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For Good or Ill, Shoot Promos Will Always Have a Place in Wrestling

Pro wrestling is, of course, not like other genres of entertainment, with there being numerous differences, large and small, that dictate what does and doesn’t work within its confines. Since pro wrestling is, within the body of its programming, portrayed as a legitimate sporting event, it’s not quite “real enough”…

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In Wrestling, Endings Don’t Get Better Than MJF vs. Wardlow

Think about your favorite pro wrestling rivalry. There are a lot of truly beloved ones in wrestling history. Just pick one, keep it in your mind and follow it as far as you can down the timeline to when it ends. I don’t just mean the climax of the feud…

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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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78 Degrees of Wrestling: The Major Arcana of AEW (Part III: The Soul of Reason)

XV. The Devil: MJF Another obvious corollary; is there any figure in AEW more contemptible than Maxwell Jacob Friedman? And yet, there are many captivated by his spell. For starters, I must begrudgingly admit he’s a good pro wrestler—so good to the point where there are actually people out there…

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Join Us: Every AEW Faction Ranked

AEW is chockablock with various stables, from high-profile units like The Elite to lowly units like The Wingmen. This could be a daunting hurdle for new AEW fans, so I have not only summarized each group, but I have ranked them. For this list, I am considering any group of…

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MJF’s Promo on CM Punk Was Mid

I’m disappointed in MJF. Honestly, I feel that way about half the time that I’m watching any MJF promo. It’s clear to see that there’s a spark of talent there that could be great. He has a baseline ability to deliver his lines in a way that’s clear, expressive, and…

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MJF Constantly Adjusting His Jock at Full Gear: A Review

Depending on the kind of wrestling you enjoy, AEW Full Gear 2021’s opening contest, Darby Allin vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman, was somewhere between “pretty good” and “fantastic.” I was somewhere towards the middle of the spectrum on the “pretty good” side of things—the action was good, but I found myself…

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Maxwell Jacob Friedman Is Every City’s Worst Enemy

MJF and I go way back. We were Little League baseball teammates and summer sleepaway camp bunk buddies. We studied Hebrew under the same cantor and, when we earned good grades, we got to take the train into New York City. We grew up in the shadow of the Big…

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In Emulating the Four Horsemen, The Pinnacle Hasn’t Come Together Yet

Tonight, Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle and MJF’s Pinnacle meet in a Stadium Stampede match that will determine, among other things, whether or not the Inner Circle continues as a going concern in All Elite Wrestling. It is just the third time these two factions have met in the ring since…

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