Everyone loves new AEW Tag Workforce champions The Acclaimed. You realize who else an entire lot of individuals love?
Maxwell Jacob Friedman.
That was on show final night time (Sept. 21) at Dynamite Grand Slam in Queens, New York. MJF was a serious focus of the present, first with in-arena interview after which as an spectator in the principle occasion.
Certain, we had been in MJF territory. AEW’s been within the nice state of New York since Friedman’s return at All Out, so being a regional favourite is definitely an element right here. And in Buffalo and Albany, like NYV, Max was in a position to generate some warmth earlier than his segments had been over.
However it’s taking a whole lot of work. This week that concerned, amongst different issues, “cucking” the group (and calling Blackpool Fight Membership the “Blackpool Cuckold Membership”), mentioning Bryan Danielson’s mind harm & William Regal’s dependancy, and attacking Tony Schiavone.
That final bit is basically the one factor that bought the Arthur Ashe crowd to actually boo MJF. And if he’d adopted it up by vowing to change into the following AEW World champ, I guess we might have heard a pop.
(Credit score to Wheeler Yuta for doing fairly effectively in a tricky spot right here. His supply continues to be too “I’m do-ing a wrestle-ing pro-mo” for my tastes, however he didn’t get flustered in opposition to some of the assured & gifted talkers within the recreation with a crowd that wasn’t behind him regardless of his babyface character.)
Is there something mistaken with MJF persevering with to play the heel when followers wish to cheer him? Not likely. The “final sincere man in wrestling” method he’s taken since his return leaves them out ought to it utterly fail to work within the months forward. New World champ Jon Moxley, who he’ll problem at some point due to his On line casino Ladder Match chip, makes an ideal foil for him. Their dynamic works higher with Friedman because the villain.
Brace your self for pictures at Mox’s troubled upbringing, his journey to rehab final 12 months, and doubtless even a couple of strays despatched in Renee & Nora’s path. As a result of Tony Khan, Chris Jericho & MJF himself aren’t mistaken — persons are excited to see the Salt of the Earth again atop Dynamite, they usually’re gonna cheer about it.
Tell us what you suppose, and take a look at the remainder of the highlights from final night time’s Dynamite. AEW really has movies from all of final night time’s in-arena segments on-line already (yay, Grand Slam!). However we’ve nonetheless a Twitter clips of the backstage and pre-tape moments beneath that playlist.
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