Jim Cornette Gives His Take On AEW’s MJF Saga

Jim Cornette

Jim Cornette has weighed in on the issues between AEW and MJF, making it clear the company needs to sort something soon or they’ll miss out on him becoming “the hottest wrestler in the business”.

After concerns surrounding whether MJF would appear at Double Or Nothing for his scheduled contest with Wardlow after he had missed a meet and greet earlier in the week, more rumours started circulating that the star was unhappy with his contract situation in AEW.

On the subsequent episode of Dynamite, MJF cut a promo which many would say blurred the lines of the wrestling industry by being a “shoot” and challenging AEW President Tony Khan to ““fire me you f*cking mark”. MJF has not been seen on AEW programming since that date, and Khan has refused to discuss the issue in any media interviews.

Speaking to Kenny McIntosh of Inside The Ropes, Jim Cornette has given his take on why AEW needs to capitalise on the success of MJF, and how the star has persevered through the more challenging times and may now want to be compensated better.

MJF is a once-in-a-generation verbal talent, and he can work as well. He is not the biggest in the world but he has enough size to get by because of the way he draws you into him. And since he was the primary one of the very few homegrown AEW developed talents that were not on television beforehand and had not been seen by the general public, MJF got over better than anyone.

He was driving the ratings and selling pay-per-views in his match with Punk. MJF was actually good enough to survive the f*cking dance routine with Chris “Gene Kelly” Jericho when he tried to sabotage MJF to make himself look even more grandiose, MJF survived that.

And then they get into this situation because obviously, Tony has thrown around a lot of money for some of these guys. Nobody knows exactly how much but that’s their business. I’ve seen somebody say that PAC is apparently being paid $1 million a year. My God, as my uncle Harry would say ‘They saw Tony coming down the road.’ Punk is worth a few million, Jericho for his name value at the time I would have done the same thing as I mentioned, I didn’t know that he was a right-wing lunatic.

But with MJF, he came in on a lower contract, I understand there was consternation about that. He is outperforming and outdrawing these other guys that are making more money, so he and Tony are having it out.

Jim Cornette continued, saying how MJF isn’t the only wrestler AEW is somewhat dropping the ball on, and it’s something they need to act quickly on this time round.

Now it has been what, more than a month? Well, the show has sucked since then because Punk got hurt at the same time. Maybe they have got something brilliant. There are parts of this that is definitely a shoot. We think that there are parts that is a work and we don’t know which is which. But my God, you had something.

It’s just like when Bryan Danielson was the best wrestler in the world in December for about 6 weeks. He was a heel, a technical wrestling heel that was also giving passive aggressive, condescending interviews. He was making it look effortless, you couldn’t wait to see him in the ring and you couldn’t wait to see what he was going to say next.

Then suddenly, he is in the Blackpool Combat Club with Jon “The Plumber” Moxley who I have decided is the absolute sh*ttiest wrestler on the f*cking planet that people are trying to push because he is friends with people backstage.

That’s what I am talking about with talent mismanagement. You have got something unexpected with Bryan Danielson, let’s capitalise on that, no. You’ve got something with MJF let’s capitalise on that, no. You’ve got something with FTR, let’s capitalise on that, no. He [Tony Khan] just goes about his sh*t depending on how much Adderall he took last week. So what I am saying is something better happen soon, or they have all lost out on MJF being the hottest wrestler in the business.

Jim Cornette also recently weighed in on the scandal surrounding Vince McMahon.