Wardlow made his AEW debut by attacking Cody Rhodes in 2019. Mr. Mayhem aligned himself with The Pinnacle, becoming MJF’s bodyguard in the process. The big man, however, grew tired of Max’s antics after three years.
MJF made sure to make Wardlow’s life miserable and didn’t allow him to compete on multiple occasions. Wardlow betrayed MJF and costed him his match against CM Punk at AEW Revolution. This triggered the Pinnacle mastermind into making things worse for the big man.
The Ward-dog finally got his hands on MJF at Double or Nothing. The buildup, however, was overshadowed by contract negotiations between MJF and Tony Khan. MJF no-showed a fan fest ahead of Double or Nothing as well. He did show up for his match against Wardlow.
Wardlow recalled during a new interview with Stephanie Chase he wasn’t even sure he’d face Max at DoN, saying what was supposed to be his big night was ruined because of all the backstage drama.
“You know that should be considered the best night of my life, and it wasn’t. Everything that was going on with Max at the time, and then in my life personally, nothing was going right.
“It’s kind of sad that everything built up to this big night, and there’s was so much that ruined it. All the crap with Max and everything he was pooling… I showed up that day not knowing if I was wrestling.”
Wardlow is set to team up with FTR against Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns at All Out next Sunday. MJF, on the other hand, has been absent from AEW since his pipe bomb on the June 1, 2022, episode of Dynamite. He has gone radio silent since his hiatus as well, but is expected to return soon.
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