AEW’s MJF was a guest recently on the Talk is Jericho podcast and spoke about what he thinks he brings to the roster and what it is that “creates cash”.
“There is a lot of guys on our roster that can do their ‘flippy do’s,’ and their cool little moves and that’s cute,” MJF explained.
“That doesn’t create cash. What creates cash is controversy, what creates cash is characters. When I say characters, I’m not saying I’m portraying anyone, because I’m being myself 110 percent of the time. When I say characters, I say someone that creates intrigue, someone that takes you to the edge of your seat, that you have to listen to,” he elaborates.
MJF takes pride in adapting a style that takes from the old school era of professional wrestling, something that’s not really seen in young stars today. It’s his love for the “old school” that he believes is what captivates the crowd and gives him an edge over his competitors.
“When I was growing up, I was a huge fan of the characters,” MJF said. “I was always drawn to the characters, the people who could grab me by the balls with a mic in their hand.”
“I love old school wrestling. I watch Smokey Mountain, old school WCW tapes, Mid-South, AWA, Global, I watch all of it. Because to me, that is when everyone got it, that is when everyone understood how we are supposed to do what we do. But, it makes my life easier, everyone is out there breaking their necks, getting CTE and I’m making a chunk of cash by just being me,” he said.