Last night, AEW World Tag Team Champion Cash Wheeler, real name Daniel Wheeler, turned himself into Orlando authorities on an arrest warrant for one count of aggravated assault with a firearm. The alleged offense stems from what was described in his arraignment as a “road rage-type incident” where he flashed a gun on July 27. He was given a $2500 bond, told not to make contact with any of the alleged victims or witnesses and told to turn over all of his firearms to authorities. He is not allowed to have any weapons on or about his person.
Haus of Wrestling is working to find out if AEW was aware of the charge before this morning’s arrest and has yet to gain a full understanding of what was known and when. However, based on those we have spoken to close to Wheeler, they were caught off-guard by the news and were not aware of the charge. We have not heard from Harwood yet but based on his somewhat innocuous tweet from 10:37 am EST, minutes before the news broke, it is possible he was also unaware. (Update: Since the publishing of this article, Fightful reports they have also not spoken with any AEW talent that knew about the charge against Wheeler until today.)
FTR is currently set to face The Young Bucks in a rubber match for the AEW World Tag Team Championships at AEW All In London. At this time, there is no word on if plans have changed based on Wheeler’s arrest. AEW released the following statement to The Orlando Sentinal shortly after news of Wheeler’s arrest broke.
“AEW has been made aware of the charge, and we are closely monitoring the situation. (Wheeler) is fully cooperating with local authorities.”
If the match between The Young Bucks and FTR for the AEW World Tag Team Championships at AEW All In London comes to fruition, it is possible it takes place in front of the largest audience ever for a pro wrestling event. The show recently surpassed 80,000 tickets sold and is within a stone’s throw of WWE’s all-time attendance record of 80,709 for WrestleMania 32.