A top AEW star has revealed scrapped plans for their feud with MJF.
In 2020 and 2021, MJF and Chris Jericho told a one-year story of the two men joining forces in the Inner Circle before Maxwell Jacob Friedman betrayed the group by creating his own faction at their expense.
Aligning with Wardlow, Shawn Spears, Tully Blanchard and FTR, the Pinnacle was born and feuded with the Inner Circle for much of 2021.
Along the course of the year, MJF went undefeated against Jericho until “The Ocho” was able to beat the current AEW World Champion at AEW All Out 2021.
On a recent edition of the “AEW-some pod“, Jericho reflected on his lengthy rivalry with MJF. He stated:
“This MJF and Jericho feud was 366 days, it went a year and a day.”
“It was a really cool story because we had Max and I becoming friends and then Max wanting to join the Inner Circle, and then him getting into the Inner Circle when he beat me in a match — and then he basically assembled his own faction.”
Recounting the sequence of events that led to the Pinnacle vs. Inner Circle feud, Jericho revealed that AEW tried to secure the rights to AC/DC’s song “Back In Black.”
However, the company was forced to settle for AC/DC’s “Are You Ready,” which he thought was “not as cool” but helped in selling the rivalry.
Further reflecting on the rivalry, Jericho continued on to take some credit for MJF’s success since then. He said:
“The idea [behind the rivalry] was to turn MJF into a bigger star, and now he’s the world champion — it worked. He’s running the show, so I guess it worked,”
Chris Jericho is currently scheduled to face Will Ospreay for the first time ever at AEW All In on Sunday, August 27.
For the full lineup for the event, click here.
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