It would appear that MJF’s hiatus is set to end “somewhat soon”, if a new report is to be believed.
It was the 1st June 2022 edition of AEW Dynamite when MJF went on a verbal tirade, insulting the fans, his co-workers and Tony Khan – challenging him to “fire me you f*cking mark”. The promo wasn’t mentioned again for the rest of the show, and shortly afterwards his merchandise was pulled from the AEW website.
Since that date he hasn’t been heard from within the company, with the AEW President also refusing to discuss the star or the issue with the media.
Dave Meltzer has noted in his latest Wrestling Observer newsletter that this could change in the near future, with MJF expected to return to the company “somewhat soon”.
MJF is currently scheduled to be returning somewhat soon. We don’t know the exact time but the negotiations for a new TV deal will likely be taking place starting in just a few months and into the spring, so the TV ratings numbers probably September to whenever the deal is closed are the most important to date so this recent drop is the worst time to have a drop.
The landscape change of WWE becoming the “cool” promotion came at a bad time and AEW basically needs all hands on deck. In a sense, the AEW bad luck due to injuries to so many key people (C.M. Punk, Adam Cole, Bryan Danielson, Kenny Omega) along with MJF being out and the Hardy Boyz as an act being shelved all at the same time not to mention countless other injuries and the MJF angle may end up a blessing in disguise since all of them are expected back for the fall and winter.
Of course the reality is that people are still going to be getting hurt because that’s always the case, but the hope is that it’s more normalized. Obviously it’s disappointing that Danielson and Punk didn’t move numbers more, and that week one of Omega, unadvertised, didn’t either. But given the nature of MJF’ exit in Los Angeles, that would tell you Punk vs. MJF was the plan at least at that time for MJF’s return.
MJF’s last match for the company came at Double Or Nothing 2022 at the end of May, in a losing effort against Wardlow. This came after there had been speculation that he was not going to show up for the match.