MJF hasn’t been seen in AEW since the post-Double or Nothing broadcast of Dynamite – and Booker T may know the reason why!
‘The Salt of the Earth’ has been established as one of the top AEW stars since the company’s inauguration in 2019 but now, he’s on a sabbatical from the promotion. Booker T has now come forward to explain why he thinks this is the case, linking his absence to the recent reports surrounding CM Punk.
Discussing the situation on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T claimed that it’s not about wrestling for CM Punk; instead, it’s about being in the “right situation”:
“I’m not surprised. I’ve been in the locker room with him [CM Punk]. Everything that we’re hearing in the news right now on social media, I’m not surprised one bit. I know the fans really love CM Punk. They got some kind of love affair with this guy. I’ve said it before that CM Punk has that ability to make fans feel a certain way about him, and those fans have followed him forever.
It was on that eight-year ride, that eight-year hiatus waiting on him and holding on to that hope that he will come back. Finally, he comes back, and now we see that it’s not about the wrestling. Let’s just say that. It’s not about wrestling at all. It’s about being in the right situation.”
Booker T continued, stating how MJF finds himself in a similar scenario:
“If Tony can let him have that, great. It’s fine and dandy for CM Punk. But I’ll tell you right now, there’s a reason why we haven’t seen MJF. He falls under the same umbrella as far as, ‘Man, to hell with that. I’m one guy that doesn’t have to take it’. You know what I mean?
And I’m gonna tell you right now, it’s gonna be a whole lot more like that. You know, my homie, my good friend, Goldie, put out a tweet, he said, ‘People that don’t want to be here, they should just leave.’ I get it. I’m sure it’s a lot of people talking like that now because it’s not going to always be roses in a situation like this in this wrestling business. That’s just the way it is, unfortunately.”
MJF hasn’t wrestled since May’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view, losing to former bodyguard Wardlow. That weekend, however, reports circulated of him possibly not even showing up to the event at all, which followed similar allegations of a strained working relationship between MJF and Tony Khan.
As for CM Punk, the current AEW World Champion’s return to programming has been overshadowed by news of his “shoot” directed at Adam Page on Dynamite. Punk called out Page, who no-showed, in what is believed to have been a legitimate promo from ‘The Best in the World’.
CM Punk and MJF are currently 1-1 together in AEW, with the first encounter being won by Maxwell Jacob Friedman on Dynamite’s 2 February broadcast, and the rematch – contested as a Dog Collar match – seeing CM Punk come out on top at Revolution.