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MJF has created a buzz in All Elite Wrestling since the first time he spoke about his free agency in 2024, and that escalated to new levels this past Wednesday on “Dynamite” when he cut an unhinged promo on AEW President Tony Khan.

The promo involved MJF talking about the backlash he’s received after AEW “Double or Nothing”, mentioning how Khan has paid too many ex-WWE guys without forking out the money to pay him, the person that holds the 2nd highest minute-to-minute ratings of all AEW talent. MJF’s segment will go down in history as one of the greatest promos of all time, leading to several reactions across the wrestling universe.

“In my opinion, MJF is without peer,” Eric Bischoff said during the latest episode of “Strictly Business.” “He is so good. There are a handful, one or two people in WWE who are capable of catching up to that, but there aren’t many. He’s in a universe all his own, in my opinion.”

The AEW Superstar has since been removed from the intros to all AEW shows and now has involved Warner Brothers Discovery, as the media company had announced an edict to remove MJF from all promotional work moving forward. Whether this is all a big work, shoot, or a combination of the two, it’s unclear at this time where the situation will ultimately end up.

“Where is this one going to go? I have no idea if it’s real, if it’s not, if it’s scripted. I have an opinion and it was probably something that started out as very, very real and then they woke up one day and then both of them were painted into a corner and it was like, how the hell do we get out of this? That’s just an opinion. I don’t know if I’m right or wrong, don’t care actually because the journey and potential for this journey is off the frickin’ charts. In my opinion, it would be the first time that situation has existed in AEW.”

MJF is currently under contract until January 1, 2024, so if the star wants to head to WWE, which he’s teased in the past, it’ll have to wait another year and a half.

In a recent interview on Talk Is Jericho, William Regal discussed working with the Blackpool Combat Club in AEW, having creative freedom with his character, and much more. You can read his comments below.

William Regal on working with the Blackpool Combat Club in AEW: “When I was asked to come here, it’s like, ‘Can you just give me like a month to get my legs underneath me a little bit?’ You know what I am like, I can’t help my wrestling brain. I don’t feel like it’s up to where it needs to be, but it’s getting there. It’s just figuring it out. I’m in a new company, and there are a lot of things – I’ll be honest about this, I’ve just been in the job that I’ve been in, you come in here and go, ‘What’s everybody gonna think?’ Or, ‘do they think I am going to be a direct hotline back to the old company?’ Which is not my way, and enough people know me to know that. My word is my word, and I’ve come in here and I work here now. I’ve been a different role for whatever the last amount of years on TV. I’ve been out to strictly deliver messages and be a straight act with the general manager thing. I’m just getting used to that. It’s so different. I am fortunate enough that you’re in with these fellas and getting told that is why you’re coming in is one thing. But actually, ‘Oh wow, we’re not giving that away here but I am just watching what’s going on.’ It’s mind-blowing. I am getting giddy over it again. You couldn’t ask for anything better.

On having creative freedom with his character: “I’ve got the freedom to just be me again and have my little nuances and little twitches and ticks and stuff when I am out there. Or just talking, which I go all over the place with. I have no idea where I am going to go when I go out there, same when I used to work. Basically, although I am not a jazz music fan, I like listening to it live. But I was a jazz wrestler. I just used to go out there and go wherever it went. Now, I’ve got that freedom to do that again, and I can be in there with them and the people around me are the greatest thing I could be involved in, but not overshadow it, not try and take away. It’s fantastic. I hope that’s coming across right.”

AEW’s Wheeler Yuta recently spoke with Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman on The Wrestling Inc. Daily about getting to work against Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, and William Regal as part of the Blackpool Combat Club. He competed in singles matches against Danielson and Moxley to join the group and admitted that it was his biggest test to date.

“Yeah, both of those matches in consecutive weeks were the biggest test of my career, right? Being in there with Bryan Danielson, who for my money is the best wrestler of all time,” he said. “And the fire that he was trying to get out of me. I could tell that he was hitting me harder, trying to see if I had that fight within me.

“I think I found it, or at least I thought I had found it until the next week when Moxley pushes me even further, and further, and harder and harder. There’s definitely a different atmosphere when you’re in the ring with those guys that you don’t get just on a normal match. There’s something there that elevates you, and you either have to match that, or you’re just going to be left behind. That’s what those matches felt like to me.”

Wheeler Yuta is now a member of the Blackpool Combat Club alongside both former WWE stars and while it was something that came to be naturally, he did have other ideas in his head.

“It all just kind of started happening around me before I ever really found out much of anything,” he said. “Like even the Danielson match I found out on the day of, the Moxley match I found out on the day of. I had a lot of ideas in the back of my head like, ‘what if this happens?’ But I was never explicitly told, ‘alright, this is what’s happening.’

“I had things in the back of my head, that I was getting ready like, ‘well if this happens, how would I approach a match with Danielson, or how would I approach a match with Moxley again?’ But, there is never anything definitive until right before it happens. I had things in the back of my mind, but I was never 100 percent sure.”

This journey began for Wheeler Yuta when William Regal slapped him in the face. Yuta would go on to face grueling punishment to further be initiated into the faction. Hausman asked the young AEW star if he was confident Regal would shake his hand and welcome him into the BCC following his brutal match against Moxley.

“I think it really depended on my performance, I really do think it did,” he said. “Everything obviously worked out, and I think I did as well as I could in that match. I think it was the best match I’ve had. But that was one where I was like, ‘I really hope, legitimately really hoped, that I could make these guys trust me, and that they’re proud of me, and that they think that I can do this moving forward.’ I think I pulled that off.”

For Wheeler Yuta, he is now trying to work on his promo skills, something Bryan Danielson said he needed to refine throughout his career much like Yuta will.

“It’s absolutely a part of my game that I have been working on, and been trying to improve, and they’ve been very helpful with a lot of that. It’s really cool to be able to stand there and do interviews with them,” he said. “On Dynamite, we did one before the match with The Gunn Club that aired that week on Rampage, and just being able to kind of discuss with them how they approach just doing interviews was mind-blowing to me.

“They’ll stand in front of mirrors and work on gestures, and things like that. Things that I never thought of, there’s drills for that, just like there’s drills for being in the ring. Being able to stand by them and learn from example watching them, and also having my little moments where I can interject my own verbiage, or my own personality has been really helpful.”

AEW star and current TBS champion Jade Cargill recently appeared on the Complex’s Unsanctioned show to discuss a wide range of topics, including the advice Bryan Danielson gives her after matches, and how she’s been taking acting classes to improve her confidence. Highlights from the interview are below.

How Danielson asks her if she had fun in her match, then tells her to review her matches the next day:

So after my matches, I was just so frustrated if something went wrong, because I’m somewhat a perfectionist and I work so hard so I want everybody out there to see how much I’ve grown and how hard I’ve worked. So if something doesn’t go correct, whether it’s me, my opponent, something in the match that’s just uncontrollable, the time is cut, whatever it is, I used to come back and just beat myself up for it. I used to just like, ‘Aw man, something just went wrong. Now everybody’s gonna bring it on me.’ It could not be my fault at all, but because the position I’m in right now, it’s automatically gonna be pointed at me. Also, because I am so green, people are gonna automatically think it’s me. So, we [Jade & Bryan Danielson] had this talk when he was just telling me like… after a match, because every time after a match, he’s like, ‘Hey, how did it go? Did you have fun?’ And that’s all he cares about. He’s like, ‘Did you have fun? Don’t worry about the match right now, it’s happened. Digest it. If you had fun, soak that in and then tomorrow, go over it in your head and watch it but don’t beat yourself up because you have another match to focus on right now,’ and I started living like that, because I would go back, beat myself up, ‘What’s next? Can I do this better?’ And I wanted to have fun. Initially, I wasn’t having fun. I was just so focused on getting it right, rather than having fun and then all of a sudden when he said that, it started clicking. Like I was starting to have fun. It’s just like living in the moment. I was just living in the moment and listening to the crowd, hearing them say my name, hearing them boo, whatever, even though I need more people to boo me so boo for me guys but, I feel it, I feel it. I’m just starting to have so much fun so, one of the things he told me is just, you know, ‘Don’t stress yourself out. Have fun, because you’re gonna look at this 20 years from now and think to yourself that all that — you’re not gonna think the same thing you’re thinking of like beating yourself up. You’re gonna think happy times and when you had fun in these matches and like, people are gonna ask you, hey, what was the best match you ever had? Or who was your best opponent? Who was the easiest to work? That’s what’s important. It’s about the memories you make on the journey.’ It’s all a journey, it’s all a journey and I used to always — this is off-topic but I used to always stay in my room after shows and matches. I would really just go right into my room, unwind and just decompress and you know, I hear all these Hall of Famers and these previous wrestlers, they talk about all these great, fond memories that they had with other wrestlers and I wasn’t doing that, I wasn’t mingling, I wasn’t doing any of that so I wanted to come home and relax and I started doing more of that because I wanted to create a journey and I wanna be able to look at my co-workers 30 years from now, ‘Hey, you remember that time you did that?’ That’s what makes the journey what it is. It makes it fun, this all should be fun. All the hate and all this stuff, you already get enough of that. At least make it fun while you’re doing it and why you love coming to work and why you hate leaving. So, that’s the best advice he’s given me and I’ve really thought of that ever since he told me.

How she takes acting classes to improve her confidence, which she needs for interacting with her co-worker:

Confidence, it’s [acting classes] helping my confidence when it comes to being in front of the camera doing a promo because, it’s like, it’s just — I’ve taken promo — not promo classes but I’ve taken speech classes, I’ve done all that. I’ve done press conferences, I wanted to be a lobbyist which is me just talking to people all the time. But when you have a camera, it’s Mark [Sterling] and I, there’s a camera being pointed at you with like ten people behind you, then at that instant, let’s just say you’re backstage and there are like 40 talents just walking around, going to other wrestlers and somebody tells them, producers, ‘Hey everybody! Shut up! We’re about to film.’ That’s kind of nerve racking. Like because then everybody stops and then stares and these are your co-workers who have been doing this for more years, some of your co-workers have done this longer than you’ve been on this world. So that can be very nerve racking. For me in wrestling, I don’t get nervous, I don’t get nervous being out there at all, especially in front of — the more fans, the merrier, I love it. When I’m in front of my co-workers, that’s different, because they know what to look for, what not to look for, it’s a whole different formula. But, it’s helped tremendously because it’s helped me focus and I go to improv, I’ve done solo classes or private classes, I’ve done that and it’s just helped me tremendously to just block everything out and to just focus and to just take everything in and not just say the words but have people feel it or whatever I’m trying to get over because when MJF cuts his promos, you feel his promos. Regardless of if you love him, hate him, feel indifferent, you feel his promos. But that’s endless experience that he’s been doing this for so long. So, it’s helped me a lot of ways guys.

One of AEW’s latest recruits, Paige VanZant, joined Renee Paquette & Miesha Tate on SiriusXM’s Throwing Down with Renee & Miesha to discuss her current pro wrestling training.

Paige did reveal that while she is picking things up fairly quickly inside the squared circle during her training, it will be her work on the microphone that will be the most challenging.

“Yeah, that is gonna be, honestly, the hardest part is learning to work the microphone, learning to work the room on the microphone, learning to speak in public,” Paige explained. “I feel like I’ve always done well speaking in public, but all the questions are about me, and it’s pretty easy to just talk about yourself, but in this instance, it’s going out there, and you have to like – I’m going to be calling people out, I’m gonna be talking to other female wrestlers. It’s making it in the entertainment industry as well, but at the same time, I do know luckily I’m going in there I’m still Paige VanZant.”

In preparation for her eventual in-ring AEW debut, Paige has been watching some other athletes who have transitioned into the world of pro wrestling such as Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler.

“You know, I’ve been trying to get some ideas and some new moves to use,” VanZant said. “I’ve been watching everybody. I’ve been watching Ronda. I’ve been watching Shayna for a long time, she’s been wrestling forever. I’ve been watching everybody in WWE and in AEW. I still go to all of the AEW shows, and I just watch in the back and get a sense of what I’ll be doing, just to make sure I’m good at it. So I feel like the more involved I am the more I’ll pick up just from watching.”

One key component that Paige VanZant has noticed that is different between UFC and AEW, is the energy that the fans provide at each show.

“You know in the back, I notice that at the shows, it’s definitely a – there’s a lot of similarities,” Paige said. “I mean at the end of the day everybody’s coming for your job. Everybody’s trying to come and come at you. Everybody’s competition, it doesn’t matter who you are. It honestly feels like the same world.

“The one biggest difference though – I love MMA fans, I love UFC fans, I know there’s a lot of diehards but when you’re in the audience at a pro wrestling show the energy is shocking. The love and support, whenever a pro wrestler walks out, the entire audience is singing their song, they know the song by heart. They have the banners. The love, just the energy from the fans. I don’t know if they’ll love me or not. Doesn’t matter. I just know they’re going to give me a ton of energy no matter what.”

Former WWE Superstar Keith Lee was a recent guest on Busted Open Radio, where he looked at the AEW roster. The new signing for Tony Khan admitted that he’s not familiar with everybody in the company. However, that is something that excites him.

“There’s a lot of people here that I am not familiar with at all,” he admitted. “So, the prospect of meeting and battling new people, or people that I don’t know, or have never met, is always exciting to me. It was the same way on the indies. When I would go to a different country or something to that effect. I went out to do battle with that country’s guy.

“That was always something that very much excited me. So, in this situation, clearly, excitement is through the roof and there’s a lot of potential for different battles and things of that sort. It’s something that I am very much looking forward to.”

Keith Lee was initially part of the Wednesday night war on the opposite side of things. He was involved with WWE, and the former NXT Champion has admitted it is strange to be on the other side.

“It’s very strange,” Keith stated. “As a matter of fact, this is actually a conversation that I had with Tony, the strangeness of doing battle against each other, and myself and Adam Cole being some of the people he was most worried about going against. Now all of a sudden, it’s like some during the season illegal trade was made and now we’ve joined the other side.

“I think it’s exciting, it adds something different. And kind of shows, what you mentioned earlier, about this world moving so quickly. Sometimes I think wrestling moves too quickly. But I think that in this circumstance, I really feel like it’s very likely for the best.”

Keith Lee also spoke about the possibility of being in a faction with Mark Henry. This led to him revealing that WWE had issues with the way he spoke. This is something that the World’s Strongest Man could cover if that becomes a problem again for him.

“Listen, it’s something that Mark and I talked about years ago, maybe I think I was still in NXT at the time. He knows I am open to that,” Lee said on a potential faction with Henry. “Especially since in that particular place most people had an issue with the way that I speak and my demeanor in how I speak, and my cadence.

“I don’t know what it is about. Maybe my voice or maybe its vocal tone, whatever it may be, was a bit of an issue there. If it ever becomes an issue, I am sure that Mark could take the reins. The guy is very versatile with his microphone skills.”

During the latest episode of The Kurt Angle Show, Miro made a guest appearance to talk about his time with WWE in NXT and how his partnership with his wife Lana, aka CJ Perry, came about. The AEW superstar detailed whose idea it was to put the two of them together and what idea inspired the pairing of the two.

“American Dream, baby, Dusty Rhodes,” Miro said. “He was so smart, man, Dusty was so brilliant. CJ, my wife, Lana, she just got signed in May or something and we got to meet then, then it was not until two weeks later that Dusty found out she could speak perfect English and perfect Russian. They knew they had me and I knew they were already looking at me because I had this dark match with Dolph Ziggler that Triple H was there and got to see. And he asked who I am and then from then on, we rode that gravy train.

“Then CJ came in, we started doing promos together but once again, when you’re in developmental, you just want to do funny stuff because everybody laughs. Then one day we were told, ‘Hey guys, you should try something serious,’ and we did, we did try something serious and got the inspiration from Rocky 4, Drago and Mila. We rode with that, Triple H loved it, and everything from there was like ‘Yeah, yeah, soon you’re going to debut,’ and everything started going. Once the company has something behind you, it’s very easy to go up, the problem is when they don’t.”

Since moving to AEW from WWE, Miro has talked about being called a “WWE guy” in which he responded, “God made me, not Vince McMahon.” Unfortunately for the former TNT Champion, he is dealing with an injury that’s kept him out of action in the ring since his last match in November at Full Gear against Bryan Danielson.

Continuing to speak about the beginning of his journey in WWE, Miro spoke about his time in NXT and how the country of Bulgaria had issues with the way he presented himself. The former United States Champion also spoke about Vince McMahon not wanting to keep him and Lana together, which led to Triple H speaking up and making sure the two stuck together on the main roster.

“They even had an issue when I was in NXT waving the Bulgarian flag,” Rusev said. “We had nothing and for the music, we decided to go with the Bulgarian national anthem which I thought it was great. Once you get the heat, you’re the heel and Bulgaria right away ‘Why is he using the Bulgarian National Anthem, blah blah blah.’ I don’t even know why they had a problem with it, to be honest but we had to stick with it. Then we went to the main roster, debuted at the Rumble, which I wasn’t even sure it was going to happen.

“Then the next day it was — was Lana going to debut? That was an issue we had with Vince, Vince always loves his big monsters by themselves and he thinks the women take away from the heat. But thank you to Triple H, he fought for it and believed in me and Lana as a unit, as a package, and thankfully too that we debuted on SmackDown and started to do the vignettes with CJ which I thought it was absolutely the better choice. I don’t think Rusev by himself is over as without Lana being there.”

AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker recently spoke with In The Kliq Podcast, where she reflected on a recent CM Punk promo. He claimed that Baker was one of the four pillars of AEW, and that is a statement she agrees with.

“I am glad someone said it because I agree. You can’t say AEW and the pillars without bringing up my name too,” Baker highlighted. “I’ve been here, I’ve been the face of the women’s division, and women’s wrestling is just as important as the men’s wrestling. So, to say that I am not a pillar, you need an examination. How could you possibly argue that?”

Britt Baker was then asked about the forbidden door and potential matches outside of AEW. However, for her, she has her eyes set on a free agent. That’s because the Doctor would like to face a former WWE Superstar.

“Not to kind of turn the tides here, but unfortunately, WWE has been releasing so many talents that right now you don’t even have to cross forbidden doors. There’s just so many amazingly talented free agents right now, period,” she said. “There’s just so many right now that I would love to wrestle that I’ve never wrestled before.

“Toni Storm, definitely,” Baker revealed as her ideal opponent. “Toni Storm, when you talk about top female wrestlers if she doesn’t come to mind, then you’re not watching. Because she’s absolutely phenomenal, she’s wrestled all over the world and I have never wrestled her. I would love to somehow, someway, someplace, lock up with her.”

Promos have become a huge part of Britt Baker’s game in AEW. She revealed that Tony Khan pushed for her to start doing them. However, she named two experienced members of the roster who have been helping her improve.

“Definitely Tony Khan,” on who helped with promos. “It was his idea to get me in the ring with a mic anyway. I worked really closely with Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes on a lot of my promos. Just delivery. People don’t understand how important it is to just be confident when you’re delivering a promo. That’s everything. You can be singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stars,” as long as you’re confident, people will listen.”

AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker is known for her oftentimes selfish and aggressive persona in the ring. However, she recently broke character to praise industry veteran Tony Schiavone.

Many fans know that Baker and Schiavone are friends behind the scenes, and AEW often uses this relationship in on-screen segments. The broadcaster frequently interviews the champion, and he was a guest at Baker’s holiday party on the “Holiday Bash” edition of AEW Dynamite.

During an appearance on the “In the Kliq” podcast, Baker discussed her bond with Schiavone and expressed her gratitude for his constant support. AEW’s resident dentist also made it clear that he has helped her with her promos.

“I will never be able to thank him for how much he’s helped me in all aspects of my life,” said Baker. “He’s one of my best friends, anytime there’s anything going on, good, bad, you know, he’s one of the first I call, first I talk to when I’m excited or to vent about [something] but just how he helped me, especially early on with those promos.”

Baker and Tony Schiavone have maintained a friendly relationship on screen, as she seems to be the only heel that Schiavone can tolerate. It’s rare for a heel wrestler of Britt Baker’s caliber to break character and state that others have played a part in their success. Still, the AEW Women’s World Champion went out of her way to give Schiavone credit.

AEW’s Tay Conti was a recent guest on Elite POV where she spoke about Brodie Lee’s children. The AEW star has had a close bond with both Brodie Lee Jr. and Nolan, with the entire roster having been there for them. Tay Conti admitted she sees them as family.

“It’s crazy, I love those kids. I love them with all my heart. For me, they’re my family, you know? Sometimes, family is not blood it’s just love and I love them,” Conti stated. “I don’t know, I get emotional when I talk about them because they make me so happy. Every time they’re backstage, I have a blast.

“Even if I am not doing anything on the show, I have the best day when I am with them,” she said. “Nolan now, in the beginning, I was close with Negative One and not too much with Nolan. Now it’s both of them.  It’s kind of crazy because I feel like a kid. We are just fooling around or eating, sitting on the floor, just eating french fries.”

Tay Conti then spoke about Brodie Lee Jr., or “Negative One”, in particular. She revealed that The Dark Order member actually helps her behind the scenes with backstage interviews and promos.

“Brodie is always helping me because anytime I have an interview or like a backstage promo, whatever,” she claimed. “He’s always with me like, ‘what do you want to say? Let me help you with the English.’ He’s always saying the words and sometimes I can’t pronounce a word and I’m like, ‘oh, can you help me? I need a different word.’ He’s the one helping me out and going to his mom like, ‘hey mom, tell me a different word for Tay, please?’

“He’s always standing by me and if I say something that doesn’t sound good, he stops the interview or stops the backstage promo. He’s like ‘hey, no, no, no. You’re saying this wrong, repeat with me,’ and then he repeats the word. It’s crazy,” she added. “He’s helping me and he’s a nine-year-old kid.”