Chris Jericho: MJF Is Not As Good As He Thinks He Is
Chris Jericho addresses MJF's current AEW status
Chris Jericho has taken aim at MJF in a recent interview, saying the three-time Dynamite Diamond Ring winner is not as good as he thinks he is.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman has not appeared in All Elite Wrestling since the post-Double Or Nothing episode of Dynamite when he cut a pipe bomb promo and demanded Tony Khan fire him. This came after a Double Or Nothing weekend in which MJF's frustrations with his AEW contract came to a head and The Salt Of The Earth no-showed the Double Or Nothing Fan Fest on Saturday. Reports also noted a flight was booked for Friedman to leave Las Vegas but he ultimately remained in the area and he lost to Wardlow at the Double Or Nothing pay-per-view on May 29.
Many believe that MJF no-showing the Fan Fest was a shoot and the situation has since developed into a work between MJF and Tony Khan.
Chris Jericho commented on the situation while speaking to talkSPORT and the former AEW World Champion took a shot at his former on-screen rival.
"After 30 years in this business, I've learned if it doesn't have anything to do with me I stay the hell out of it. I don't really care. If I had an angle with MJF or if I was involved in the contracts I'd be much more interested in it, but I stay out of it, it has nothing to do with me. Only thing I will say is a contract is a contract. If every athlete in every sport wanted to be paid more now, then what's the point of having a contract, you know what I mean?" Chris Jericho began.
"We'll see how it plays out. I'm happy with my contract and I know in a year-and-a-half when my contract is done, we'll have some negotiations to discuss and that's how it goes. Until then, I want to do the best performances that I can, put on the best shows and the best stories, keep the people interested happy and excited and when that contract is up, I'll be rewarded for it," he continued.
"MJF is 25 [actually 26]. He has a lot to learn. He's not as good as he thinks he is and like I said, it really is nothing to do with me but I'm sure he'll be back. 18 months is a long time to stay at home and that's Tony Khan's prerogative. You're under contract, you want to stay at home? You can stay at home and not get paid and that's what happens. We see it happen in other companies and that's just how it goes. If you didn't expect that, then why did you sign your contract in the first place?"
Jericho also agreed that MJF's gimmick would be watered down in WWE before he noted that AEW would move on if Friedman exited the company.
"Oh absolutely [his character would be watered down in WWE]. He's better off staying in AEW. But, again, don't stick your finger in the light socket. You tell a little kid not to do that and they're going to do it to see what happens. I'm not going to tell anybody not to go elsewhere because I did it. I did it for years. I did it to come to AEW. I walked away from WWE. When I signed my AEW contract, Vince McMahon said 'Can you get out of it?' - No, you told me to go here! Same thing happened when I left WCW to come to WWE. Sometimes you got to take a chance and if you believe in yourself and you feel you aren't getting your dues, then you gotta go elsewhere," Jericho added.
"So if Max, or Cody [Rhodes], if they want to go elsewhere, that's kind of the way it goes. That's pro sports and that's what pro wrestling is. It happens in the NFL, in the NHL, the Premier League - guys come and go. You got to have the best team possible with people that want to be there and if you don't want to be there, it's just not going to be conducive to your own performance anyways," the former AEW World Champion said.
"Much to people's surprise, wrestling is a team. We are a team and everyone on the team has to swim in the right direction. If you're not, you got to make some changes and it happens every single year in every company. There's never been a guy bigger than the company from Hulk Hogan to Bret Hart to Shawn Michaels to John Cena to Cody Rhodes. Who even remembers that Cody was in AEW? It was a pretty big deal when he left, but now it's like we've all moved on. Good for him, good for us and now let's get to the next chapter."