MJF has been touted as one of the defining heels of the current generation of pro wrestlers and it is not difficult to understand why. MJF became huge star in AEW in a short time and since then has consistently delivered in his feuds. He also made an interesting claim about his AEW contract recently.
The Salt of the Earth buys his own hype in a huge way and for the most part, he backs up everything he says inside the squared circle. As such, MJF is more than aware of how valuable he is to a pro wrestling company.
While speaking to Ariel Helwani, MJF made it clear that he will not be re-signing with AEW until his current contract with the company expires. This is because he wants to test free agency as well.
“When you’re as talented and over and as much of a draw as me, if I want to, I could bite all of Tony Khan’s fingers. He knows where his bread is buttered. If that offended somebody in the locker room, and I know it does, oh well. Cry about it. Get more over than me. Oh wait, that’s right, you can’t. I’m literally the best talker in the history of the business, I’m one of the best wrestlers in the history of the business, bell to bell, because I don’t just spam moves like I’m in a video game, no, I make people feel something because I’m going out there to win.”
“I’m not going out there to show off, I’m not going out there to try and make sure I get all these people talking about my star ratings. If that happens and it’s a byproduct of what I do, fantastic. I didn’t get in this business to hit moves, I got into this business to make money. That’s why I’m not afraid to talk about when my contract is up, January 1, 2024, and I’m not afraid to stir that pot. it’s a constant reminder to Tony Khan, ‘I need to step my game up,’ and it’s a constant reminder to WWE, who has extreme interest in me, ‘We’re going to need to make him a serious offer that he can’t refuse.'”
“I’m not signing sh*t. No shot. It’s not a test if you know you’re going to win. I got the cheat code. I got the answers on a piece of paper. No, that’s not something I consider, unless the number was absolutely astronomical, but even then, I’m not sure I consider it.”
MJF also previously said that he is confident WWE will do everything they can in order to sign him once he becomes free agent. For the time being, MJF is focused on working in AEW so that is what matters right now.
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