MJF has made it well known that he will entertain offers when his AEW contract expires in January 2024.
As previously reported, MJF is not happy about his contract situation and the pay scale. The heated discussion that he had with President Tony Khan in March left him soured on many things. MJF is also reportedly leaning towards leaving AEW and joining WWE when his contract is up.
Will Washington of Fightful noted during a recent podcast that the AEW locker room is not on MJF’s side in the contract talks with AEW. MJF also reportedly wants more money now and test out free agency.
“I did some digging around as well. I asked multiple people around in AEW and I did get one person who gave me a quote they said I am free to use. So basically, there’s not a whole lot of people on MJF’s side of this I am gathering. The one thing I heard from somebody that said, ‘Look his deal is his deal. Changing the terms of an existing deal while in the middle of it would set a horrible precedent and If he wants new money then sign a new deal.’ The idea I gave..what they’re saying here is, yeah if MJF in the middle of his deal can simply say actually, I’m actually worth this now.
Granted, I think he is…but they’re like what would stop anybody else from wanting to change the terms of their deal in the middle of it and not sign a new deal. And also said [the source], ’Tony would be a fool to give him any more money without the guarantee of more years.’ Of course if Tony gives up something on this new deal then he has to get something and so yeah, you sign a new deal, he’s got to tack on a few more years to make it happen. It sounds like he still wants his free agency in 2024.”
Here is a clip from MJF's recent interview on Barstool Rasslin where he expresses frustration about ex-WWE talent making more money than him.
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