MJF is dealing with two significant injuries as the AEW World Champion and still plans to keep wrestling.
At AEW Full Gear, Maxwell Jacob Friedman (aka MJF) successfully defended his World Championship against Jay White while dealing with a storyline knee injury.
During the match, MJF also suffered other injuries, including a partially torn labrum injury that MJF revealed in a tweet that he ended up deleting.
“I just got an MRI.
I tore my labrum in my left shoulder.
I’ll be defending my title at world’s end.
I believe in AEW.”
MJF Has Multiple Injuries
On the November 29th edition of AEW Dynamite, MJF appeared with a cane on his left side due to the pain that he was in.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter wrote about the injuries that MJF is dealing with while noting that the AEW World Champion plans to keep wrestling.
“MJF has two significant injuries right now, the hip coming from the elbow drop from the top rope to the floor when he decided to do the planned move even though Jay White was on the floor rather than on a table where the table break would somewhat break the fall. The planned spot is something that a number of wrestlers have done over the years even though it’s still high-risk.”
“The spot he did was something I can’t think of anyone who has done. His hip dislocated but he finished the match. We’re told the hip swelling is down but the pain is still pretty much the same.”
“The shoulder injury came from the uranage off the top rope spot by White. He had come in with an injured shoulder. He won’t be getting surgery and is going to be working on stem cell therapy and rehab to get ready. Surgery would have put him out for a couple of months.”
“Whether he will do a match between now and then is not known, but he believes he can do careful matches or smoke & mirror matches prior to the PPV. Talent in wrestling working on torn labrums is not unusual, and he’s done it before. He suffered a torn labrum prior to his May 23, 2020, Double or Nothing PPV match with Jungle Boy and ended up with a breakthrough performance for both of them at the time. Although this tear is said to be worse than the 2020 tear.”
As noted above, MJF will defend the AEW World TItle against Samoa Joe at the final PPV of the year called Worlds End on December 30, which takes place in Friedman’s hometown of Long Island, New York.