Number 1 Tag Team In AEW Will Not Be On The Launch Version Of Their First Ever Console Game
One of the hottest tag teams in AEW and all of the professional wrestling was removed from AEW Fight Forever earlier in the summer, according to a new report.
For any person who is not in the Pro Wrestling bubble, AEW is the new kid on the block that has shaken the whole industry to its core. Delivering a first real alternative to WWE since the fall of WCW, AEW has risen like a Pheonix as they have soared from an upstart professional wrestling company to the number two promotion in the U.S. Backed by an over-the-top, maybe a bit too passionate billionaire who has sucked in every available big-time free agent out there, they have become the true epitome for every member of the IWC out there.
But now they will continue in their attempt at broadening their market and taking strides into mainstream media, as soon they will release their first ever video game. Weirdly though, whenever a wrestling video game comes out you would expect to have the entire roster there from the start, especially the big names of said company. So strangely this might be not what some fans expect but a new report confirms one of the company's top tag teams and hottest wrestlers will not be in the launch version of AEW Fight Forever when it releases despite early work already being done for them.
The reigning Ring of Honor, AAA, and IWGP tag team champions FTR will not appear in AEW Fight Forever when it debuts somewhere between late 2022 and early 2023, according to a report from Fightful Select through WrestleTalk. According to the article, Yukes had already started creating the in-game representations of Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood when the decision was made to remove them from the launch edition of the game earlier this summer. However, because their participation would have resulted in a pay bonus when the game was published, it apparently didn't sit well with either wrestler.
Though prior rumors suggested the launch roster wouldn't be that big, the absence of FTR from AEW's inaugural game is probably just the first of many prominent withdrawals from the game. Only about 50 of the more than 160 roster players who are now contracted to AEW will allegedly be on the game's roster when it launches. Although Yukes and AEW have not yet released the whole launch lineup, just a few names have been confirmed: Kris Statlander, Kenny Omega, Britt Baker, Adam Cole, and Chris Jericho.
However, FTR's removal from the game's first release does not guarantee that the team will ultimately be banned. Given the wealth of talent, the promotion has acquired in the past year alone, AEW President and CEO Tony Khan have already announced there are plans to extend the game's roster with post-launch content upgrades, which may have calmed some players' concerns. However, FTR's omission from the launch edition also raises the possibility that more titles won't be made available. Given how recently they all joined AEW, big stars like Brody King, Buddy Matthews, Keith Lee, Swerve Strickland, Toni Storm, Athena, and the other noteworthy 2022 signings could not survive.