Wheeler suggested a different view.
“It would be great to have this moment on TV, but I’m glad it was just tonight,” Wheeler said. “She will be with us for the rest of our lives. My only regret is that we couldn’t stop time.
Long after the crowd dispersed and the ring crew ended up disintegrating, the conversation between Hart and the FTR was still not over.
Hart told stories from his embellished career, shattering his epic match against the late, great “Roddy” Roddy Piper in WrestleMania VIII. He offered advice to Harwood on how to save his ailing shoulder from further violence. Then a tequila toast behind the scenes, courtesy of Harwood’s Clase Azul bottle, served as the icing on the cake on an extraordinary evening.
“Then Brett said he owed us so much,” Harwood said. “I stopped him and said, ‘No, none of this.’ But Brett said the way we talked about him drew more attention to his work. Now he has even more respect and thanks us for that. It was a conscious effort on my part, Cash’s [CM] Punk to put his name there. His work means so much. And no matter how great a professional wrestler he is, he is an even greater human being.
“That night in the ring, I was thinking about the moment and how much it meant to me. I thought of everyone WrestleManias we have worked, all the titles we have won, all the cities we have traveled. I was struck by this thought. It was one night we fought in the WWE and he was waiting for us at Gorilla after the Vince McMahon game. He kept his hands in his pockets and told us, “Everyone says you’re the next great team. But do you know what I see? The problem with you is that you are just professional fighters. That night in the ring, standing next to Brett, I thought, “Hell, I’m a professional wrestler. I’m a great professional fighter and look where my life is right now.
Approaching a decade as a mainstay of the relentless public scene of professional struggle, FTR entered a new part of his career. Long-standing heels play the role of fans’ favorites, a breath of fresh air for those who have long respected their abilities. Sometimes it’s been hard for them to whistle at us throughout their careers, and people can now fully embrace what they do.
“When you fight, you can feel it, but when it’s organic, you can feel it,” Wheeler said. “We could feel this moment on Friday night. It was an unreal night for us, the culmination of all the years of hard work and sacrifice. We have the most fun in our careers and people have fun with us.
“We are proud to be part of the legacy of the professional struggle. We are proud to be professional fighters. And we are the best there is, the best there has been, and … ”
With perfect time, Wheeler marked his partner for the final.
“You know the rest,” Harwood says. “And Brett taught us how.”
(online) week in the fight
- Roman Raines will make an undisputed defense of the title on Friday Breaking against Matt Riddle, the biggest game of Riddle’s career.
- AJ Styles and Seth Rollins are a couple designed to do magic together.
- Jay White is the new IWGP heavyweight world champion. Be careful with the language of this very NSFW promotion, but White was shooting at all cylinders.
- What do you think – did Thunder Rosa deliberately make Marina Shafir look bad in their match last week?
- Satoshi Kojima (who won the GHC Heavyweight Championship), Will Osprey (IWGP US title), Trevor Murdoch (NWA title) and Gunther (WWE Intercontinental Title) won gold last week.
- Impact Wrestling will hold its own Slammiversary pay-per-view on Sunday, led by Josh Alexander vs. Eric Young. This is on a map that also includes The Briscoes – Good Brothers, a Queen of the Mountain match and Ultimate X for the X Division title, making it a difficult task for Alexander and Young to put the match of the evening.
Jeff Hardy was stopped free of charge by AEW
Following his arrest by the DUI on Monday morning by a Florida highway patrol, Jeff Hardy was removed free of charge by All Elite Wrestling.
This is not the first time Hardy has been arrested. He was arrested 13 years ago on charges of trafficking prescription controlled pills, and was also arrested for public intoxication in 2019. Later that year, he was arrested and charged with driving with a disability.
Hardness problems plague Hardy. He violated WWE’s policy on substance abuse and drug testing more than a decade ago. There is also the famous TNA The path to victory pay-per-view in 2011, where a drunk Hardy could not fight and was forced by Sting less than 90 seconds after the main event.
AEW said in a statement that Hardy’s removal would be reversed after successful completion of treatment for substance abuse problems and showing that he could remain sober. Hardy was scheduled for a triple-threat match this week Dynamitewhich is now taking place between Jurassic Express and The Young Bucks.
But forget about the fight.
Addiction is poisonous and incredibly difficult to overcome, but Hardy risks the lives of himself and others every time he drives under the influence. Five different professional wrestlers spoke informally Sports Illustrated for the situation and everyone has worked with Hardy at WWE or currently at AEW. Each of them reflects the same feeling: they are overwhelmed by his choice to drive under the influence, they want him to clean up, and they are all grateful that no one was injured or killed.
Hardy still has to work with AAA Triple mania Saturday show tagged with his brother Matt against Dragon Lee and Dralistico, but what type of message does this send if he works on this show? AEW senior officials confirmed Sports Illustrated that they don’t want him to fight in the match.
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