MJF: If You Took My Personality Away From Me, I’m Nobody. I’m Joey Janela

MJF knows where his strengths are. While some wrestling on the Independent scene search for a GIFable moment or try to trend with their in-ring performance, MJF is trying to make money. 

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, MJF discussed what makes him different than everyone else and why he remains, better than you. 

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“The funny thing about the independents is you got bookings based off of GIFs, the GIFs you see on Twitter. Someone doing a 759-30-splat-yada-yada, Darby’s coffin drops with the f---ing skateboard attached to his back, Orange Cassidy kicking people in the shins real slow, Jungle Boy doing flippity do-dahs and flippity-ays, the list goes on and on. I had a chuckle after my match with Jungle Boy when I saw everybody saying, ‘I had no idea MJF was such a great wrestler!’ Well, I knew. But why on earth would I put myself in a situation where I have to take these stupid moves? I’ll watch other matches and see moves and ask myself, ‘Why?’"

He continued, "I’m as old-school as it gets in this modern era. I’m the last of a dying breed. I didn’t care about GIFs. I didn’t care about making people go home happy. I didn’t care about people going, ‘Oh, my god, his work rate is absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to see his next five-star match.’ What I care about is making sure that when the people watching me put their head to their pillow, I’m the last thing they think about. Not because I hit the coolest moves, not because I’m putting my body on the line for their entertainment, but because I’m captivating. I do things my way. I don’t do things to make people happy or appease them. That’s what makes me different."

MJF did impress fans with his in-ring ability in a recent match against Jungle Boy. And even though he hasn't gotten a chance to showcase himself in the ring like others on the roster, he is confident that he can hang with anyone in any aspect. 

He later added, "There is nobody I can’t hang with in our company or in all of professional wrestling. No one can do what I do, and no one has my personality. If you took my personality away from me, I’m nobody. I’m Joey Janela, I’m Jungle Boy, I’m Luchasaurus. But I’m not reading off a script. This is me."

MJF is scheduled to face Cody at AEW Revolution on Saturday, Feb. 29. 

Fightful will have live coverage of AEW Revolution beginning at 7 p.m. ET. 

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