One of AEW’s fastest rising and brightest stars in MJF recently spoke with Ariel Helwani on a variety of topics such as WWE having an interest in him when his contract expires in 2024, his current status with All Elite Wrestling in terms of his contract, the AEW departure of “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes and his relationship with WWE Executive Bruce Prichard, among others. According to a report by Fightful Select, AEW President Tony Khan took issue with the topics MJF had with Ariel Helwani during his interview as he did not notify the promotion’s PR team beforehand and that would lead to a heated discussion between the two.
It was also mentioned on the report that the interview MJF had with Ariel Helwani led to Khan and MJF having a discussion this past weekend and both men were left frustrated after their discussion. MJF’s AEW contract status was reportedly one of the key reasons why the top AEW Star has been frustrated as of late. The report also stated that people in All Elite Wrestling have noted if the topics discussed during the interview were brought up with the company’s PR team beforehand, then there would not have been an issue.
During the interview, MJF noted that his AEW contract is up January 1st, 2024 and he is not afraid to stir the pot as when someone is as talented and as much of a draw as he is, then he can bite off Tony Khan’s fingers and he does not care who he offends because he is literally the best talker in the pro wrestling business and one of the best wrestlers in the history of the business bell to bell.
This is what MJF said:
“So when you’re as talented, as over, and as much of a draw as me, if I want to I can bite off Tony Khan’s fingers. He knows where his bread is buttered.” “And if that offends somebody in the locker room, which I know it does, oh well, cry about it. Get more over than me. Oh wait, that’s right, you can’t. Because I’m literally the best talker in the business, and one of the best wrestlers in the history of the business bell to bell.”
“Because I don’t just spam moves like I’m in a video game, I make people feel something because I’m going out there to win. I’m not going out there to show off. I’m not going out there to try and make sure that I get all these people talking about my star ratings. No. If that happens and it’s a by-product of what I do, fantastic. But I didn’t get into this business to hit moves. I got into this business to make money. That’s why I got into this business. So that’s why I’m not afraid to talk about when my contract is up, January 1st, 2024, and I’m not afraid to stir that pot.”
MJF also talked about WWE’s interest in him once his AEW contract is up, but legally he can’t discuss the reason why. MJF then revealed that there is a frontrunner he is leaning towards to and he will go where the money is, but he can’t say right now which way he is leaning towards to.
This is what MJF said:
“Again, I know for a fact. It’s already been leaked several times.” “And even if it wasn’t leaked, I would have known. But legally, I cannot discuss why.”
“I will be wherever the money is.” “I am leaning, but I can’t say which way, but I’m certainly leaning. There is a frontrunner, and I’m not quite sure it’s the one people would expect, but yes, there is a frontrunner.”
You can check out MJF’s full interview in the video below: