MJF’s well documented issues with All Elite Wrestling have been widley aired in public for many many weeks now. But we have learned today that this is not the first time The Salt of the Earth has pushed a promoter for more money. MJFs former employer and Major League Wrestling (MLW) founder Court Bauer has given some insight into contract negotiations with Max.
Fightful Select has spoken to the MLW founder to share his thoughts on Friedman’s situation, Bauer revealed that he and MJF had very similar discussions to those being held between Tony Khan and the star.
The report continued by stating that MJF felt his value wasn’t truly reflected in his contractual payscale, as he negotiated with Bauer. However, unlike the ongoing situation with AEW, MJF and MLW reached an agreement and “things went well” afterward. The negotiations between Bauer and Friedman were smooth, and the MLW founder admitted that giving the star a pay raise wasn’t a difficult decision.
MJF has long been one of the very best heel trash talkers on the US indies and joining MLW in 2017 helped to expand on his national audience, especially when MLW got a TV deal with BeIN Sports. Since his debut, he went on to form his own stable, The Dynasty, with Richard Holliday and Alex Hammerstone, who would have lengthy feuds with The Hart Foundation‘s Teddy Hart, Davey Boy Smith Jr., and Brian Pillman Jr.
In his tenure with MLW, MJF was the MLW World Middleweight Champion and won MLW World Tag Team gold with Holliday. With the departure of MJF, the Dynasty is now down one member, but with Holliday and Hammerstone still around – and the recent addition of Gino Medina to the group – the Dynasty will look to start a new chapter in MLW history. Meanwhile, MJF will not concentrate all his duties to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he’s been working since 2019 as well.