MJF was brought into AEW thanks to Cody Rhodes. He realized the potential that Maxwell Jacob Friedman has. It didn’t take Friedman very long at all to turn on Rhodes.
TV Insider recently spoke to Cody Rhodes when MJF came up in the conversation. He praised The Salt Of The Earth for being a “special talent.” Then he went on to explain how their feud is something perfect that can go on to help define AEW due to how real it’s getting.
“Max is really a special talent. He is not the nicest guy. If you’re doing this interview with him, he always has some choice words. He is off our media list. Brandi [Rhodes] has taken him off our media list because he has upset a few folks, but he is definitely the future of pro wrestling. Now here is where push comes to shove. Here’s me who doesn’t want to give any inch on the role I’m in right now in this crazy kind of moment I’m having with these fans and supporting me.”
“I wanted to keep that going. There’s him who doesn’t want to give an inch and wants to know everything and how he knows everything and has commitments to MJF. It’s the perfect match for a wrestling match. People will point things about the industry that are artificial so often that they don’t do things that are very real.”
“The best wrestling rivalries come when things are very real. We have gotten under each other’s skin. When you are challenging each other to be better in the ring. This is his time. He does have the platform, but if he doesn’t deliver, he won’t have the platform. At the moment he is continuing to deliver.”
The best pro wrestling feuds do blur the line between real and worked. We’ll have to to see what’s next for AEW as Dynamite continues. Odds are Cody Rhodes will figure out some way to get the match he wants against MJF eventually.