FTR left WWE because they didn’t like the way WWE was booking them. They haven’t signed new deals with AEW just yet. The Top Guys are still waiting to see how things pan out.
While speaking to Inside The Ropes, Dax Harwood revealed why FTR haven’t signed new long-term deals just yet. He said that they’re not sure if AEW will be their “forever home.”
They knew that an exit from WWE was needed, but there are a lot of opportunities available for FTR other than AEW. They might want to explore as money options as possible.
We didn’t know if AEW was going to be our home and we’re still not 100% sure if this is going to be our forever home, but we knew for a while that we had to get out of WWE. They treated us very well monetarily. I got to take care of my family through everything WWE gave us. But I think that myself and Cash knew that if we wanted to leave the legacy that we had in mind, we needed to get out of the WWE. We haven’t officially signed anything long term yet because we’re just excited to have these opportunities. We have these choices and these options that we weren’t always sure we were going to have. We had 6 great years [in WWE]. For a while now we knew AEW had a tag division that we had to be a part of at some point. There’s too many good teams and talent there for us to not want to be there.
It’s understandable that FTR didn’t want to sign new deals with AEW right away. They just got out exclusive contracts with WWE. Now they can work under a handshake agreement which will see them perform for AEW, and they get to further prove their clout with the fan base to increase their value.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote