The formidable duo of Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, collectively known as FTR, cemented their dominant streak with a third consecutive defense of the AEW World Tag Team Titles on the August 5th episode of "AEW Collision." This impressive run of victories witnessed them overcoming the lethal pair of Brian Cage and Big Bill, despite the antics and distractions posed by Mogul Embassy's notorious manager, Prince Nana, at ringside.
Their journey hasn't been without tests. A mere two weeks prior, FTR showcased their resilience in a marathon 58-minute Iron Man match against Bullet Club Gold. Just last Saturday, they battled and bested the unique pairing of Adam Cole and MJF, proving their mettle as the reigning champions.
The title match against Cage and Big Bill was intense from the get-go. The challengers took an early lead, with Big Bill confidently taunting fans after knocking Wheeler to the floor. A gravity-defying suplex from Cage to Wheeler outside the ring and a powerful lariat from Big Bill saw the heels in firm control.
However, momentum shifted when Wheeler tagged in Harwood, leading to a breathtaking top rope double-team maneuver that almost sealed the match for FTR. Just when it appeared that Cage and Big Bill would rally with a series of powerful jackhammers and chokeslams, FTR turned the tide.
Their signature move, the Shatter Machine, was executed flawlessly, leading to a decisive three-count.
FTR Challenges Young Bucks Again
Still riding high from their win, FTR wasted no time in setting their sights on a familiar rival.
They issued a bold challenge to The Young Bucks, Nick and Matt Jackson, for a highly anticipated rubber match at the AEW All In event on August 27. Harwood even boasted that a win would solidify their status as the undisputed greatest tag team in wrestling history.
Interestingly, The Young Bucks had only recently announced their intention to refocus on the tag division, with a match against The Hardy Boys lined up for the August 9 "AEW Dynamite." AEW's strategic move to feature FTR prominently on a night that competed with WWE SummerSlam was a testament to their faith in the team. As the dust settled, all eyes are now on the looming FTR-Young Bucks collision at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
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