MJF has made no secrets regarding the expiration of his AEW contract in 2024, highlighting that he’ll be considering his options when that time comes.
During a recent PWTorch VIP audio show, Wade Keller touched upon WWE’s interest in the AEW star, with WWE seemingly willing to offer MFJ a significant financial package should he decide to make the switch.
Keller also noted that WWE’s treatment of former AEW EVP Cody Rhodes has increased MJF’s own interest in joining the company.
“A source within WWE with knowledge of MJF’s stature among top WWE management indicates MJF is coveted and would likely be given a lucrative contract offer. In fact, it’s more than one source giving me information that with a big overlap on this. More than one source says that the treatment Cody has received by WWE on and off-air has given MJF a good impression of how he’d be featured in WWE if he were to make the jump. In other words, if Cody was buried or was given promises that were kept, maybe MJF would be handling this differently.”-Wade Keller
Keller continued, pointing out that WWE would even be willing to look past MJF’s backstage issues with his current employer when considering making him an offer, although MJF may need to consider how his actions in public reflect on his professionalism.
“One source in WWE told me that MJF is seen as such a commodity that his recent and tractable behaviour on and off-air with AEW wouldn’t deter Vince McMahon from making him a lucrative offer. Although a falling out with AEW could take away considerable leverage for MJF, MJF’s value to WWE would remain high. They need people. He’s young, he’s good, and he’d be paid accordingly, regardless of his reputation in AEW. Now maybe that changes a little bit with the headache that Vince McMahon feels Sasha Banks and Naomi put him through, but maybe not. But his reputation, in general, might take a blow if details about his latest interactions with Khan and AEW reflect poorly on his professionalism.”-Wade Keller
It remains to be seen what the next stage of these ongoing disputes between MJF and AEW will hold, although WWE’s interest in Friedman is sure to cause considerably more headaches for Tony Khan whenever the pair decide to reenter negotiations.
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.