Tony Khan doesn't mind that MJF's contract issues are playing out on screen.
If you've listened to any MJF promo within the past couple of months, you've noticed that the 26 year old seemingly cannot stop fantasizing about the first day of 2024, a.k.a the day his contract with All Elite Wrestling will expire. MJF has threatened to jump ship to rival promotion WWE if he doesn't get one of the biggest contracts in wrestling history from Tony Khan.
As first reported by Fightful Select, these issues aren't actually just in storyline as MJF is actually frustrated with his current contractual situation. Despite this being a very real issue, Tony Khan doesn't seem to mind that real life situations are playing out in television storylines.
Speaking on today's AEW Double Or Nothing Media Call, Khan noted that he thinks wrestling is best when it mixes with real life issues.
"Wrestling thrives when real life meets on-screen. The real-life conflict is often just as exciting as any conflict on-screen, which is one of the good things about what AEW has brought to the wrestling business. There was no real, major free agent market with the top stars crossing promotions, debuting, and frankly the competition needed to be brought to the biggest stage. With the 90s, we had TBS and TNT in the wrestling game. With the launch of AEW, we’ve been able to bring that back. Taking what is happening in real with potential movement and contract negotiations is exciting. Adding another element to what will be a very exciting match at Double or Nothing with Wardlow and MJF, who has been very vocal, not only about his own contract but about his former bodyguard and how he feels and he’s tried to hold down his career. For Wardlow, this is a huge opportunity to officially be part of AEW and to shed an image that he’s just MJF’s heavy and MJF’s thug. For MJF, it’s been a great opportunity to not only air some real-life grievances and air his actual status, contractually or otherwise. People are really excited about the fight at Double or Nothing on Sunday."
Fightful Select also reported the details of a heated discussion between MJF and Tony Khan. To see those details, click here.
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