Despite his on-screen persona, MJF really is salt of the earth according to one WWE Hall of Famer.
Current AEW World Champion Maxwell Jacob Friedman has earned himself a reputation as one of the top heels in wrestling today. Never one to shy away from controversy, the star drew criticism for throwing an alcoholic beverage at a child at Revolution, an incident that earned him a “serious conversation” with Tony Khan.
However, according to WWE Hall of Famer DDP, the young star isn’t as evil in real life as he lets on. Speaking in a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, Diamond Dallas Page opened up about his opinion on Friedman, calling him “the nicest guy.”
“Well, you know, it’s so hard when you’re trying to come up and you’re trying to get noticed. I mean, wrestling is the world of look at me, let me push your buttons. You know, like, I’m personally no MJF. But he will be pissed off at me for saying this. But he’s the nicest. He’s the nicest guy. He really is, to me. But to everybody out in the open, he’s an asshole. And it’s not him being an asshole, it’s him living the gimmick. He could turn babyface in an instant and he would be over even bigger, I think. But as a heel, oh my god.”
“I Could Talk About MJF For Hours” – WWE Hall Of Famer DDP
Continuing, Diamond Dallas Page told a hilarious story of MJF living up to his heel persona during an interaction with a comedian on the Jericho Cruise.
“One of my favourite MJF stories. This was on the Jericho Cruise, which is amazing. If you haven’t done it, and you’re thinking about doing the Jericho Cruise, do it. I did a couple of them. And I love Chris Jericho. There’s another goat, I mean, capital GOAT I mean like big time, but one of the comedians was up on stage. And it’s a packed house, you know, that particular night. And I can’t remember his name. But he said, you know, you have to really appreciate MJF’s commitment to being the character. He’s never out of character. My buddy and I, we love to listen to him.
“[The comedian said] So we’re waiting in line [for autographs]. He’s charging more than anyone. I don’t know if it’s a particular moment. But I remember, there was a point of charging for autographs, and MJF when he was nobody put himself at like $150. And they paid it! [MJF said] I don’t give a f*ck if you come here and want my autograph or not. I’m better than you and you know it. I mean, that was one of the great, that’s a great tagline. And I put the kid over because I love him.
“But he says you have to appreciate MJF’s commitment to being MJF. My buddy and I finally get up to the front. And we say, bro, we love your sh*t. Now my buddy’s drinking a coffee at the time. MJF grabbed his cup, took it, spit in it, gave it back to my buddy and said so what the f*ck do two want? I mean what a roar., you know, but that’s him, he’s committed to the character. So oh my God. I could talk about MJF for hours.”
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