AEW: Dax Harwood Confirms FTR Signed New Deals, Battle of the Belts IV Rating, Dark Elevation Results

Dax Harwood Confirmed FTR Signed New Contracts with AEW

As noted before, FTR’s contracts with AEW were set to expire this month. Prior to their AEW World Tag Team Championship victory in a Titles vs. Career match against The Gunns at this past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show, FTR was believed to have recently signed new contracts.

A recent episode of the FTR with Dax Harwood podcast featured co-host Dax Harwood confirming that him and Cash Wheeler had recently signed new contracts with AEW and gave his reasons why FTR decided to stay in the company.

“As I’ve said a million times. Never did I want a bidding war between WWE and AEW or to play one side against the other. I appreciate everyone that reached out to me, through other, no pun intended, endeavors or avenues and were interested in having us back, wanted to have us back, said they made a mistake in letting us go. For me, Cash, Maria (his wife), Finley (his daughter), the best course of action for us was to stick around in AEW.

Yes. We have re-signed with AEW. If you think…Vince has officially been back in charge since right before WrestleMania? If you think that we put pen to paper as soon as that happened and Tony (Khan) made all the adjustments as soon as that happened. I don’t know if you understand how business or contracts work. If you think we went into the building Wednesday night with no contract signed and said, ‘we’re not going to sign unless you give us these belts.’ You’re so short-sighted. I said on the podcast months ago, we knew what we wanted to do and everything was getting fine tuned. We knew way before Vince came back in charge what was going to happen. Yes, we have re-signed with AEW.

I felt that, working for Vince, I was just a number. Vince has taught his minions underneath him into thinking everyone is replaceable and everyone is just an object and he places these objects where he wants to. We’re not. Maybe in wrestling we are objects, but wrestling should be just a percentage, a small percentage, of what your life is. For better or worse, that’s how Vince runs his business. I was just a number, just an object to Vince. To Tony, I am a human being. He cares about me, my feelings, my family. Working for someone like that, obviously, is going to make our decision much easier when comparing and contrasting to a person who just has us as a number.”

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AEW Battle of the Belts VI Ratings – April 7, 2023

Friday’s AEW Battle of the Belts VI special drew 415,000 viewers on TNT.

It was #12 on cable for the day with a 0.14 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

This past January’s Battle of the Belts V special drew 409,000 viewers, a 0.11 key demographic rating, and a #58 key demographic ranking. This past October’s Battle of the Belts IV special drew 404,000 viewers, a 0.13 key demographic rating, and a #20 key demographic ranking.

More Friday ratings: Showbuzz Daily

AEW Dark Elevation Results – March 10, 2023

April 10, 2023
Long Island, NY – UBS Arena
Commentary: Paul Wight and “Daddy Magic” Matt Menard

AEW Dark Elevation Quick Match Results:

  1. Kip Sabian, The Butcher, & The Blade defeated Mao, Shunma Katsumata, & Yuki Ueno via Drag The Lake (pinfall)
  2. Nyla Rosa & Marina Shafir defeated The Renegades (Robyn & Charlette Renegade) via Beast Bomb (pinfall)
  3. Dark Order (John Silver, Alex Reynolds, & Evil Uno) defeated Aaron Rourke, Alvin Alverez, & Brother Greatness via Jackknife Pin (pinfall)
  4. Lee Moriarty & Big Bill defeated Rex Lawless & Traxx via Chokeslam (pinfall)