On several occasions, MJF has publicly stated that his All Elite Wrestling (AEW) contract will be expiring on January 1, 2024, and intends on creating a “bidding war of 2024” between AEW, WWE and the other bigger wrestling promotions.
For the past few months, the contraction situation around Maxwell Jacob Friedman has been a heavy topic with fans and pundits, and he also reportedly caused real-life heat between MJF and AEW owner Tony Khan. Back in May at an event before All Elite Wrestling’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view, MJF was a complete no-show for a meet and greet in retaliation against Khan.
After a claimed backstage dispute between “The Devil” and owner of AEW, MJF delivered a fiery promo towards Khan during a post-Double Or Nothing episode of Dynamite, and then followed that up by taking a hiatus from the company for months. MJF eventually made his return in September at AEW All Out.
Taking part in an interview with the New York Post speaking with Joseph Staszewski, “The Salt of the Earth” was questioned about if he had signed a contract extension with All Elite Wrestling.
“I know the truth. I most certainly haven’t. I think that wrestling fans are kind of just doing that to kid themselves. So maybe they feel a little less heartbroken as things are going on. Now I’ll tell you this, bonus and brownie points from Tony Khan for paying me what he’s paying me now with no extension. He did not have to do that.”