Tony Khan has refused to comment on the current speculation regarding the future of MJF as reports hint that he may be looking to leave the company.
While Maxwell Jacob Friedman dominating the news agenda is nothing new, this went to a whole new level over the Double or Nothing weekend.
On May 28th, the star missed a fan-fest event and was booked onto a plane heading out of Las Vegas. This led many to believe that he may not appear at Double or Nothing the following day. One report went as far as to say that MJF is unhappy in AEW, and wants to make more money. Furthermore he’s looking to move to WWE to secure that big contract.
Come Double or Nothing the ‘Salt of the Earth’ appeared as scheduled, and was duly demolished by Wardlow, leaving on a stretcher. Speaking during Fightful’s Double or Nothing review, Sean Ross Sapp said that MJF had claimed that “he showed up shortly before his match, left right after, and has a lot to think about.”
During the post-Double or Nothing media scrum, AEW President Tony Khan was asked about MJF and his current standing within the company, but refused to be drawn on the speculation.
“I’m not going to comment on that. I’ve got a lot of stuff from the pay-per-view that I can comment on, but I’m not going to comment on that,”
Although Khan remained tight-lipped about MJF, he was far more forthcoming when asked about recent comments made by Eric Bischoff regarding the success, or not, of CM Punk in AEW. Khan launched into an expletive-laden rant where he described the comments as “f*cking bullsh*t.”
At Double or Nothing, CM Punk was crowned AEW World Champion after defeating Hangman Adam Page in the main event.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.