MJF Returns At AEW Double Or Nothing (VIDEO)


Former AEW World Champion MJF made his surprising return at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view.

The last time AEW fans saw Maxwell Jacob Friedman was at the AEW Worlds End Pay-Per-View on December 30th, 2023 when he lost the World Title to Samoa Joe. It was the end of MJF’s record-long 406-day reign as the AEW World Champion.

When MJF lost the World Title to Samoa Joe, he was also dealing with injuries to his shoulder. That night also saw Adam Cole reveal himself as “The Devil” and Cole along with his new Undisputed Kingdom group destroyed Friedman after the match.

At AEW Double or Nothing in Las Vegas after five months away, Maxwell Friedman made his triumphant return to All Elite Wrestling.

In the first hour of the show, Adam Cole did a promo about how he should be back home rehabbing his ankle. The promo was interrupted by a video featuring a room that had MJF merchandise. That led to MJF making his entrance to a huge ovation. MJF hugged Cole, but then MJF did a low blow kick. MJF hit Cole with a brainbuster and Cole was helped out of the ring after that.

MJF said that he gave Cole trust and thanks to him, that isn’t happening again. MJF said that Cole didn’t take out MJF because all he did was wake him up. MJF remembered that he is the greatest wrestler on God’s green Earth. MJF reminded us of his name while saying his “I’m better than you and you know it” catchphrase.

As he continued, MJF said that unlike Adam Cole and those other schmucks in the back, he doesn’t need a New Japan or a Vince McMahon to make MJF because MJF made MJF. (The Vince mention led to an “ooohhh” reaction.) That led to MJF saying no more haha, friendships, kangaroo kicks and it’s back to doing what he does best – hate, hate, hate.

MJF told the fans that when he is driven by hate, nobody is safe. MJF said that masks are for people hiding. MJF said that he’s done hiding because he’s the absolute best. MJF said that the Devil mask symbolizes the end of 2023 so this mask can go straight to hell. MJF even did a Ric Flair strut and elbow drop on the mask. MJF tossed the mask out into the crowd.

What Did MJF Do To Show His Dedication To AEW?

At the end of the promo, MJF spoke about how he was betting on himself since day one. MJF said that he’s All In, Double or Nothing. MJF said that with regard to his contract status as if it wasn’t obvious, he showed off a “Bet On Yourself AEW” tattoo on the back of his lower right leg. That led to MJF saying matter of factly: “I ain’t f’n leaving.” MJF celebrated as his music played.