Dax Harwood is one of the best tag team wrestlers in the world. Along with Cash Wheeler, FTR has been one of the premier tag teams in a loaded division within AEW. Harwood and Dawson got their start in WWE, where they once shared the ring with some wrestling legends.

Harwood said his initial interactions with Shawn Michaels were very sincere and that they formed a bond quickly. Things soured when HBK was around other members of the Kliq, however. Dax recently shared a story about the interaction with Renee Paquette on The Sessions.

“I told him [Shawn Michaels], I was like man, this happened. Tore my bicep. I went through a really dark period, I thought I was going to quit. But thankfully, just like I told you, I have the greatest wife in the world and she has supported me and brought me out of this funk and she brought me out of a dark place and I’m here now and I’m super happy.

He said, ‘I was the same way, I was in this very dark spot. I met my wife, she’s beautiful, and she pulled me out of this dark spot, too.’ I was like, ‘Ah, that’s so awesome.’ He said, ‘Look, you and your partner are way too talented to be doing what you’re doing tonight and you’re way too talented to stay at this point. Just keep your nose to the ground and keep grinding and you’re going to get over.’

I’m like ‘Ah, man, Shawn, thank you so much.’ We had this bonding moment. And then, we got in front of his friends. X-Pac and Hunter and Billy and Road Dogg, and Scott. As soon as we got in front of his friends, he started making fun of me and making fun of my situation and what happened with my bicep and I was like, ‘Man, I just poured my heart out to you and as soon as we get in front of your friends, because we’re going over, they’re going to beat the sh*t out of us, you decide to take all that stuff and make fun of me about it. And I never ever forgot it. As soon as we were done with the business at Raw, one person said thank you to us, and it was Sean Waltman.”

Dax Harwood has moved on from WWE and is currently focused on helping FTR capture the AEW tag team titles. Shawn Michaels remains at NXT where he’s helping to build up young talent. Hopefully, we don’t hear more stories about this kind of treatment going on under his watch.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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