Nick Aldis has commented on AEW star MJF but cautioned the company to be careful with the star to make sure the situation stays “beneficial for everyone.”
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.
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.
Since his return, despite showing all of the usual deplorable MJF attitudes, the fans of AEW have very much taken to him and the more he rails against the system, the bigger the cheers get.
Speaking on Not Sam Wrestling with Sam Roberts, former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis gave his thoughts on MJF and cautioned AEW to be careful with their presentation of him:
“He’s a fantastic talent. Anyone who knows what they’re talking about, knows. I do think that you have to be careful with characters like that. It can become problematic, that’s not the right word, it can be difficult, to place them in a way that is beneficial to everyone. It’s NWA-syndrome a little bit. The NWA was red hot and was very important to WCW, but at the same time, you’re on this fast downhill slope like skiing.”
“This is great, I’m going fast, the adrenaline is off the charts,’ what happens if you want to stop? How do I change the directions and get anyone else in this? It’s not impossible, but it is difficult to do. You can’t sacrifice your protagonists to keep feeding this beast without running the potential of harming them because now they go, ‘he gets to say and do whatever he wants and totally eviscerate me, but I’m limited in what I can say in return.'”
Nick Aldis also discussed his own current sticky situation as he lays the blame for the NWA’s recent waning popularity squarely at the door of the promotion’s owner, Billy Corgan.