Chris Jericho has claimed that MJF “isn’t as good as he thinks he is” as the star’s contract stand-off with AEW continues.
MJF hasn’t appeared on AEW television since the June 1st edition of Dynamite when he cut a lengthy promo taking aim at fans, his co-workers and his boss AEW President Tony Khan.
As an ever more irate MJF screamed at Khan for being a “f*cking mark” and to fire him, his mic was cut and he exited through the crown as CM Punk arrived to confront him.
The segment came after the relationship between the star and Khan fell to another low point over the Double or Nothing weekend. Prior to the show, MJF missed a scheduled appearance at a fan-fest event and despite appearing in his match the following day, all was seemingly not well behind the scenes.
Tension had been building for a number of months after MJF appeared in an unauthorised interview and continued to openly court WWE, in an attempt to engineer a move away from AEW. To add further fuel to the fire, the star is also reportedly being paid four or five times less than a number of former WWE Superstars.
Speaking in a new interview with talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, MJF’s former rival Chris Jericho said that he hadn’t taken much interest in the situation as it didn’t involve him.
“After 30 years in this business I’ve learned if it doesn’t have anything to do with me I stay the hell out of it. I don’t really care,” Jericho said.
“If I had an angle with MJF or if I was involved in the contracts I’d be much more interested in it, but I stay out of it, it has nothing to do with me.”
Continuing on, the former AEW World Champion cautioned MJF over trying to negotiate a pay-rise while he already has a contract.
“Only thing I will say is a contract is a contract. If every athlete in every sport wanted to be paid more now, then what’s the point of having a contract, you know what I mean?
“We’ll see how it plays out. I’m happy with my contract and I know in a year-and-a-half when my contract is done, we’ll have some negotiations to discuss and that’s how it goes,” Jericho said of his own contract.
“Until then, I want to do the best performances that I can, put on the best shows and the best stories, keep the people interested happy and excited and when that contract is up, I’ll be rewarded for it.”
Jericho then claimed that the former leader of The Pinnacle isn’t as good as he thinks he is.
“MJF is 25 [actually 26]. He has a lot to learn. He’s not as good as he thinks he is and like I said, it really is nothing to do with me but I’m sure he’ll be back.
“18 months is a long time to stay at home and that’s Tony Khan’s prerogative. You’re under contract, you want to stay at home? You can stay at home and not get paid and that’s what happens.
“We see it happen in other companies and that’s just how it goes. If you didn’t expect that, then why did you sign your contract in the first place?”
“MJF is 25 [actually 26]. He has a lot to learn. He’s not as good as he thinks he is and like I said, it really is nothing to do with me but I’m sure he’ll be back.”
Chris Jericho was speaking ahead of his return to the UK in July for ‘The Jericho Chronicles’ tour with Inside The Ropes. The tour will hit Glasgow on Monday, 4 July, continue on Tuesday, 5 July in Belfast, Northern Ireland and conclude on Wednesday, 6 July in London.
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