MJF has discussed the rumours that he signed a contract extension in AEW prior to his return at All Out, postponing the supposed bidding war of 2024.
MJF has had something of a mixed 2022 to say the very least. He began the year as part of one of the most talked about feuds in years as he did battle with – and even defeated CM Punk.
On the approach to Double Or Nothing in May, things started to go awry as MJF missed an advertised meet and greet with his match on the pay-per-view itself up in the air and one point. He did compete, losing easily to Wardlow and after an expletive-laden rant on Dynamite, he was on hiatus for the rest of the summer with rumours circulating that he wanted more money and AEW CEO Tony Khan wanted him to sign an extension for the raise leading to an impasse.
The Salt of the Earth returned at All Out, winning the Casino Ladder Match and an AEW World Title shot with it. He has the chance to make this the year of his life at Full Gear when he challenges Jon Moxley for that championship.
Speaking to the New York Post, MJF directly addressed rumours that he and Tony Khan came to a secret agreement about a contract extension rendering the so-called bidding war of 2024 – when his deal with AEW expires – nothing but a storyline:
“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.”
“What happens after the fact [in 2024] is entirely up to AEW management if they are willing to shell out the proper amount of money. 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.”