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MJF is stealing the AEW title tonight at Grand Slam, isn’t he?

All Elite Wrestling's Maxwell Jacob Friedman is better than you, and he knows it

Will MJF be AEW champ after Grand Slam?
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There’s a reasonably well-known clip of Kevin Owens, again in his indie days as Kevin Steen and within the unique “Kevin Steen Present,” the place he tells a hilarious story about enjoying together with his wrestling toys. I received’t spoil it for you, watch this till the tip:

Properly, I’m [redacted] years outdated, and the previous couple of days as an alternative of sleeping like I increasingly more desperately want, I’ve been staring on the ceiling questioning simply how MJF goes to steal the AEW title tonight at AEW’s Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

It has to occur, doesn’t it? It’s too good. Bryan Danielson or Jon Moxley simply successful the event is simply too clear. Too easy. And but AEW has made its identify on doing the easy, however doing the easy higher than everybody. Mox-Danielson goes to be an absolute banger of a match. Their first one was, and ended with William Regal slapping both of them like he was a dad who got here dwelling from work to search out his two sons combating over the online game controller. It could be completely within the AEW mildew to have these two placed on an excellent higher match than earlier than, in entrance of 20,000 baying followers, and have Danielson win the title. AEW wants somebody to hold the highest of the division after the mishegas of the previous few weeks who can pull the corporate previous that and get it to refocus on what makes AEW particular, i.e. the motion between the ropes. There’s nobody higher than Danielson to do this, as all he’s achieved since he confirmed up simply over a 12 months in the past is have traditional match after traditional match. It additionally would carry full circle maybe his largest second, which was his match with Kenny Omega on the identical venue precisely a 12 months in the past.

Or you possibly can simply try this with Moxley for the third time. Wipe away the stupidity of this month, understand that Mox has been the centrifugal pressure of AEW ever since its inception, and mainly reset as soon as once more with him on the prime. That works, although everyone knows he’d relatively be on trip for a bit. There is no such thing as a larger image of what AEW is meant to be than Mox. Can’t go fallacious there.

However…c’mon. It’s simply too simple, isn’t it? In some unspecified time in the future, AEW goes to tug some shenanigans on a grand scale. It must be tonight, proper?

The present is in New York, and technically Queens is Lengthy Island. MJF appearances on Lengthy Island have been constructed to be historic occasions. That is purported to be a historic occasion, the most important present that’s on free TV. If 20K are going to shit a hen over only a Moxley-Danielson championship match, think about the response if MJF hijacks the title by some means. His response in Chicago was larger than CM Punk’s. If he descends — effectively, given his present imagery, arises from the depths of hell sooner or later in the course of the match — the constructing will come free from the muse. It’ll be the smirk that launched a thousand ships.

For the second 12 months in a row, AEW’s Grand Slam present is a marker of the place the corporate is. But it surely’s totally different from final 12 months. They couldn’t have had any extra momentum boogers falling out of their nostril final 12 months. That they had simply launched Adam Cole and Danielson, Punk had his first match in seven years only a couple weeks prior, Ruby Soho had given the ladies’s division some precise juice for as soon as (which has sadly since dissipated), and Grand Slam was stage to roll out Danielson-Omega within the final “balls on the desk” transfer from the corporate. Right here was the type of match that merely nobody else may placed on, and the 30-minute draw that ensued was only a furthering of that feeling. They simply put this match that nobody may ever conceive of taking place earlier than on cable tv. AEW specialised in giving the followers what they needed, and this was pumping them stuffed with what they needed till it was leaking out of their eyes. It was maybe AEW’s pinnacle up to now, a real marker in that they might placed on that match in entrance of that crowd in that venue in solely simply two years of existence, with a kind of years being pandemic-stricken.

This time round, it’s not so rosy. Because it has been for an extended whereas now, AEW is with no host of prime stars, and there are some questions (although very gentle on doubt) as to how Tony Khan can deal with rocky waters for the primary time. Not everyone seems to be comfortable, not every part goes to plan, and whereas AEW will all the time make its viewers comfortable by, once more, giving folks what they need and placing on nice matches, there may be some curiosity to see how they arrive out of the final month or so. Grand Slam can lay to waste all of the horseshit that has preceded it, a present on such a scale and of such weight that if achieved proper — and AEW nearly all the time will get the exhibits themselves proper — it’ll go away the Punk silliness behind and begin anew with recent power.

And it doesn’t even want a giant story across the title to jumpstart that. The Acclaimed and Swerve In Our Glory are going to have their rematch, and an Acclaimed victory will cave the roof in, in a lot the identical method an MJF heist will. Or a denial of The Acclaimed’s ascent could have the place boiling. A sneaky explosive second could possibly be Orange Cassidy topping PAC for the All-Atlantic title, giving OC his first gold within the firm. But it surely appears like that wants a much bigger runway to be the second it must be.

No, it must be MJF. A second that leaves the wrestling world speaking for days. One thing that flips the highlight again to AEW. However how? The “on line casino chip” that MJF primarily boosted throughout All Out has by no means been used as a cash-in at a second’s discover, just like the Cash in The Financial institution briefcase. It’s all the time been utilized in a booked match prematurely with construct time. However that doesn’t imply it may possibly’t be. Nobody’s stated it may possibly’t be. If anybody was going to make use of it as an end-around to the title, it’s MJF.

Does MJF run in throughout Mox-Danielson, waylay Mox (his promo final week was solely directed at Mox and by no means talked about Danielson), which sees Mox win by DQ after which instantly name for his match in opposition to a severely handicapped Mox? That’s the only path, and AEW likes the only patch executed completely.

Does he carry again The Agency to wreck everybody and simply stroll in on the finish? Does he take part at the beginning of the match? It could possibly’t be the latter. That is MJF we’re speaking about! It must be devious, it must be underhanded. However I can’t determine it out. It vexes me. What haven’t I considered? Would MJF have his minions simply flatten each Mox and Danielson, stroll off with the belt and simply declare himself champion? There are such a lot of prospects and but none of them appear fairly proper.

That is the fantastic thing about AEW. Regardless of the problems backstage, they’ve infinite prospects in entrance of it. From the only path to essentially the most convoluted, followers are chomping on the bit to see what it is going to be. Which is the purpose of the enterprise ultimately, in any case.

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