That’s called being a heel. When you get it down to its very core, wrestling is all about heroes vs. villains. Things can get a lot more complicated after that, but there are always going to be good people and bad people in wrestling. The definitions of good and bad have changed a lot over the years, but one prominent heel is going an extra step in becoming as vile as possible.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman has gone from a virtual unknown just a few years ago to one of the best villains in the world in a short amount of time. There is almost nothing redeemable about him and he is someone who could become a major star for a long time to come. However, there does come a point of taking things too far and Friedman may have done that over the weekend.

Over the weekend, Friedman was signing autographs at C2E2 and flipped off a seven year old fan. As a result, according to, the seven year old’s father tweeted to Cody, complaining about the issue. Cody responded with an apology and offered to give the father and son tickets for the next AEW shows in Chicago. Cody also mentioned that while he was sorry, what you see on television with Friedman is what you get, as AEW fans have freedom of expression and don’t change their style for interviews and appearances. Friedman has discussed the situation on Twitter, telling the kid to cry about it.

The original situation was rather quick. Check out what started the whole thing:

Opinion: This is kind of fascinating in a way as Friedman is one of the few wrestlers who never breaks character these days. That’s what makes it so much different than anything else you see in the current wrestling world. Did he go too far with the kid? Maybe, but Friedman’s job is to make people want to see him get beaten up. If you’re nice just because there’s a camera around you, that magic is gone. In the old days, this would have been common and it’s nice to see it come back in a way.

What did you think of Friedman’s actions? Did he go too far? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!


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