MJF has been touted as one of the defining heels of the current generation of pro wrestlers and it is not hard to understand why. He is also the AEW World Champion and is respected by many veterans, including Ric Flair. In fact, Ric Flair believes MJF has the potential to be the next Randy Orton.

As previously reported, MJF was legitimately injured after AEW Full Gear. It was noted that he suffered dislocated hip and his shoulder was banged up as well. In addition to that, MJF has been working through a torn labrum injury.

The Salt of The Earth has been the AEW World Champion for well over a year now. He is truly a student of the game and respects all the veterans who came before him, especially WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.

While speaking to The Wrestling Classic, The Nature Boy talked about MFJ’s progress in professional wrestling. Ric Flair noted that he stated that he believes MJF will be the next Randy Orton in the future.


Well number one, I think he’s (MJF) actually — he comes across as confident in real life as he comes across with his confidence in the ring and he’s got a good interview, he’s got a great look, he worked hard. I think he’s got the confidence in real life that he portrays on TV and I think the future is unlimited for him and he’s really good. He could be the next Randy Orton. That’s about as high a praise as I can give him.”

We will have to wait and see whether MJF will be ready in time for the Worlds End pay-per-view on December 30th, where he will defend his AEW World Championship against Samoa Joe.

What do you think of what Ric Flair had to say? Do you feel MJF will be the next Randy Orton? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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