A former WWE writer has heaped praise on AEW World Champion MJF and says in today’s pro wrestling no one can match his mind.
MJF has had a 2022 like no other, beginning the year in a show-stealing feud with CM Punk. The star’s future in AEW looked uncertain over the summer after he no-showed a meet and greet ahead of Double Or Nothing and then went on an expletive-filled tirade at Tony Khan live on Dynamite.
All Out proved to be MJF’s return as he captured the win in a Casino Ladder Match – thanks to Stokely Hathaway and The Firm – guaranteeing him an AEW World Championship match. MJF cashed in that opportunity and – thanks to William Regal – defeated Jon Moxley to become AEW World Champion for the very first time.
Speaking on the Insight podcast with Chris Van Vliet, former WWE writer and Hollywood star Freddie Prinze Jr. gave his thoughts on The Salt of the Earth and says despite not working there (yet) MJF helps WWE’s business:
“I’ve been saying this for a long time, man. I’ve gotten to know Maxwell over the last two years. Every time he comes to LA, we make it a point to go to dinner, and I try to take him to like a different sushi spot every time, right? And this kid is 26 years old, so I can say kid, and he has the single most brilliant mind in the wrestling business.”
“Every storyline that he’s come up with, man, I shouldn’t even say that. Well, I said it. Listen, the ideas in this kid’s head at getting multiple people over, not just himself, but focusing on what’s best for the business, not what’s best for MJF, is second to none. And I’m not the most experienced and educated wrestling cat in the world, but I did work for the WWE. And I did ask a million questions to the Pat Pattersons of the world, to The Freebirds of the world, to the Arn Andersons, the Dean Malenkos, all these old school people.”
“Everything they taught me this dude has in spades, it is unreal how his mind works. He does not go into business for himself. That’s such a cliche thing to say now ever since that CM Punk explosion at AEW. But for real, that’s the best way to say it, I love this kid, I texted him the night he won. Don’t get mad at me for saying this. He wrote back ‘We did it.’”
“Not meaning he and I, meaning him and everyone, all I wrote back was ‘Damn right you did.’ Because I wanted him to know like, brother, this was you and it’s awesome that you’re trying to get as many people over, as many people over as humanly possible. But you did this, otherwise at 26, it does not happen. And so I just hate complimenting a heel. But man he’s just, he’s so great at it. I love this guy so much. He’s so good for the business on both sides. Like not even working for WWE, I feel he helps WWE as well.”
MJF will appear on Dynamite for the first time as AEW World Champion when the show emanates from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he might explain his relationship with William Regal.
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