In a recent revelation, AEW star Dax Harwood shared the high praise he received from Hall of Famer Bret Hart after a monumental tag team match earlier this year. The match in question took place on the July 15th episode of "AEW Collision" and featured Harwood's tag team, FTR, squaring off against the formidable duo of Jay White and Juice Robinson from Bullet Club Gold.
What made this encounter truly exceptional was its duration, as it stretched to nearly an hour. The wrestling clinic unfolded before a passionate crowd in Calgary, known for its discerning tastes, which had given Harwood a prior heads-up about being a tough crowd to please.
However, Harwood and his partner, Cash Wheeler, rose to the occasion, delivering a performance that Harwood would later describe as "possibly one of the greatest matches in 'Collision' history" and one of the finest in FTR's storied career.
It was Bret Hart, a wrestling legend and Harwood's idol, who delivered the ultimate verdict. According to Harwood, Bret Hart had sent him a text message before the match, wishing him luck and warning him about the demanding Stampede fans.
After the epic encounter, Hart followed up with another text, declaring it as "one of the greatest matches he's ever seen." Hart specifically highlighted the last 30 minutes of the match, referring to it as a "masterclass."
Memorable Tag Team Championship Clash
This extraordinary tag team championship match was nothing short of spectacular.
It featured a mix of hard-hitting action, submission maneuvers, and near falls that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Despite losing the first fall, FTR managed a thrilling comeback, securing a 2-1 victory with Cash Wheeler locking in a Sharpshooter to force Juice Robinson to submit.
The match received widespread acclaim, both from fans and critics. Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer awarded it an impressive 5.25-star rating, recognizing its exceptional quality. Notably, this encounter followed a previous bout where Bullet Club Gold had won the AEW World Tag Team Eliminator match against FTR.
For Dax Harwood, receiving praise from his idol Bret Hart was an "indescribable feeling." This match not only solidified FTR's place in wrestling history but also showcased the enduring influence of legends like Bret Hart on the current generation of wrestling stars.
It's a testament to the timeless appeal of professional wrestling when a match can captivate even the most discerning of fans and earn accolades from legends like Bret Hart.