MJF doesn’t seem to keep many friends, but Cody Rhodes is his best friend in the whole wide world. It looks like this brotherly bond will stay through AEW: Dynamite on TNT as well.
During the post-Dynamite media scrum, Maxwell Jacob Friedman was asked whether he would wrestle Cody Rhodes. He had a very long-winded reply as he compared his own story to one from the boxing world.
Long story short: MJF loves Cody Rhodes and doesn’t ever want to tangle with his best friend.
“Does anybody here follow boxing?” MJF asked aloud. “In boxing, there were two brothers and they were called the Klitschko brothers, has anybody heard of the Klitschko brothers? Now, Wladimir – I do believe it was Wladimir, they both have weird Russian names – was the World Heavyweight Champion at the time, and guess who the #1 contender was? Vitali, his brother. And do you know why that match never happened? Because they’re brothers and they love each other,” Friedman said. “I would never in a million years put my hands on my big brother. Ever! When I say I’m going to be the future face of this company, it is because the face of this company right now is Cody Rhodes. And once he’s done, then it’s my time to shine. It’s really that simple.
“I’ll put it this way: I am a shark and I have been swimming in a sea filled with minnows my entire life. It’s just a fact, since birth,” MJF continued. “Cody is also a shark, hell, Cody is a great white. And when he wants to eat, he gets to eat first. And I’m fine eating second; and I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there that our wondering to themselves, ‘Max, aren’t you hungry too? Don’t you want a bite to eat? I mean, aren’t you getting frustrated watching Cody get to eat before you over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over again?! No, no I’m not, because I love Cody.'”
All Elite Wrestling will continue telling their stories on TNT and it appears that MJF’s friendship with Cody Rhodes is just starting to get attention on a national level.
Perhaps someday AEW will book a feud between the two, but when it happens it will probably be a grudge match of epic proportions.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote