2. MJF shouldn’t be a World champion….yet.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman, otherwise known as MJF, is one of the fastest rising performers in all of professional wrestling. MJF is a classic throwback of yesteryear. Accumulating nuclear heat from AEW fans with his raucous promos and dastardly, cheating ways.
It should also be stated that MJF is only 24 years old. Still a young adult, Friedman is wise beyond his wrestling years. A prodigy if you will. Taking pages out of the playbook of Roddy Piper, MJF has used those similar antagonizing tactics to rack up an undefeated (unpinned) singles record in AEW.
He won the AEW Dynamite Diamond ring back in November defeating Hangman Page. MJF pinned his mentor Cody at AEW Revolution in February. He’s defeated every wrestler thrown in front of him, which has earned him the right to this AEW world championship opportunity.
It’s worth noting that MJF has used nearly every trick in the wrestling heel 101 book to achieve most of his victories. Holding tights, using foreign objects and low blowing opponents are prime examples of how he has Houdini-ed his way to an unpinned record in AEW.
Jon Moxley is a different breed wrestler. The guy has a tenacity and hunger for the pro wrestling business that is paralleled by very few people. MJF is going to have to be wilier than ever to pull off this massive upset and walk away with the AEW world championship.
I just don’t see it. Moxley has seen and even executed nearly every deplorable trick in the book to win a match during his career. MJF isn’t ready to carry the torch and handle the pressures of being a world champion. It will happen within the next 18 months, just not at the present moment.