A new report sheds light on whether or not Vince McMahon is interested in signing MJF in light of recent issues with AEW.
For a number of months, MJF has called on-screen attention to the fact that his contract with AEW is set to expire in 2024 and has expressed public dissatisfaction with the company. AEW President Tony Khan recently spoke to Inside the Ropes’ Kenny McIntosh during a media call and praised the star for adding an element of realism to television, but the scarf-wearing superstar responded harshly to that praise in a now-deleted tweet.
MJF has also called attention to the situation off-screen, confirming that he’d join WWE if the price is right.
In a new report on PWTorchVIP.com, Wade Keller spoke about the situation and detailed WWE’s reaction to the brewing tension between Maxwell Jacob Friedman and his current employer, noting that the company is very interested in making him a top talent, and that Friedman himself is watching the treatment of Cody Rhodes on WWE TV to get an indication of how he would be treated there.
“A source within WWE with knowledge of MJF’s stature among top WWE management indicates MJF is coveted and would likely be given a lucrative contract offer. In fact, it’s more than one source giving me information that with a big overlap on this. More than one source says that the treatment Cody has received by WWE on and off-air has given MJF a good impression of how he’d be featured in WWE if he were to make the jump.
“In other words, if Cody was buried or was given promises that were kept, maybe MJF would be handling this differently.”
Wade Keller continued, saying that unlike many of his current co-workers who dreamed of wrestling all over the world, Friedman grew up as a fan of WWE and that has always been his goal. He also reported that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s interest in the talent his high despite any ongoing issues with AEW, though a public falling out could hurt his reputation.
“One source in WWE told me that MJF is seen as such a commodity that his recent and tractable behavior on and off-air with AEW wouldn’t deter Vince McMahon from making him a lucrative offer. Although a falling out with AEW could take away considerable leverage for MJF, MJF’s value to WWE would remain high. They need people. He’s young, he’s good, and he’d be paid accordingly, regardless of his reputation in AEW.
“Now maybe that changes a little bit with the headache that Vince McMahon feels Sasha Banks and Naomi put him through, but maybe not. But his reputation, in general, might take a blow if details about his latest interactions with Khan and AEW reflect poorly on his professionalism.”
It was also noted that Wade Keller doubts WWE would take the step of sending the star an illegal contract offer while he’s still employed by AEW.
Keller also provided information about the source of tension between the two parties, noting that Friedman has become increasingly upset at his contract status when ex-WWE employees are making 4-5 times as much money as him, including some performers who are less featured on television. The relationship between Friedman and Tony Khan is reportedly “fractured” after increasing frustration.
For what it’s worth, the Dynamite Diamond Ring winner has been spotted in Los Angeles ahead of AEW’s debut there on Wednesday, though there is no word on whether or not he’ll appear on Dynamite.
h/t WrestlingNews.co for the transcription