We’d heard that Randy Orton wanted to work more with FTR back when they were known as The Revival in WWE. But according to the artists now known as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, The Viper was just one of several people advocating for Vince McMahon’s creative team to do more with the Top Guys.
In an interview with Fightful, Dax & Cash rattled off people who had requested to work with The Revival even before Orton asked to keep “FTRKO” going: Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, The Usos, The New Day, and even Shane McMahon.
The request from Shane was why The Revival’s program with The Usos started and stopped. The way that played out led Harwood to realize that if the Orton alliance didn’t lead to better things, there was no point in sticking around:
“By that point, I had told him that if they messed up this opportunity they had with us and Randy - and I said this one time before, that was with the Usos, but we were still kind of in the fold with them - but I told them, if they messed up this thing with us and Randy, there’s no reason for us to re-sign these contracts. None at all.
“But, yeah. We watched Roman Reigns go to Vince and say, ‘I want to work with these guys. I want them to beat me.’ We watched Bray Wyatt do that. Matt Hardy. The Usos. New Day. Then of course we watched Randy do it on a weekly basis. The reason it lasted for six or eight weeks is because of Randy.”
FTR said they never stopped pitching ideas, but toward the end they knew it wouldn’t get them anywhere.
Now they’re hosting Tag Team Appreciation Night with The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express and The Brainbusters on Dynamite. It’s not the way they wanted to get there, but things seemed to have worked out for Dax & Cash.
There are a lot of people in the WWE locker room who are probably happy for them, too.