A former WWE writer has claimed that a recent AEW storyline was the best story in wrestling for the last ten years.
Since launching in 2019, AEW have provided fans with a number of acclaimed rivalries and storylines including, Britt Baker’s feud with Thunder Rosa, Hangman Adam Page’s quest to become World Champion, and Eddie Kingston’s rivalry with Chris Jericho.
However, actor and former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. has claimed that there is one storyline that stands head and shoulders above all others. Speaking on his Wrestling with Freddie podcast, Prinze Jr. explained that not only was the recent story between MJF and CM Punk the best in AEW, it was the best in all of professional wrestling for at least a decade.
“I do give AEW credit for the best wrestling story in over a decade with the MJF and CM Punk storyline,” Prinze Jr. said. “Which, if you haven’t seen it, I’m sure someone edited it together on YouTube, if not, AEW themselves and their social media and YouTube group, they cut together some pretty awesome stuff.”
The storyline between CM Punk and MJF began all of the way back in 2021, but didn’t really kick into gear until early 2022. The feud produced a number of memorable promo segments as the pair blurred the lines between fact and fiction, tearing into each other.
In the ring, MJF defeated Punk in his hometown of Chicago to hand the former WWE star his first loss in AEW, before the pair met at Revolution in a bloody Dog Collar Match. Again, the action in the ring drew praise from fans and fellow wrestlers alike.
After defeating MJF at Revolution, Punk went on to win the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing. However, a foot injury meant that he required surgery taking him out of action. With Punk gone, the company will crown a new Interim World Champion at Forbidden Door on June 26th.
As for MJF, he hasn’t been seen on AEW television since delivering an already famous ‘pipebomb’ on June 1st. Hinting at real-life issues behind the scenes, the Salt of the Earth hit out at fans, fellow wrestlers, and even AEW President Tony Khan, begging to be fired while calling him a “f*cking mark.”
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.