Elite Wrestling’s biggest organic star has been away from television for 63 days with no idea when he’ll be back. Are from his new age “tube bomb” advertisement on the June 1 episode of “Dynamite”, MJF did not appear. The first episode in August of AEW’s flagship show had a 99.999999% chance of being aired for a ninth consecutive without Long Island pride, resonating with wrestling fans in the area. that of New York like Billy Joel. Everywhere else, he was the supremely talented Nickelback.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman has no reason to be on tonight’s show because of the lucid plot, but it’s part of his mystery. You can never completely count him out of the possibility, even if there’s a one in a million chance that it does. He’s been dropped from title sequences from both AEW’s weekly TV shows and all other promotional material since his fourth wall settlement. It’s been an ongoing story entering a new fork in the road for the past two weeks.
As the aftermath of Vince McMahon’s resignation as WWE President and CEO lingered throughout the pro wrestling tournament, and Paul “Triple H” Levesque took over the company’s creative and talent relations efforts, he would be silly not to ask MJF about his willingness to jump ship, as mentor and good friend of “The Salt of the Earth” Cody Rhodes did earlier this year. McMahon’s micromanaging reduces the melodramatic, polarizing nature that makes MJF so interesting.
Triple H has a small sample size of how successful he is in his new role, and he has never overseen a talent like Friedman. With Levesque in the driver’s seat, one of the big changes in WWE since McMahon’s departure has been less scripting of matches and commercials, per PWINsider. There’s also the aura of Triple H being a significantly better current internal leader than his father-in-law.
Please also make it clear: MJF confirms his contract status in that last televised appearance. He is signed to All Elite Wrestling until 2024. His easiest and possibly only way, if he remains a disgruntled employee, is AEW CEO Tony Khan, sack him. That begs the question: Why would Khan let one of his biggest stars go to a rival company?
MJF may not accept calls. Perhaps Khan opened his wallet. All of which can be a subtle trick that blurs the line between fact and fiction in an art form of theatrical athletics. Or it could be exactly what Friedman is waiting for, as a bargaining chip to give his current boss a huge raise, to start a bidding war, or to start a relationship. with a prospective employer. No matter where the MJF falls in that blurry picture, I bet Triple H tried that dial. It will be my third call from his creative position to “outside” talent. after Sasha Banks and Naomi.
When analyzing the future landscape of WWE, Triple H isn’t the only massive personality with weight in this situation. Stephanie McMahon, Levesque’s wife and Vince’s daughter, and Nick Khan — no relation to Tony or any of the owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars — are the company’s new co-CEOs. While Triple H was lauded for guiding NXT 1.0 and seems to have a strong rapport with the involved talents, we don’t know exactly where Stephanie and Khan fit into this. Expecting Raw and Smackdown! to become larger versions of prime black-and-gold NXT is foolish. There are too many cooks in the kitchen on the main rosters to seamlessly have that quality product appear, even if Triple H has a Gordon Ramsay-level acumen.
We’re into month No. 3 of MJF’s exile of whatever sort. Speculating as to his status is either 100% exactly what AEW wants, or precisely what they’d hate if he’s on the outs as much as his character presents. There’s no in-between. Friedman was a prick on television and did a phenomenal job translating that outside the squared circle. He’d give middle fingers to throngs of fans waiting in the heat to enter an AEW show, or to little kids take a picture with him. He was rude in media interviews often installed as great airtime for live events.
MJF’s grievances only came to light after he failed to show up for a fan meet and greet in Las Vegas the day before. Double or nothing, The program is signed by AEW, after being previously discovered in a casino. It is reported that Friedman booked a flight out of town after intentionally missing the event. He showed up to wrestle the former Wardlow player 24 hours later, crushed and met with shrill chants of “bastard!” louder than the music at his door. Next Wednesday is his last time in the ring.
It was my educated guess that AEW and Friedman buried the vault at some point. He was written out of the plot until the fall, or maybe even winter. That’s when WarnerMedia will analyze the company for its next TV deal. A blistering hot corner with the return of MJF with a hope CM Punk is healthy in scissors will do wonders. That’s not a big mistake from advertising. I believe this is a spin.
Is a possible MJF exodus from the AEW even larger than the Rhodes exit? For a casual WWE fan, absolutely not. Grandson of a plumber and his previous “dandy” history conquer that alone for Cody. For someone who follows both companies, it’s a lot bigger. Rhodes took his course in AEW and thrived back in WWE before having pectoral tendon surgery in June. No Friedman ever turned a temporary hole into a permanent one. Pure WWE fans won’t know the generational talent within its walls. Securing MJF’s services from Khan, though, would be an early sign of raising the stakes of what a post-Vince-WWE can do from goofy daughter and son-in-law doofus.