MJF on Opportunities in AEW, Feuding with Chris Jericho

May 30, 2021

MJF was recently interviewed by PWInsider ahead of the match between the Pinnacle and The Inner Circle taking place Sunday Night at Double or Nothing.

MJF discussed how he is doing ahead of Double or Nothing:

“I’m great. Obviously, I’m great. I’m the greatest of all time after defeating Chris Jericho, not once, but twice. I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to this because, quite frankly, I am so sick and tired of The Inner Circle and I say deep down, everybody is. We beat them clean at ‘Blood & Guts.’ I’ve beaten Chris Jericho clean, smack dab in the middle of the ring at Full Gear, and we’re going to beat them clean again, except this time, they’re not going to be able to come back up, annoy us and pester us. No, no. This time, they will have to break up forever, and it’s going to be, oh so sweet.”

MJF also spoke on having a lot of opportunities in AEW:

“No, no, no. Mike. Mike, for the love of God, taken them. I’ve taken every single opportunity. From the jump, I was not supposed to be, and I hate to say this, because I think I’m a salt of the earth guy, but I was not supposed to be the quote-unquote ‘number one villain’ in professional wrestling. That was not my spot to have. That was for the EVP’s. That was for the friends of the EVPs. That was not the old MJF. But what happened was, is I forced their hand. They had absolutely no choice. The first time you saw me on AEW programming, they handed me a microphone. They said, ‘Kid, if you’re so great, you keep flapping your gums on the back, and you’re so great, how about you cut a promo on Bret Hart and hang man out of page, in front of a sold-out crowd?’ Deal. And then, I walked out there, and I cut one of the greatest promos in the history of professional wrestling, and I was just getting started. And that’s when everybody said, ‘Oh, shit. He’s going to take my spot.’ And then, I did. That’s why I’m already a legend at 25. That’s why I’m already the greatest of all time. So no, I did not get an opportunity. I took an opportunity, Mike.”

MJF discussed tagging with Chris Jericho and facing Jericho:

“Look, I’m not going to lie here. I grew up idolizing Chris Jericho. Chris Jericho was a God to me, and being able to have tagged with him for as long as I did meant the world. I was able to learn from him. Whether he wanted me to or not, I would take his lane. I was able to learn from Chris Jericho. But if I’m being completely blunt, the tables have turned a little bit, where at first, it was a big-time, amazing, spectacular thing for me to be able to share the ring with Christopher. Now, it’s a big-time, spectacular thing for him to be able to share the ring with me because I’m the hottest thing going in professional wrestling. It was Chris. It was Chris for 30-plus years. Now, it’s MJF. So if anything, I think the real question is ‘Why do you keep allowing Chris Jericho to share the spotlight with you, MJF?’ And my answer is, because I’m a saltier type of guy.”

Credit to PWInsider and H/T to 411Mania for the transcription.

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