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During the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door post-show media scrum, the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, FTR, discussed the origins of their popular theme song.

Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler have one of the most beloved themes on the AEW roster with their Midnight Express-themed track, known as “Darkside of TR”, and Harwood admitted, “the only person we gotta thank for that is Tony, that was his call.”

The track is completely different from anything that they had prior to that, during their WWE run, or the original song that they debuted with in AEW. Though, the change has gone down well in the eyes of the fans.

“He called us in his office and he was so excited,” Harwood said. “He was like, ‘You guys have to listen to this!’ We listened to it, and I can’t lie to you, at first, I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s not what we’re used to, we are used to being these badass guys who come out and fight and stuff.’”

Khan is hands-on with everything that takes place on AEW programming, which clearly includes theme music as well. Harwood confessed it sounded like he’s “kissing [Khan’s] butt” when he was speaking to the press about his boss, who was the man responsible for changing their theme music.

“That’s the thing what no one understands, the word genius is thrown around, but he really is freaking smart when it comes to wrestling. I mean, in life, in general, he’s smart,” Harwood stated.

FTR defeated Roppongi Vince and United Empire to add the Japanese titles to their resume while also retaining their ROH Tag Team Championships (and holding the AAA Tag Team Championships). This is the first time that the duo has held the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles, and potentially means they will be heading to Japan soon to compete for the company.

All Elite Wrestling star Kenny Omega has claimed he is “done” if he suffers another major setback in his ongoing rehabilitation.

The former AEW World Champion, who has been out of action since November 2021, made this statement during a stream on the CEO Gaming Twitch channel on Wednesday.

Said Omega of the “scary” situation (h/t Fightful):

“If I get another major setback, that’s it. That’s it, I’m done, I can’t do this ever again. Two times, three times a day, really painful rehab, not even knowing what it’s going to be like when I get back in the ring. I have no clue. It’s scary, actually. You see people, they come back to the ring and you’re just happy to see them back. There is a different kind of expectation put on me, and I think that anything less than what they are expecting, which is already unrealistic, is going to lead to a lot of ridicule, which is what I get every day anyway.”

Amongst other things, Omega is currently recovering from multiple surgeries to ease neck and knee issues and a sports hernia, all of which he had been working through for an extended period prior to announcing his pro wrestling hiatus. In addition, the 38-year-old had been suffering from vertigo – even in the ring.

Continuing, Kenny spoke of unrealistic expectations when it comes to his recovery, claiming people have treated the situation as if he can just snap his fingers and come back:

“You can probably understand and imagine how difficult it is, struggling twice, three times a day, trying to get things to work that maybe never worked before, and trying to re-route things in your brain to get around the things that aren’t going heal. People think, ‘Kenny is hurt, he took time off,’ snap your fingers, I come back and I’m 100%. Life doesn’t work that way. Bodies don’t work that way. Athletes don’t work that way. It’s very difficult to formulate a plan and to execute it. We’ll see how I do.”

Omega’s use of the word “done” will automatically lead to assumptions that he is planning on retiring should he face another roadblock in his recovery. Alternatively, the former AEW World Champion’s words could be interpreted as him not wanting to go through another long, gruelling rehabilitation process, which is seemingly proving too much for him to take at the moment.

Later in the stream, Kenny spoke of a desire to do more storyline-heavy work as opposed to performances carried by extreme, hyper-athleticism in the future, citing his acclaimed ‘Hangman’ Adam Page feud as an example. “Done” could refer to deviating from the explosive in-ring style that has made Omega such a success in professional wrestling, but has almost certainly accelerated his physical decline.

Whatever the case, Omega’s rehabilitation continues. All the best to him.

Booker T believes Claudio Castagnoli “could have been made” had WWE just given him “a huge push”.

Catagnoli’s time as Cesaro did lead to several banner moments (WrestleMania 37’s win over Seth Rollins and his subsequent Universal Title shot vs. Roman Reigns being latter examples from his final year alone), but he was never viewed as anything more than a utility player behind the scenes.

Or, at least, that’s what Book thinks. The legend is probably spot on.

Former World Champ Booker told fans tuning into his ‘Hall Of Fame‘ podcast that “it really wouldn’t have mattered how we used him [after that] as long as we kept him at a certain tier”. He’s also slightly shocked that Castagnoli was able to show so much patience despite being consistently-overlooked for a solid decade.

Book isn’t certain he could’ve been so patient. Frustration would’ve taken over, and he might’ve left the promotion long before Claudio did. However, the legend is happy to see Castagnoli land in AEW and make a splash at both Forbidden Door and on Wednesday’s Blood & Guts episode of Dynamite.

On Cesaro’s WWE departure, Booker said: “He’s one that I wouldn’t have wanted to lose”.

IMPACT Wrestling standout Jordynne Grace will not be signing for All Elite Wrestling in the near future.

Fightful Select published a rumour killer on the subject on Thursday. This followed speculation on Grace potentially jumping ship stemming from word that AEW’s in-house music producer, Mikey Rukus, had made Jordynne an entrance theme.

The outlet reached out to Grace upon learning of the Rukus track a few weeks prior. Grace and Rukus working together predates AEW’s existence, apparently, as Mikey had created songs for her before Tony Khan’s promotion ever took flight.

Grace is currently under a multi-year deal with IMPACT stretching until at least the spring of 2023. This extension was signed in May 2021. The powerhouse is presently in her second reign as Knockouts Champion, having dethroned Tasha Steelz in the company’s first ever Queen of the Mountain match at Slammiversary 2022 (19 June). Chelsea Green, Deonna Purrazzo, and Mia Yim were also involved in that bout.

After making her name on the American independent scene, Grace signed an initial two-year deal with IMPACT in October 2018. She has been a continually pushed presence in the promotion for the duration of her run.

Jim Ross has been cancer free since December 2021, when he announced that treatment on his lower left leg had been successful, though the AEW announcer is still in a lot of pain.

A recent episode of Ross’ podcast, Grilling JR, saw the wrestling legend reveal that he currently has an orange-sized lump on his body. Although his doctor has issued a course of antibiotics, Ross plans on seeing a specialist to determine if more can be done.

Said JR (h/t WrestlingNews.co):

“I had skin cancer. I got a lesion on my ankle the size of an orange. It’s ugly and grotesque. I got a text today from my oncologist. The good news is I don’t have skin cancer any longer, but the wound has not healed and it’s terribly painful. I’m going back to see my doctor. He’s got me on some strong antibiotics. I’m taking three of them a day which is strong for me. He’s going to turn me over to a wound specialist, which I’ve never even heard of. So I’m going to a wound specialist to see if I can get some relief from this bad thing and expedite the healing process.”

Ross then revealed the extent of his pain, stating that basic things like walking, standing up for extended periods, and sleeping with his wounds uncovered have become difficult:

“Walking, standing on my feet for extended lengths of times is very challenging. Something that simplistic. I have to be careful and be smart not to bump into this wound. I have to keep this thing covered up and padded up so I don’t inadvertently bump into something on that wound, which is the kiss of death. My sheets wake me up. My sheets, lying on this wound when I don’t have it covered, is not good.”

Travelling isn’t the easiest thing in the world for Ross at the moment either. Speaking on Ask JR Live for AdFreeShows, the 70-year-old stated that cabin pressure and other factors make his foot swell, causing pain (h/t Wrestling Inc.):

“My foot swells so badly on the airplanes and the pain is just a little bit unbearable. Today was a horrible, horrible day. Cause I was in the airplane for so damn long, and the pressure of the cabin and all this stuff and just a bunch of rigmarole … It’s going to be great, it’s going to be a hell of an event. I’d like to go just to watch, so I don’t know yet.”

Jim was present in the AEW announce booth for the promotion’s last two shows, Forbidden Door and Blood & Guts, but not for the duration.

All the best to Ross as he deals with this latest issue.

Bryan Danielson of the Blackpool Combat Club has received a lot of praise for his in-ring work over the course of his his 20+ year career, but during the post-show media scrum following AEW X NJPW’s Forbidden Door Pay-Per-View, current AEW Interim World Champion Jon Moxley had a particularly strong compliment for his BCC stablemate.

“In my book, Bryan Danielson is the greatest professional,” Moxley said. “People say like, ‘[Hiroshi] Tanahashi is one of the greatest ever, Jericho is the GOAT,’ you know, just for my money, my opinion, the greatest professional wrestler to ever live, to ever do it in the ring, is Bryan Danielson.”

Danielson has been in professional wrestling now for over two decades, winning a multitude of titles throughout his career such as the ROH Pure Championship, ROH World Championship, the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship, and the WWE Tag Team Championships. Danielson also had the prestigious distinction of being part of the first Hall of Fame Class for ROH alongside CM Punk, Samoa Joe, the Briscoes, and former ROH owner, Cary Silkin.

“In my book, Bryan Danielson is the greatest professional,” Moxley said. “People say like, ‘[Hiroshi] Tanahashi is one of the greatest ever, Jericho is the GOAT,’ you know, just for my money, my opinion, the greatest professional wrestler to ever live, to ever do it in the ring, is Bryan Danielson.”

Danielson has been in professional wrestling now for over two decades, winning a multitude of titles throughout his career such as the ROH Pure Championship, ROH World Championship, the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship, and the WWE Tag Team Championships. Danielson also had the prestigious distinction of being part of the first Hall of Fame Class for ROH alongside CM Punk, Samoa Joe, the Briscoes, and former ROH owner, Cary Silkin.

The Blackpool Combat Club now consists of Danielson, Moxley, Castagnoli, and Wheeler Yuta. The group is led by former Intercontinental Champion and former NXT General Manager William Regal.

Very few men have held the TNT title in such high regard as former champ Miro did.

The TNT Championship is a secondary title in AEW that was first won by Cody Rhodes, who  defeated Lance Archer in the finals of the eight-man tournament at Double or Nothing 2020. In an interview with WhatCulture Wrestling, former three-time WWE United States Champion and former TNT Champion Miro revealed who he believes is to blame for the TNT title not being as prestigious as it once was.

“It’s the man that creates the title, not the title that creates the man,” Miro said. “Everything I did with the title was the fruits of my labor, the title didn’t come with all this heavenness. I mean, it came from Darby [Allin], which is a great competitor, but, you know, we’re such different people, such a different style … Unfortunately, the Sammy Guevara thing came in, he landed on my balls, let’s not forget about that.”

“I take a fault of maybe being too good of a champion, because ever since I lost the title, that title has gone to shits, and it’s nothing but to blame Sammy Guevara for that,” Miro said. “So he’s got to bear the cross for that.”

Miro held the TNT Championship for 140 days, which currently sits as the second-longest reign with the title, right behind Allin, who spent 186 days with it. Miro defended the TNT Championship successfully eight times against opponents like Eddie Kingston, Lance Archer, and Dante Martin, before ultimately dropping the title to Sammy Guevara.

Since Guevara won the title, there has not been a reign longer than 84 days, which was the length of Guevara’s initial reign with the title. Guevara lost the belt to Cody Rhodes, who then lost it back to Guevara in a ladder match on the January 26th, 2022 edition of “AEW Dynamite.” That reign for Guevara lasted 42 days and did not go as originally planned, as fans began to take a disliking to the Spanish God once he started an on-screen partnership with his real-life girlfriend (now fiancee following their engagement in June) Tay Conti, making out with her on-screen.

Guevara and Scorpio Sky then engaged in a game of hot potato with the TNT Title, with Guevara losing it to Sky, winning it back, and then losing it again to Sky who has now held the TNT title for 63 days since winning it back in April. Unfortunately, Sky is currently dealing with an injury and has not wrestled nor defended the title since the June 3trd edition of “AEW Rampage.”

Eddie Kingston is never one to shy away from making his true feelings known about somebody, and now the Mad King has reiterated his dislike for recent AEW arrival, Claudio Castagnoli.

Kingston and Castagnoli’s beef has rumbled on for years, with some believing the two to genuinely despise each other – particularly from Eddie’s end – while others insist this is all merely the pair having some fun in working the fans. Regardless, Kingston used a recent interview with Michigan Live to repeat his sentiments on the former Cesaro.

As picked up on by Wrestling Inc., Eddie explained how he wasn’t a fan on having to now team with Claudio on this week’s Dynamite for the six-on-six Blood & Guts bout:

“Of course I didn’t like it. I don’t trust the guy. And people who say whatever they want to say about me, that I’m a hothead and I don’t let things go. I just know when I see bad people, I like to call him out on it.”

Claudio Castagnoli and Eddie Kingston have a long history together, dating back to the two first facing off during their time in IWA Mid-South back in 2004. From there, the pair have battled in the likes of Ring of Honor, Combat Zone Wrestling, and famously had a heated rivalry in CHIKARA shortly before the Swiss Superman signed with WWE.

As it stands, this Wednesday will see Kingston, Castagnoli, Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta, Santana and Ortiz face off against the Jericho Appreciation Society in only the second ever Blood & Guts match in AEW history. The fact that Claudio was hand-selected by Bryan Danielson – another of Eddie Kingston’s mortal enemies – as the American Dragon’s replacement for this contest will likely serve to only further irk the ever-agitated Mad King.

The world is Wardlow’s oyster now since he defeated MJF at AEW Double or Nothing to officially become a member of the AEW roster. As such, he can pursue any goal he wants to, and many would like to see him have a chance to win the AEW World Championship.

In an interview with “Forbes”, Wardlow talked about the AEW World Championship. While he admitted it was a goal, there is something else he would like to get squared away first.

“This is what people need to understand,” Wardlow said. “I am absolutely 100 percent, without a doubt, without a question, am going to be AEW World Heavyweight Champion one day. That doesn’t even concern me. To me, that’s money in the bank. I cannot give my energy to the AEW World Title until I take care of unfinished business. You don’t just get to disrespect Wardlow and get away with it, and there’s a gentleman in the company that has, so it’s time for him to pay the piper.

“I want to hold every title in the company, so the TNT title just happens to be the first one that presented itself to me,” Wardlow said. “Of course, everybody wants to be world heavyweight champion. I want to be world heavyweight champion, but more than that, I want the title that I’ve thought about every day. I want the title that I believe is rightfully mine, and more so than that, I need to teach Dan Lambert and Scorpio Sky some respect.”

Wardlow previously challenged Sky for the TNT Championship during Sky’s first reign as champion on March 16, after he won the title shot in the Face of the Revolution ladder match at AEW Revolution a week earlier. Sky retained the title due to interference from MJF. On a recent episode of “AEW Dynamite”, Wardlow declared his intentions to win the TNT Championship from Sky, though a match has not yet been scheduled as Sky recovers from an injury.

The injury bug plaguing AEW refuses to let up.

Dax Harwood of FTR has announced via Twitter that he’s dealing with a separated shoulder, presumably suffered Sunday night at the Forbidden Door pay-per-view. There were questions about Harwood’s shoulder after he was seen icing it during the post-PPV media scrum. Harwood seemed to brush off the severity of the injury in his tweet, as seen below.

Harwood & Cash Wheeler made history Sunday night by capturing the IWGP World Tag Team Titles in Winner Take All Match against The United Empire and Roppongi Vice. FTR now holds the tag titles for three major promotions – NJPW, ROH and AAA – and is seemingly determined to defend the championships at their respective shows. Their next defense of the ROH World Tag Titles is expected to take place at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view on July 23 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Shortly after making history Sunday, FTR made some waves on social media by throwing shade at WWE, reminding the world that they were only three years removed from their infamous manscaping segment on the April 29, 2019 episode of “WWE Raw.” Both members of FTR have previously admitted that the segment was, in a manner of speaking, the last nail in the coffin to their six-year run with WWE. FTR would remain in WWE for another year waiting for their contracts to expire while turning down new offers.

Others on AEW’s injury list include AEW World Champion CM Punk (foot), Bryan Danielson (concussion), Kenny Omega (multiple injuries), Jungle Boy (undisclosed), Kyle O’Reilly ((undisclosed), Red Velvet (undisclosed), Anthony Bowens (knee), Darius Martin (car accident), Leyla Hirsch (torn ACL), TNT Champion Scorpio Sky (knee), The Bunny (undisclosed), Buddy Matthews (shoulder) and Lee Johnson (knee). Bobby Fish is also out of action due to a kayfabe knee injury.