MJF has addressed his reasons for not getting in the ring more often, saying he doesn’t want to “kill his body” while accusing fans of being “fickle”.
On the Winter Is Coming edition of Dynamite, MJF made a rare appearance in his ring gear as he defended both his Dynamite Diamond Ring and recently won AEW World Championship against Ricky Starks.
In the end, Friedman retained the title after pushing the referee away and hitting a low blow. He then rolled Starks into an Inside Cadle for the pinfall victory. Following the bout, Bryan Danielson confronted MJF, who promptly ran away.
The defence was only the ninth match for The Salt Of The Earth in 2022. In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, the star explained why he so rarely gets in the ring.
“Wrestling fans get upset with me for not wrestling more. I hear, ‘MJF, you should wrestle more.’ F**k you; you wrestle. It hurts. I’m not a f**king mark loser like Bryan Danielson where I’m feigning [sic] to get in the ring every week because I’m a wrestling hipster nerd.”
MJF went on to explain that his priorities include maintaining his physical and mental health before blasting fans for being fickle when it comes to supporting wrestlers.
“You know what I care about? Making the most amount of money I can in the shortest amount of time possible, and maintaining my mental and physical health.
“I’m not going to go out and kill my body for people who are fickle. One second, you’re beloved. Then you’re hated. That shows you how fickle, disgusting and putrid mark wrestling fans are.
“One second, you think MJF is the best thing since sliced bread. The next, you want someone to get the belt off me as soon as possible. And they don’t even realize it. It sickens me.”