MJF has been wildly successful during his nearly two years in All Elite Wrestling, but it's not enough for him.
At AEW Full Gear 2020, MJF takes on Inner Circle leader Chris Jericho. If MJF wins their bout, he's in the Inner Circle. If he doesn't, not so much. One has to wonder what would even lead to MJF wanting to be a part of a group, after the dominant run that led him to a pristine singles record, minus one blemish.
It was that blemish.
"Yeah, it’s pretty obvious, Sean. If you look at what happened with Dictator Jon (Moxley), who cheated despicably, by using an illegal maneuver, I should be the AEW World Champion right now. The only reason why that didn’t happen is because I made a critical error. It is very clear that in order to be successful in All Elite Wrestling you need to be part of a group and or stable. There’s a lot of lines being drawn in the sand for that particular reason. I personally feel that right now I would be the AEW World Champion, if I had a group of people that would be willing to stand up for me on my behalf. That’s when it became very clear to me that I needed to be part of a group. What better group to be a part of than the best group, the best faction, the best stable, in not just AEW, but all of professional wrestling, being the Inner Circle. Also, me and Chris, we’re pretty much best friends. So it just makes sense," MJF explained.
MJF has won on his own, or at least with Wardlow by his side. We've seen power struggles in the past. The Rock and Faarooq in the Nation. Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash in the nWo. MJF didn't like it when I asked if he could end up leading the Inner Circle.
"This feels like you’re putting me into a corner here, and I don’t appreciate it. This is the type of stuff that I knew was going to come up. Because you’re that dirt sheet guy. You’re trying to make people say the wrong thing. But, I’m not going to here. I’m going to keep being professional. Unlike you, here, Sean. Me and Chris, I believe, we have a genuine bond. I believe that it’s more than, ‘We’re going to need a leader if I do join the group.’ I think, if anything, we understand that we are the two biggest stars in all of pro wrestling. Nobody can keep our names out of [their] mouth. After every single segment, there’s about a week’s worth until the next segment where people are only talking about us. Fact. I think we’re both fully aware that together we can accomplish an insane amount. So, I feel that, there’s not going to be a need of some sort of weird power struggle. I don’t think there’s going to be some weird uprising. I just think that we’re going to work together. That’s what I think," MJF specified.
You can see our full interview with MJF at the top of the page. He'll be taking on Chris Jericho at AEW Full Gear on November 7 at Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida.