MJF saw a dead man and knew he wanted to become a pro wrestler.
Since he was young, MJF had dreams of wrestling or singing. He was able to accomplish both in the world of wrestling, becoming a television star thanks to AEW.
How did MJF initially get hooked on wrestling?
"I just grew up loving it," MJF said in an interview with Peter Schwartz on Schwartz On Sports "What occurred was, I was at a house party at my Uncle Allen's and he had wrestling playing on the TV. I believe it was a Friday night, maybe SmackDown, and I was enamored by it, but I didn't really get to sit down and watch a match in full because, at the time, I was so young and I was gum smacked by how larger than life these individuals were. I went home and immediately told my dad to take me to Hollywood Videos, which does not exist anymore, thanks Netflix. I found a wrestling DVD and in front of it was this guy that looked like a Zombie. I didn't know at the time that it was The Undertaker. I flipped the disc and it said Hell in a Cell, Undertaker vs. Mankind. The first match I watched in full was Undertaker vs. Mankind and I thought to myself, first of all, there is no way I would have let the schmuck throw me off the top of the cage. Immediately, at five years old, I'm going, 'I could beat this guy' and that's when I knew. Quite frankly, I'm probably right."
MJF continued by referencing his return to Long Island for AEW Dynamite on Wednesday.
"The beautiful thing is, what makes this all full circle, where is Mick Foley from? [Long Island]. Mrs. Friedman's baby boy is coming back home. Although I hate that woman, she's disgusting. Still, I'm coming back home, no thanks to my gross mother, but I am coming back home," he said.
MJF will compete in the Dynamind Diamond Battle Royale on Wednesday. He is the two-time reigning and defending Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion.
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