Wardlow is undoubtedly one of the more well-liked of the homegrown AEW stars. Mr. Mayhem made his AEW debut in 2019 and teamed up with MJF right away. For the first two years of his tenure, he served as the latter’s bodyguard. Both of them were featured members of The Pinnacle, but tensions between them increased until Wardlow finally turned on MJF at AEW Revolution in March 2022, where he assisted CM Punk in defeating The Salt of the Earth.

Following a lengthy rivalry, Wardlow beat MJF at AEW Double or Nothing. The winner of the Dynamite Diamond Ring then took a break from AEW. At All Out, when he triumphed in the Casino Ladder Match, MJF rejoined AEW. As a result, he won a chance to defend the world championship, which he will use at AEW Full Gear against Jon Moxley.

Wardlow stated clearly in an interview with ESPR that he won’t stand by if his former employer wins the AEW World Championship.

“I refuse to have MJF as the champion of my company. So if he ever does weasel his way to getting that title, I will quickly take it off of him.”


Since joining AEW, Wardlow has progressed a lot. He used to be a wrestler who was having trouble breaking through before he joined AEW, but now he is one of the company’s top stars. He talked about the circumstances around this opportunity during the same interview. Ward-Dog mentioned that, among other people, QT Marshall and Glacier Lloyd supported him in getting a foot in the door.

“I was jobless, broke, living at my mothers house in my old bedroom. [I was] taking a nap because I didn’t have anything else to do. I woke up and I had a missed call from QT Marshall. I wasn’t even fully awake yet and I’m calling the number back trying to clear my throat and get ready for this phone call. We ended up talking for an hour, and we had such a great connection. We both felt how passionate each other were about wrestling, and basically they had heard my name from a few different people all around the same time. Britt Baker came up with me in Pittsburgh, we were both a part of IWC, we started at the same time. Warrior Wrestling had a couple of people who contacted Cody [Rhodes] about me.

Then Glacier Lloyd, who’s affiliated with [The Nightmare Factory], he did a seminar at IWC and saw me work and said ‘Hey Cody, you might wanna take a look at this guy.’ Cody was like ‘Alright, I’ve heard this name Wardlow from like five different people. If he’ll fly himself to Atlanta, we’ll take a look at him.’ That was basically their challenge. I borrowed some money and booked a flight that night and then QT invited a complete stranger into his home and let me stay with him for three nights, him and his wife. I’ll never be able to thank him enough for that. Him and I worked in the ring for a few minutes in front of Cody and it only took three minutes and Cody offered me a deal.”

Wardlow recently shared his thoughts on the state of AEW’s locker room. Obviously, he has long way to go in Tony Khan’s company. Stay tuned to Ringside for the latest updates.

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