MJF has explained why he doesn’t wrestle as often as other AEW stars such as CM Punk and Bryan Danielson, comparing himself to Andre The Giant.
While some wrestlers prefer to climb into the ring at every opportunity, MJF takes a very different approach, having wrestled only 14 times so far in 2021. By comparison, Bryan Danielson has wrestled 34 times despite not competing for five months through the middle of the year.
During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, MJF explained that he prefers to wrestle only when the situation requires, rather than trying to impress AEW’s fanbase. The Long Island native went on to say that he’s an attraction, much like WWE icon Andre The Giant.
“Here’s the deal, I only wrestle when it behoves me to wrestle. I find that a lot of guys on the AEW roster are wrestling because they feel they need to impress our fanbase. I don’t have to impress anybody, everybody is already impressed by me. You’re impressed by me the second my music hits. There’s a reason that when my music hits, I get one of the loudest reactions, positive or negative, in all of wrestling. I don’t have to wrestle every single week to make people feel that way to get people excited about me. I’m an attraction. I’m Andre The Giant,”
After defeating Darby Allin in a critically acclaimed bout at Full Gear, MJF has begun a rivalry with CM Punk. On the most recent episode of Dynamite, Punk was in action against Lee Moriarty, while MJF did the honours on commentary. During the match and then in a fiery promo following the action, MJF suggested that Punk should have been able to dispatch his opponent much more easily.
The star continued by saying that he’s in Punk’s head, because he knows that he’s right.
“I’ve already gotten into CM Punk’s head because what I said is true,”
“Is CM Punk undefeated in AEW? Yes. Is that impressive? Absolutely, but I’m waiting for the CM punk of old. I’m waiting for that flicker to switch behind his eyes so I can see the CM Punk of old that I grew up with. Hopefully, I get it. I want it to come out. I was on commentary for him vs. Lee Moriarty. Lee Moriarty is one of the greatest upcoming talents we have to offer on our roster, but he shouldn’t be on CM Punk’s level. CM Punk was struggling against that kid. It’s very interesting and I think it’s all because I’m in his head.”
MJF will be back in action on the December 8th edition of Dynamite when he takes part in the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royale.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.