The scrapped plans for a segment featuring MJF backstage at a recent AEW Dynamite episode have been revealed.
On the May 17 episode of AEW Dynamite, MJF was involved in a terse backstage interview with Renee Paquette that saw him slap the microphone out of her hands.
Footage from the short exchange can be seen below this news story.
Dave Meltzer has reported that this wasn’t the original plan, however, writing in the current Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required) that the promo was supposed to feature everyone involved in the four pillars match along with Britt Baker.
Baker’s involvement would have her saying that even if MJF wins his match and retains the AEW World Championship, he’s “not going to hold the title long, bay bay.”
According to Meltzer, the plan is for Adam Cole to feud with whoever wins the AEW Pillars Four Way Match in a chase for the gold.
Meltzer says that “something about it was deemed not good enough” which is why it was changed to what AEW Dynamite viewers saw on the evening.
He would suggest that maybe the change of plan stemmed from not wanting to reveal that Cole is in line for a title shot because fans would figure that MJF is retaining the championship.
That said, he also noted that “everyone figures MJF is winning as there was 50-to-1 odds favoring him.”
AEW Double or Nothing takes place on May 28 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Here are the results from the May 17 episode of AEW Dynamite:
Christian Cage and Luchasaurus attacked TNT Champion Wardlow with a ladder, setting up Cage vs Wardlow in a ladder match at Double Or Nothing
Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy def. Big Bill & Lee Moriarty
Sammy Guevara def. Exodus Prime
Karen Jarrett appeared and helped Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh & Sonjay Dutt attack FTR
Toni Storm & Ruby Soho def. Hikaru Shida & Britt Baker
The 21-man Blackjack Battle Royal at Double Or Nothing for Orange Cassidy’s International Championship was announced
Tony Khan announced upcoming dates and locations for AEW Collision, but said the location of the premiere would be revealed next week
Roderick Strong def. Chris Jericho in a Falls Count Anywhere match thanks to help from Adam Cole
Jack Perry def. Rush
Darby Allin and Sammy Guevara ran out to help Perry when he was being attacked by Le Faccion Ingobernables
Jay White def. Ricky Starks via DQ when Starks used a steel chair that had been introduced by White’s partner Juice Robinson
Don Callis came to address turning on Kenny Omega, which turned into a big brawl between the Blackpool Combat Club and The Elite, including Adam Page returning and rejoining The Elite and setting up an Anarchy in the Arena match for Double Or Nothing
. @the_MJF looking frustrated heading into #AEW #DoubleOrNothing#AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/ow1reVPCzM
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 18, 2023
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