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Dax Harwood on How Randy Orton Fought Hard for The Revival in WWE

February 23, 2022 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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– AEW wrestler and FTR member Dax Harwood was Renee Paquette’s guest on this week’s episode of The Sessions podcast. During the interview, Harwood discussed training with WWE Hall of Famer Edge for his in-ring comeback in WWE. He also discussed how Randy Orton was a big supporter for The Revival while they were in WWE. Below are some highlights (via WrestlingInc.com):

Dax Harwood on his relationship with Edge: “We have been friends with [Edge] for a very long time, but he called both of us and he said ‘Hey, there’s not too many people in wrestling that I trust, I would love for you guys to come to Dr. Tom’s and work around with me. I know you won’t take it easy on me and I need to know if I’m actually going to be able to do this.’ It was obviously an honor. As much of a friend as he is to us, I always say like it never goes away that a hero, who is a friend, a hero of mine wants us to work with him or help us get ready or comes to see Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. FTR or calls us whenever him and Randy are having ‘The Greatest Match of All Time.’ Randy called us to meet them to put this match together with them.”

Dax Harwood on Randy Orton fighting for The Revival in WWE: “There was no one else in WWE who fought harder for us than Randy, maybe Roman as a close second. Randy fought super hard for us, the whole FTRKO thing wasn’t supposed to be a thing but it worked and we worked together. We worked a few house shows together and he was so impressed with myself and [Cash], [Cash] would call stuff in the ring and we got along on the tour buses and stuff and it was just easy. I think he’s a wrestling fan, even though he didn’t grow up a wrestling fan, he’s a wrestling fan and he sees that we’re huge wrestling fans so we kind of bonded over that and asked questions about his dad. He saw how hard we worked and he loved that and it’s so weird because of who he is and what he is and who we are and what we are, you would think we’re polar opposites and maybe we are, but it made for a great friendship.”

Ultimately, The Revival were granted their releases from WWE in April 2020. They signed with AEW later that same year and were re-dubbed as FTR.