AEW CEO Tony Khan has claimed that the future of MJF in the company is a personal priority for him as he lauds the star despite his difficulties with him.
A tumultuous 2022 for MJF will end in spectacular fashion if he can see off the challenge of Ricky Starks at Winter Is Coming. The AEW World Champion began 2022 in a show-stealing feud with CM Punk that ended in a bloody Dog Collar match at Revolution. The star then moved on to dealing with his former bodyguard Wardlow but before they could face off at Double Or Nothing, things started to unravel behind the scenes.
MJF missed an advertised meet and greet and there was talk of him no-showing the pay-per-view but he did, in the end, compete, losing easily to Mr. Mayhem. On the following episode of Dynamite, MJF launched an expletive-laden tirade against Tony Khan that caused to him to be missing from television until he returned at All Out.
A potential rekindling of his feud with CM Punk was abandoned due to Punk’s own issues and instead, MJF went after AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, defeating Moxley for the title, with more than a little help from William Regal, at Full Gear.
Speaking to Today.com, Tony Khan noted his admiration for his world champion and commented that The Salt of the Earth’s future is a personal priority ahead of any potential bidding war in 2024:
“MJF, I think, is one of the most charismatic and intelligent pro wrestlers on the planet. And there are fans worldwide compelled by his actions and take notice every time he speaks. My own experiences dealing with him, I’ve found him to be more difficult in some ways off camera if that’s even possible.”
“[His contract is] certainly something he knows is a priority for AEW and me personally.”