Wardlow has opened up about turning his back on MJF and how it felt to be embraced by the crowd at AEW Revolution.
March 6th 2022 currently stands as arguably the biggest night in the young career of AEW star Wardlow.
At AEW Revolution the star won the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match, guaranteeing himself a shot at the TNT Championship. From an in-ring perspective, this was the biggest accolade of his career to date. However, there were bigger things to come.
Leading into the event, Wardlow had been becoming increasingly dissatisfied with his role as MJF’s bodyguard, as the ‘Salt of the Earth’ often humiliated him on AEW television. Things came to a head during Revolution while MJF was locked in a blood-soaked battle with CM Punk.
As the match entered it’s final stanza, Wardlow made his way to ringside and placed MJF’s Dynamite Diamond Ring on the canvas, but crucially he placed it right next to CM Punk. Realising the significance of the moment, the crowd erupted as Mr Mayhem calmly walked back up the ramp.
On the following episode of Dynamite, Wardlow consolidated his babyface turn in a promo where he explained that he only worked for MJF in order to earn enough money to support his family, but now wanted to go out on his own.
Speaking exclusively to Inside The Ropes’ very own Kenny McIntosh, the star reflected on that famous night in Florida, while hinting that his turn might have come earlier if it wasn’t for the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You know, I think COVID played a big factor in a lot of things. I think COVID kind of hung up a lot of plans for a lot of people and maybe things should have happened at a different time. But then again, no. Everything has happened exactly how it was supposed to.
Trust me, there’s days where I think I should have slapped MJF a long time ago and gave him the middle finger. But I wouldn’t change a single thing at all. So I always had this feeling that when that time came, it would be a big deal. And you obviously, you hope and you pray for the proper response. However, that moment exceeded all of my wildest expectations.
You know, you question how to handle that moment and what is the proper, the true, proper way to handle that moment. And it was done perfectly.
And again, I can truly, honestly say there’s nothing I would have changed about that night, about that moment, and to hear the crowd’s reaction when I set that ring down in front of punk and turned around and walked away. The reaction from the fans as I walked away was and I think you could see it in my walk. I was feeling a certain way.”
At AEW Double or Nothing Wardlow will finally meet MJF in the ring. Should the powerhouse score the win, he will be free of his obligations to the former leader of The Pinnacle. However, if he loses he will be unable to sign any kind of contract with AEW.
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