Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s Future Is as (Un)limited as the Wrestling Heel Itself

It has never been harder to be a heel in pro wrestling. Okay, maybe not in terms of life outside the ring — wrestlers no longer regularly deal with fans slashing their tires, throwing urine, and pulling guns on them. But in terms of accomplishing their in-ring job? Getting their…

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MJF Being Treated After Getting Wrecked at AEW Double or Nothing 2022: A (Medical) Review

I’ll admit it right now: I don’t know much about professional wrestling outside of the lessons I learned from LB during our glorious Fanfyte podcast days, and the bits and pieces I pick up from our incredible Fanfyte editor, Colette Arrand. But this weekend, Fanbyte staffers sent me images from…

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MJF’s Potential Absence from Double or Nothing Is, at Worst, an Inconvenience

Yesterday, MJF no-showed AEW’s Double or Nothing Fan Fest. This marked the beginning of a sprawling network of good reporting, fan and wrestling journalist speculation, complaints that MJF had deprived fans of a promised opportunity for an autograph, too many tweets about whether or not this was a work or…

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MJF Whipping Wardlow: A Review

Last night on Dynamite, Maxwell Jacob Friedman whipped Wardlow a little north of 10 times. It ruled. The last time MJF whipped somebody, his victim was Cody Rhodes. Back then, there was a two-fold objective: show off Cody’s new neck tattoo, and establish the fact that Cody would preserver anything…

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Did THAT MJF Promo Make You Uncomfortable? Good. It Was Supposed To.

On Wednesday night, at the AEW Dynamite and Rampage taping in Bridgeport, Connecticut, MJF did something different. “[I]n their hands, they’re holding rolls of quarters,” he said (transcription h/t CageMatch.net user Rocky7), describing his then-new football teammates he expected to become his new friends while in his tweens. “And all…

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Between the Bells, CM Punk and MJF Got It Right

It’s been a rocky road getting here. I’ve written before about how I didn’t love the much-lauded CM Punk/MJF promo from last year, but what I failed to mention was how effective I found the opening angle to the entire rivalry to be. Punk brushing off MJF felt like the…

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