Top AEW star MJF has made no secrets about the fact that he’ll be considering his options upon the expiry of his contract in 2024, with both AEW and WWE likely to offer the young star a significant financial package.
MJF has frequently teased that he’ll follow in Cody Rhodes’ footsteps and jump ship to WWE unless his demands are met, and whilst MJF has incorporated the contract disputes into his AEW storylines, Fightful Select recently confirmed that these disputes aren’t just part of a storyline.
Speaking on today’s AEW Double Or Nothing Media Call, AEW President Tony Khan noted that he believes wrestling is at its best when real life situations are incorporated.
“Wrestling thrives when real life meets on-screen. The real-life conflict is often just as exciting as any conflict on-screen, which is one of the good things about what AEW has brought to the wrestling business. There was no real, major free agent market with the top stars crossing promotions, debuting, and frankly the competition needed to be brought to the biggest stage. With the 90s, we had TBS and TNT in the wrestling game. With the launch of AEW, we’ve been able to bring that back. Taking what is happening in real with potential movement and contract negotiations is exciting. Adding another element to what will be a very exciting match at Double or Nothing with Wardlow and MJF, who has been very vocal, not only about his own contract but about his former bodyguard and how he feels and he’s tried to hold down his career. For Wardlow, this is a huge opportunity to officially be part of AEW and to shed an image that he’s just MJF’s heavy and MJF’s thug. For MJF, it’s been a great opportunity to not only air some real-life grievances and air his actual status, contractually or otherwise. People are really excited about the fight at Double or Nothing on Sunday.”-Tony Khan
MJF has often alluded to the great bidding war of 2024 in both in-ring promos and exclusive interviews, and we have no doubts that The Pinnacle leader will be in high demand when 2024 rolls around.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription.