Dax Harwood Reveals Cash Wheeler Went Blind At AEW All Out 2020
AEW All Out 2020 was probably the hardest match FTR have ever had, Dax Harwood has stated
Heat exhaustion was an ever-present danger during the Florida summer when All Elite Wrestling were taping their programming from Daily's Place in Jacksonville during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One particularly hot and humid day happened to coincide with the promotion's All Out pay-per-view and Dax Harwood revealed on his FTR podcast that Cash Wheeler actually went blind during the tag team's match with Kenny Omega and Hangman Page for the AEW World Tag Team Titles.
"The match with Hangman (Adam Page) and (Kenny) Omega from that pay-per-view (AEW All Out 2020) was probably the most difficult match Cash (Wheeler) and I have ever had. We went 35 minutes I believe, between 30 and 35 minutes and as you know, by that time, we were performing at Daily's Place and that's an outside amphitheatre, right? And we're in the middle of Florida and it is hot as hell and humid as hell and I think the humidity that day, I'm not kidding, I think it was about 96 or 97 percent which is so thick, it makes it hard to breathe and we had to, you know - we were scheduled to go half-an-hour, maybe a little bit more than half-an-hour and that was physically the hardest match I've ever had," Harwood began.
"I'm not kidding when I say that Cash went blind in the match, towards the end of the match. You get oxygen deprivation. You get these spots in your eyes and he could not see. He couldn't see anything. We got our belts after the match, we went to the back and we were getting pulled in this direction, that direction for social media and they needed pictures with us for the belts and there was an interview person that wanted some words with us and Cash, after a while, he kind of just freaked out and he said, 'I can't see! Give me a second.' So even to the point when we were in the back, he was still having the effects of that. That was, physically, the hardest match I've ever had in my entire life because of the weather conditions and the toll that it took on my internal body and it took me four days to get over that match. It was so rough."
Harwood then noted that he was very unhappy with the All Out match:
"The match with Hangman and Omega, I was not happy with at all. There's a lot of things that I'm not happy with for that match behind the scenes but also, in front of the scenes too, I wasn't happy because, one, there were no fans to judge if you're doing the right stuff but also, we were killing ourselves out there in that humidity, in that heat and I just felt that that wasn't our best performance. That was the first time that we had an opportunity to show the people we've been right, you guys have been right. We've all been right this whole time, we're the greatest and we didn't do it there so now we had to do it at this moment (against The Young Bucks at Full Gear 2020)."
FTR recently returned to AEW at the Revolution pay-per-view and they are currently chasing The Gunns for the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Harwood has claimed he and Wheeler's deals with the promotion are up in April 2023 but reports have noted they are under contract long-term.
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