Chris Jericho has given his thoughts on the situation surrounding MJF and AEW and says the star has a lot to learn and isn’t as good as he thinks he is.
The unstable situation between MJF and AEW exploded over Double Or Nothing weekend with the Long Island-native missing an advertised meet and greet with rumours swirling that he wouldn’t appear for his scheduled match with Wardlow in Las Vegas.
In the end, MJF did compete, losing to his former bodyguard in short order and being carted out of the arena on a stretcher. Despite that, MJF appeared on the following episode of Dynamite where he cut a blistering promo on Tony Khan, begging the AEW President to “fire me you f*cking mark.”
Since then MJF has not been mentioned on AEW TV and has been removed from all advertising for the time being.
Now speaking to talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, the man who went to war with MJF in the first Blood & Guts, Chris Jericho, has given his thoughts on the situation and says it’s nothing to do with him but a contract is a contract:
“After 30 years in this business, I’ve learned if it doesn’t have anything to do with me I stay the hell out of it. I don’t really care. If I had an angle with MJF or if I was involved in the contracts I’d be much more interested in it, but I stay out of it, it has nothing to do with me.”
“Only thing I will say is a contract is a contract. If every athlete in every sport wanted to be paid more now, then what’s the point of having a contract, you know what I mean? We’ll see how it plays out. I’m happy with my contract and I know in a year-and-a-half when my contract is done, we’ll have some negotiations to discuss and that’s how it goes.”
“Until then, I want to do the best performances that I can, put on the best shows and the best stories, keep the people interested happy, and excited and when that contract is up, I’ll be rewarded for it.”
Chris Jericho then went on to say that MJF has a lot to learn and he thinks the young star will be back in AEW before long:
“MJF is 25 [actually 26]. He has a lot to learn. He’s not as good as he thinks he is and like I said, it really is nothing to do with me but I’m sure he’ll be back.
“18 months is a long time to stay at home and that’s Tony Khan’s prerogative. You’re under contract, you want to stay at home? You can stay at home and not get paid and that’s what happens. We see it happen in other companies and that’s just how it goes. If you didn’t expect that, then why did you sign your contract in the first place?”