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FTR says AEW needs to enforce rules in tag matches: “If there are no rules, there is no heat”

FTR appeared on Busted Open Radio this week to talk about their run in WWE, AEW and more.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Do you ask Tully and Arn for advice? “Every TV we are almost to the point of annoyance talking to Tully and Arn because we want to make our presentation better but overall, we also want to make the product better, so we are constantly talking to them and constantly asking them to critique us and the show.”

Bully Ray talked about the apparent lack of rules in AEW tag team matches and asked FTR if they could be the team to change that back to the way it used to be: “Yes, we think 100% they have to start clamping down on those things. Even if it’s not as stringent, there has to be much more authority on the referee. There has to be much more semblance of rules, otherwise it’s a Texas Tornado, it’s a Fatal Four Way, it’s whatever you want it to be. If there are no rules, there is no heat. There is no way to make somebody care or somebody to be in danger. There is no way to put sympathy to put heat on a baby face. There is no way to get the explosion on a hot tag because the guy has already blown his own comeback before he’s down, before the tag. Then, all four guys are in the ring for the last 10 minutes anyway. I’m going to get pissed off talking about it, sorry, but yes, I think it has to be buckled down. It doesn’t have to be as stringent but we came here with the intentions of doing whatever we had to do to get it to where it is more of a tag team structure, even if it’s not the traditional rules. There has to be more structure that way every team means more. I think it may be more of a generational thing. Something has changed in wrestling where it is more about the flashy things and let’s forget the rules. I don’t know where that was lost in wrestling, but the creativity is not seeing how many things four guys can do even within a few seconds or how many creative things they can come up with to make everyone pop for a second. The creativeness in tag team wrestling comes around building your story around the tag team rules.”

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