AEW World Champion MJF has fired back at veterans of the wrestling world who choose to criticise him for his own approach to the business.
2022 has undoubtedly been the year of MJF in AEW with the star beginning the year as part of a show-stealing feud with CM Punk that culminated in a brutal Dog Collar match. His next challenge was in the form of his former bodyguard Wardlow but The Salt of the Earth made headlines for his out-of-the-ring issues before the two men clashed at Double Or Nothing.
MJF missed an advertised meet and greet event and there was talk that he might no-show the pay-per-view itself as he found himself in a dispute with Tony Khan over his AEW contract. He then missed the summer before making a surprise return to confront then-AEW Champion CM Punk at the end of All Out in September.
With Punk going through his own issues in the company, Jon Moxley ended up as AEW World Champion but MJF dethroned the Blackpool Combat Club man for the AEW World Championship at Full Gear. But despite his banner year, MJF has not been without his critics for the brash style he conducts himself with.
Speaking to Muscle & Fitness, MJF gave his thoughts about some of the older stars of the wrestling world in his typically forthright style:
“I could give a sh*t about the older guys. I wish they would all rot in hell and die already. It’s our time. Screw them, and screw the fans that like them still. I’ve had a phrase and a saying since I entered this business: talent over tenure. I believe in it wholeheartedly, and if these old dogs don’t want to believe I’ll put them out of their misery myself. Just come for the champ, and I’ll do it.”