There is no question that MJF is a wrestling prodigy. At only 24 years old, he is one of the fastest rising stars in the business. However, where did he learn everything he knows? Well, now MJF has revealed who he studies in wrestling.
During his interview with Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, MJF listed a number of legends whose work he has studied. Among them are Roddy Piper, Ric Flair and Tully Blanchard. Here is the quote:
“Well, I’ve said Roddy Piper a billion times. Ric Flair. Tully Blanchard. It’s unfortunate that me and him had to have a spat back in the day, but I think if me and him talked it out, it’d be fine. I mean, the list honestly goes on and on. Nick Bockwinkle. I grow exhausted with the examples simply because I watch so much professional wrestling. I watch Mid-South Wrestling. I watch Global. I watch Smokey Mountain. I watch AWA. I watch World Class. I watch anything I can get my hands on from, pretty much, from ’92 downward simply because so many people in my generation don’t concern themselves with that time frame because they feel they can get nothing from it. I find that laughable.
There’s a reason why every single time I’m in the ring it seems I’m unique. I feel like a throwback of sorts. I feel different. Whereas every else is kinda going out there and they’re trying to do sequences as fast as they possible can, and they’re trying to hurt their opponent by doing flips and dives. It was never my M.O. I believe Chris Jericho is somebody that was able to mix both the old school and the new school, and that’s something I pride myself on as well.”
MJF is currently set to challenge Chris Jericho at Full Gear this Saturday. If he is able to win, Jericho will be forced to welcome him into the Inner Circle.