An All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star has been named in the New York Times’ list of ‘Best Performances of 2020’ for a controversial segment.
MJF was given the distinction for his performance of ‘Me and My Shadow’ in the ‘Le Dinner Debonair’ segment that had a lot of fans divided.
The New York Times writes:
Some weeks the athleticism at this professional wrestling start-up is more exciting than anything happening in Vince McMahon’s empire. And no one in the WWE has this kid’s combination of diction (Juilliard by way of Long Island), intensity or cheesiness, either. Even when Friedman’s lost his cool (his nom de ring is MJF), he still has astounding control. The character is part heel, part tool (hair gel, loafers, Burberry bling — tacky, tacky, tacky) and part goodfella wannabe; his mouth does more running than he does. For reasons only the producers of this show can explain, a long segment in October between MJF and the veteran Chris Jericho culminated in a version of “Me and My Shadow” complete with dancing women and live singing. It was less than spectacular, though not for anything Friedman did. He wasn’t embarrassed at all. He was smooth in a way that should worry Ric Flair. This kid makes you wanna say, “Woo!”
“Some weeks” is definitely some questionable phrasing.
Anyway, the fact that AEW is being included in these kinds of things in such a capacity is evidence that it’s been a very successful first calendar year of Dynamite.