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MJF Recalls His Earliest Wrestling Memory

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MJF has discussed his earliest memory of wrestling and says it was love at first sight when he first caught a glimpse of his future career.

Since joining AEW at the inception of the company, MJF has been the fastest rising star in all of professional wrestling. With major feuds – and victories – against the likes of Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho, and CM Punk, the Long Island native is writing his name among pro wrestling’s elite.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani MJF harkened back to his discovery of wrestling and says the first match he ever watched “absolutely floored” him – but it did a lot worse to Mick Foley:

“The way I got introduced to pro wrestling, and I was about four [years old] at the time, I was over at my uncle’s house. It was a family get together at his beautiful, luxurious home. On the TV, it was Friday night, so there was SmackDown. I didn’t know it was SmackDown at the time.”

“I’m getting a glimpse of what this stuff is and I’m just in absolute awe. I don’t remember exactly what I was watching but I was just in awe of these monstrous titans. I remember looking at my father as we went home and I was like ‘I just need to see more of this.’”

“So he took me to a Hollywood Video when I was very young and I grabbed just a bunch of DVDs and there was one guy in particular who looked like a zombie and his hand was reaching out in the front. At the time, I didn’t know it was The Undertaker. So I bring that home and I put in the DVD and I read the back and on the back, it says Hell In A Cell match. So the first match I ever watched, I think I was four turning five, was Mankind vs. The Undertaker in a Hell In A Cell match and I was absolutely floored.”

So at least now we all know where MJF got the idea to throw Chris Jericho off of the cage back at Blood and Guts in 2021.

h/t Fightful