Stokely Hathaway remains one of the mainstays of AEW television ever since he debut back in Double Or Nothing last year. He has been part of numerous major storylines in the past year and that includes even MJF’s return at All Out last year. Now it appears Hathaway claimed he could’ve called off the ladder without rehearsing the major spot at All Out.

At the now-infamous All Out pay-per-view last year, the Casino Ladder match took place to determine the next challenge for the AEW World Championship. It was there that MJF made his long-awaited return after a long hiatus from AEW television.

MJF was affiliated with The Firm with the move, but Stokely Hathaway also played a major role in the match. After all, it was Stokely who climbed up the ladder and grabbed the chip for MJF.

While speaking on the Talk is Jericho podcast, Stokely Hathaway talked about the aforementioned ladder spot at AEW All Out and how AEW officials thought it was “crazy” that he wanted to rehearse the spot. Hathaway claimed that he could have fallen off the ladder had he not rehearsed it beforehand.


“I won’t lie, I would say the biggest thing that I was concerned with is actually climbing the ladder. I never done anything like that before.

So basically it was the beatdown with everyone from The Firm surrounding the ring and then Ethan Page, I pretty much begged him, ‘hey, you have to hold this ladder for me’. He held the ladder, I climbed up and grabbed the chip.

So, I’d say like maybe few hours before the pay-per-view, I went up to George and said, ‘hey, can we please have a rehearsal’, they thought that was crazy.

I’m glad we did, because there was special way to that I had to prop my knees and legs on the ladder to not tip over, because there was a giant chain holding the chip.

So If I would have accidently pushed it or moved different way I would have fallen off the ladder.”

The Firm would remain in partnership with MJF for a while until they eventually turned on him last year. The Firm remains one of the best things about AEW television right now and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

What’s your take on what Stokely Hathaway said? Did you enjoy his spot at AEW All Out? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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