MJF will tell you that he's better you, and you know it. That's the kind of confidence that's led to Maxwell Jacob Friedman becoming one of the business' top heels at the age of 24.
Ahead of his match with fellow rising star Jungle Boy at AEW Double or Nothing, MJF took part in a media call with B/R Live on Instagram, discussing the bout. After uncharacteristically praising Jungle Boy as an "incredible competitor", MJF asserted that his superiority will ensure him victory on Saturday night.
He went on to say, "There are a lot of people, and it's laughable to me, that I'll see on the Internet, they'll go, 'Man, MJF, he's such a great talker, but he's such a jerk. He's not trying out there. He's not wrestling as hard as the rest of the guys.' Why work harder when you can work smarter? You can look up my matches when I was on the independent scene. I could do moonsaults, 450s, Fosbury Flops, you name it. All of it, I could do all of it. Then I realized something: was I doing that to get the win, or was I doing that to try to impress people?
“I was doing it because I *thought* it was helping me try to win. But deep down, it really was [because] I was trying to impress the marks. Once I realized that it had no benefit to me, I stopped. I'm a superior athlete to everybody in the AEW locker room. That includes your PACs, your Fenixs, your Orange Cassidys. I'm a freak athlete. But me doing a cool little 'flippity-doo-dah flippity-day' isn't going to get me the winner's purse. That's why I'm going to beat Jungle Boy."
(Credit to Fightful for transcription)