Though Cody and MJF are engaged in a rivalry on-screen, Cody still sees big things ahead for MJF.
The former best friends turned bitter enemies may or may not have a match in the future, but as Co-Executive Vice President of AEW, Cody is giving MJF the platform to shine. On the Dec. 11 episode of AEW Dynamite, MJF revealed that he will face Cody, but only under certain conditions that will be named later. Thus far, MJF has received praise for his promo work on Dynamite, and at 23-years-old, Cody believes his former protege has all the tools to succeed.
"Max is really a special talent," Cody told TV Insider. "He is not the nicest guy. If you’re doing this interview with him, he always has some choice words. He is off our media list. Brandi [Rhodes] has taken him off our media list because he has upset a few folks, but he is definitely the future of pro wrestling. Now here is where push comes to shove. Here’s me who doesn’t want to give any inch on the role I’m in right now in this crazy kind of moment I’m having with these fans and supporting me. I wanted to keep that going."
Cody continued, "There’s him who doesn’t want to give an inch and wants to know everything and how he knows everything and has commitments to MJF. It’s the perfect match for a wrestling match. People will point things about the industry that are artificial so often that they don't do things that are very real. The best wrestling rivalries come when things are very real. We have gotten under each other’s skin. When you are challenging each other to be better in the ring. This is his time. He does have the platform, but if he doesn’t deliver, he won’t have the platform. At the moment he is continuing to deliver."
MJF is set to name his stipulations for a potential match against Cody on the Jan. 1 AEW Dynamite.
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