Current AEW star MJF has very much pledged his allegiance to the promotion, but before it even existed, he very nearly worked for WWE as recently as 2018.
Back then, Friedman was with MLW, whose CEO Court Bauer revealed had nearly struck a crossover deal with WWE in 2018 which would have seen MJF work there.
Speaking with Chris Jericho on Talk Is Jericho, Bauer revealed:
“At one point, we were doing some business with WWE in 2018 – we were going to. We were fairly friendly I guess you could say, and there was talk about MJF possibly doing a crossover thing with them. We were taping, primarily at the time, out of Orlando, and they were – NXT, of course, is down the road. So they start asking questions about him, and one of the things they asked was, ‘So he’s what, 26, 28, 29?’ I’m like, ‘No dude, he’s 21.’ They’re like, ‘What?’ I’m like, ‘Does he look that way, or just the experience? What is it,’ and I remember telling MJF that. He’s like, ‘I don’t know if I should take that as a compliment or an insult.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know either.’ He has certain qualities you just don’t see in a lot of wrestling. A lot of wrestling, I think, as JR would say, ‘Do you have the sizzle there or what?’ And he kind of blends a lot of those qualities. Very much a throwback, but he doesn’t think he’s a throwback. He just takes those positive attributes and incorporates it into a modern character that works.”
MJF will be in action on this coming Wednesday’s Winter is Coming edition of AEW Dynamite, where he defends the Dynamite Diamond ring in a battle royal.
Quote via Wrestling Inc