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MJF reportedly received a raise in January but is making less than some mid-carders and far less than ex-WWE talent

Throughout a current PWTorch.com audio present, Wade Keller detailed the problems between MJF and Tony Khan. MJF has mentioned in interviews that he is bored with seeing former WWE stars come in and earn more money than him and that he needs to be paid like probably the greatest. Keller says his sources backed up what MJF has mentioned publicly and privately.

Keller mentioned that the problems between MJF and Tony Khan have been brewing for a couple of months. On his absence from the meet and greet on Saturday, Keller mentioned: “The best way it was portrayed to us is that MJF was not in a place to be in public. He was in a dangerous place. And so it appeared, if he didn’t bear in mind one another [it was] fairly apparent to everybody that it will be good for him to not make a public look yesterday. In order that acquired issues going… I have been studying issues behind the scenes off document and in the background for a whereas and pieced collectively a few extra particulars as this story progressed. I used to be advised that this weekend was marked as a weekend the place the folks at AEW hoped that Tony and MJF might sit down and focus on their variations. There was solely hope that cooler heads would prevail. Tony Khan on social media can generally come off as defensive. But in any other case his demeanor, no less than from what I’ve seen that I’ve talked to, he is fairly calm, cool, collected… MJF is a bit totally different. MJF will get very nervous. And by all accounts, he is been so upset that he is gotten a little withdrawn and bitter in the direction of watchers and individuals who have been round him or watched him on Dynamite currently.”

Keller mentioned some of the behind-the-scenes stress between each side:

“For the higher a part of two months, there was stress between MJF and Tony Khan and it initially appeared to be brought on by MJF not going by means of the AEW PR division to schedule an interview he did with Ariel Helwani in early April. Now, on the time, I used to be advised that the interview would have been permitted if MJF had gone by means of the right channels…and he did not and was reprimanded for it as a result of he was breaking commonplace protocol. Nonetheless, a key supply at AEW signifies that Tony Khan wasn’t that upset concerning the state of affairs. It was simply one thing that he felt he wanted to say to MJF, like, ‘Hey, do not do this subsequent time…’ Now, different sources point out that the dialog did not go effectively, as a result of from there, he drifted into MJF. expressing her bitterness on the standing of his contract and that it was a breaking level in their relationship. Since then, MJF has made it clear that he is not comfortable that they didn’t give him an early renegotiation supply. His present contract expires in simply over 18 months firstly of 2024, in truth, on January 1. MJF signed an authentic preliminary contract with AEW that was in the vary of in all probability dozens of different early signers who’ve been with AEW since then. Some have been reduce, some have stayed on the underside playing cards, some have moved to the center card, a couple could have moved to the highest card. Nobody has moved greater than MJF, amongst these in these early offers. And for an preliminary deal, a very extensive versatile vary is like $40,000 to $70,000. You may make a dwelling, but you realize, it is an upfront deal. And some could not even make $40,000. And I do know there are some individuals who simply have a date. But this was between the individuals who began signing preliminary contracts, folks with out a lot of leverage and no nationwide tv publicity. And Tony was at a level the place he was handing out a bunch of contracts and he wished to see who can be good and who would not, you realize, who we wished to maintain and who we did not. And so a lot of individuals get a lot of cash once you get that preliminary contract. And the thought for Tony is, you realize, once they get to those that deserve it, they will get a raise. By the best way, MJF acquired a raise as soon as since he signed with AEW. So, he is making considerably extra than the preliminary contract, like tons of of hundreds of {dollars}, but it is modest in comparison with the half-dozen-plus free-agent signings AEW has revamped the previous 12 months… Christian , Mark Henry, Malakai Black, Adam Cole, Bryan Danielson, CM Punk. There are six proper there. And I do know I am leaving some extra… All of them are making extra than MJF proper now. As I’ve been confidently advised. So sure, he acquired a substantial proportion raise, but it is modest in comparison with the contracts of extra than a half-dozen free brokers in the final 12 months alone that AEW paid, together with wrestlers nowhere close to his stature as a essential occasion star. and lottery tickets. I believe everybody would agree that Bryan Danielson and CM Punk deserve extra than MJF. You’ll say that Adam Cole ought to in all probability be in the ballpark. And if he is paid extra, it is not a massive deal, but MJF has been far more priceless to AEW than Adam Cole… for those who have a look at Christian, Malakai Black, Mark Henry… I imply clearly he is value extra and has been value extra to firm, and they only do not pay you anyplace close to what they pay them, in most circumstances, really in many circumstances. In lots of circumstances, these fighters are paid 4 or 5 occasions extra than him… So, you realize, MJF is livid about this. He felt that his work, his professionalism, his relationship and friendship with Tony Kahn would have led Tony to renegotiate his contract with about two years remaining. And by the point January 1, 2022 got here round, yeah, he acquired a new contract and a raise… But MJF was considering, ‘Hey, come on, Tony, come as much as me, put me on a stage with some of those folks you retain bringing . I am doing a nice job, and I am drawing massive rankings.’ And when Tony did not do this MJF, the best way he dealt with it was he acquired actually mad in personal and then he blew up. And I believe Tony was taken unexpectedly at how offended MJF was getting…”

Keller famous that the MJF segments carry out higher than most, but his wage does not replicate that. He mentioned, “there are in all probability a dozen people who find themselves making extra than him and possibly extra than that, and some are making a lot extra than him who’re pushed less than him.”

Keller added: “So, MJF was selling WWE on air over AEW throughout promos on Dynamite. He was drawing consideration to the expiration date of his contract. And he was seen as a part of a storyline to generate warmth as a pro-WWE man. And it was additionally like he was eager about constructing a second that he and Tony had deliberate for in late 2023, there can be the MJF draw and like Bret Hart with Vince McMahon on Uncooked, MJF would reveal that he is staying in AEW and that would even be in time for a child face makeover for him.”

“Over time, it modified. Fiction turned actuality in a sense, and it morphed into a reliable grievance with Khan for not approaching him sooner with a severe supply of a substantial raise to carry him no less than on par with just about each different fighter in the corporate. they had been getting the perfect rankings. and continually showing in the primary Pay Per View matches, but in most circumstances he is paid, as I mentioned, 4 or 5 occasions extra than he is. Behind-the-scenes observers at AEW point out that MJF has gone from a demeanor that indicated ardour and enthusiasm for his work and in the direction of AEW in normal, to being extra withdrawn and sad. He nonetheless confirmed up and nonetheless did his work on the air, but it was all enterprise and nothing extra.”

Keller continued: “MJF and Tony Khan had been very shut on the finish of final 12 months. MJF was a type of fighters that Khan would have lengthy cellphone conversations with about story concepts and matches. At some level, that relationship fractured and the actual cause may very well be so simple as MJF feeling disrespected as a result of Tony did not strategy him sooner with the brand new contract supply. It is attainable that one thing else triggered or amplified this case, but that hasn’t even been hinted at in reviews elsewhere or from our sources, but some folks surprise: is there one thing else we do not find out about?

Keller mentioned that as a result of it is skilled wrestling, some have suspected it is an elaborate job, but his sources do not see that as a chance, but there’s at all times a likelihood a new deal may very well be struck, and then you should utilize this case. in a story

MJF has not mentioned something publicly in a few days. His final tweet was selling his current quarter-hour phase that drew 1,126,000 viewers and 515,000 viewers on the 18-49 demo.

Actually surprising. pic.twitter.com/5HgBMg2I8D

— Maxwell Jacob Friedman™️ (@The_MJF) May 27, 2022

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