According to multiple reports, MJF did not show up at Saturday’s AEW Double or Nothing Fanfest in Las Vegas, NV despite being advertised. Multiple sources are reporting that this is not a work. He legitimately did not show up for the event and AEW officials have not been able to get into contact with him as of this writing.
Several AEW staff members tried to make up the no-show to fans who paid for MJF autographs and photos by offering meet and greets with several others.
As we’ve been reporting here on eWn, MJF and AEW management haven’t been on the same page in recent months over pay. Additionally, he’s been keeping to himself backstage prior to his segments.
It is said that MJF has between eighteen months and two years left on his current deal. Several sources have stated that AEW management wants to talk to him about renegotiating his current deal, but that has not happened yet.
In the past, the company has renegotiated talent contracts. One example of that is Matt Hardy after his brother Jeff was brought in.
With that being said, MJF has reportedly not been open to sitting down and talking. While some backstage feel he’s been very disrespectful to Tony Khan in this situation, it’s unknown if Khan feels the same way.
Additionally, MJF has been referencing Cody Rhodes, Bruce Prichard and WWE in recent interviews and promos as of late. He’s also been defending WWE on Twitter lately, which has resulted in fuel being added to the fire regarding his unhappiness in AEW.
Most recently, MJF took to Twitter and said ‘F*** this place’ after Tony Khan spoke about him on Thursday’s media call. For those who didn’t see it, Khan was asked about MJF during the call and said that wrestling is more exciting when real life mixes in with what’s on the screen. MJF’s tweet was later deleted.
For what it’s worth, MJF is almost always in character so take that tweet for what it is.
While some will refuse to believe the story is real, similar to the reports of Cody Rhodes jumping ship to WWE (we know how that turned out!), this is not a work by any means.
Story developing ….. stay tuned!