It’s a risky way to go. Wrestling has changed in a lot of ways over the last several decades and that will continue to be the case. Promotions have figured out that they need to find a way to keep their wrestlers under control in some way and the best way to do that is by signing them to a contract. That is the case with almost any company or industry, though it isn’t the case with every wrestler in a major promotion.

One of the less surprising debuts this summer saw the FTR, formerly known as the Revival, debuting in AEW. As soon as the team was released from WWE, the question became more about when they would debuts in AEW rather than would they make their debuts. The team first appeared on the May 27 Dynamite and have been regulars since then. However, there is something missing and both sides seem fine with that at the moment.

FTR were guests on the Wrestling Inc Daily Podcast and mentioned that they have no contract with AEW and are only appearing on a handshake deal. This was also mentioned during their appearance on the Jim Cornette Experience in June. At the moment, the team has not worked for any other promotion, though some AEW contracts have allowed for such appearances on some occasions. There is no word on if the two sides will sign an official contract.

FTR has done some great things in AEW. Check out their time there:

Opinion: That’s quite the situation to be in, but I’m not sure I can imagine FTR going back to WWE anytime soon. They’re one of the best teams in the world, but it seems that they are a lot happier in AEW than they ever were in WWE. If AEW is happy with the situation then so be it, but at the same time, this is the kind of thing that has gotten some wrestling promotions in trouble before. Hopefully that isn’t the case again here.

How has FTR’s time in AEW done so far? Who do you want to see them face most? Let us know in the comments below.

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