During a recent audio show on PWTorch.com, Wade Keller spoke about the locker room in AEW, specifically some of the issues that have been reported over the past few months.
Keller explained that things were pretty good backstage and not as bad as the headlines made it seem. Keller also spoke about MJF. He speculated that MJF secretly signed an extension, but the company won’t admit it based on what they have planned for him over the next year or so.
Keller also stated that MJF is not one to cause trouble backstage and is someone who could become a dressing room manager if he wants the part.
Keller said: “The MJF thing is not a big topic of conversation. He is back. I think he signed an extension, even though he tells everyone on and off camera that he didn’t. I think he did. Unless someone has seen the contract, I think it’s presumptuous and potentially flawed reporting to analyze for the MJF situation as if Tony Khan made a mistake by not signing him for an extension. It’s in their interest to say he didn’t because they have a story line planned for a year that MJF will likely announce he’s staying with AEW. I think he got a lot of money and got the extension he wanted. And Tony pushed aside any issues he had with the way MJF handled the situation and gave him what he wanted and went from there.”
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On MJF staying out of the ring, Keller said, “And obviously MJF gets big pops, but he’s someone that Tony Khan obviously trusts to be released in the media to give approved interviews. MJF is very articulate and a student of the game and is someone who when happy with his contract is firm with Tony and that they get along. So he’s someone who, because of his current notoriety with the TV time he’s getting, how young he is, and audience reactions, he has some things that work for him that can certainly move him in the direction that to represent younger wrestlers in the dressing room leadership. I think he will be with AEW beyond 2023. My guess is that it’s a done deal at this point.
Keller continued on MJF’s behind-the-scenes reputation, “He’s really not a problem in the dressing room like, say, Sammy Guevara or Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa were. He’s not. He’s actually less of a problem than The Bucks, and Kenny Kenny is more political than his reputation when it comes to protecting his turf and not just being a laid-back, quirky guy [and] MJF is ambitious but not super-political. And that affects the stability of the locker room as well, especially if I’m correct in my speculation and my guess and my belief that he’s signed a multi-year extension and he’s just not saying it.
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