AEW World Heavyweight Champion MJF was recently interviewed by TODAY and discussed a number of topics. Among them was the character that he plays on television, being a Jewish athlete, his future in pro wrestling, and more.
Below are some highlights from the interview:
On the character that MJF plays compared to real life:
“This is me 100% of the time, 365 days a year. It doesn’t change. You can ask people in my industry — and people have — and then fans are like, ‘Oh, these other people are just keeping up the ruse.’ This is me,” he says.
On being a Jewish athlete:
“How much of that is deep-rooted in antisemitism and how much of that is deep-rooted in jealousy and wishing that these people were in the position I’m in? I don’t know. But what I do know is it doesn’t make it OK,” he says.
“It’s just very funny to me that now all of a sudden the conversations being started because Kanye West decided to speak out on the underbelly of society — antisemitism has always been there, always, always, always. The Holocaust was not a very long time ago. And I think that’s something that people just love to forget or love to not admit.
“So, no, I’m not afraid to be a flag bearer as a Jewish athlete.”
On his future and his happiness:
“If with the trajectory that I’m on right now as the World Heavyweight Champion, if I continue to create incredible moments for wrestling fans up until 2024, I feel even if I left them at the tender age of 27, I will have left an everlasting legacy in the history of this business, and you’re welcome,” he says.
“I am the AEW World Champion and I’m a generational talent and I’m literally the most talked about name in professional wrestling today. And I’ve managed to do that in a company that’s only three years old.”
He adds, “I’m feeling good, man. And the best thing is — is we’ll see how much longer I feel like being a part of this circus.”
There are also quotes from Tony Khan and his fiance, Naomi Rosenblum in the interview.
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