Inside details have emerged regarding the discarded plan for a segment involving Maxwell Jacob Friedman, known in the wrestling world as MJF, in a recent episode of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) Dynamite. On the episode aired May 17, MJF engaged in a sharp exchange backstage with Renee Paquette, an encounter that ended with him snatching the microphone from her hands.
According to renowned wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, the original concept for the segment was quite different. In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer writes that the promo was slated to feature all the participants in the four pillars match, including Britt Baker.
The intended storyline would have Baker challenging MJF, stating that even if he manages to keep his AEW World Championship title in the upcoming match, his reign would be brief, an intriguing hint at the future developments in the story.
Meltzer discloses that the current plans revolve around Adam Cole stirring a rivalry with the AEW Pillars Four Way Match victor in pursuit of the championship title. The original script was discarded because "something about it was deemed not good enough," possibly to avoid prematurely exposing Cole's title shot and thereby hinting at MJF's successful title retention.
Fans Bet Heavily on MJF Victory
Despite the plot twist, the prevailing sentiment among fans and pundits appears to heavily favor MJF's victory, with betting odds stacking up to 50-to-1 in his favor. AEW Double or Nothing is another wrestling extravaganza for May 28 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Here are the outcomes from the pivotal May 17 episode of AEW Dynamite: A sequence of thrilling matches ensued, including a face-off between Christian Cage and Luchasaurus against the reigning TNT Champion, Wardlow. Darby Allin and Orange Cassidy triumphed over Big Bill and Lee Moriarty, while Sammy Guevara bested Exodus Prime.
Other noteworthy moments include Karen Jarrett aiding Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh & Sonjay Dutt in their assault on FTR and a victorious Toni Storm & Ruby Soho against Hikaru Shida & Britt Baker. Lastly, a series of announcements were made, including introducing a 21-man Blackjack Battle Royal at Double Or Nothing for Orange Cassidy's International Championship and AEW Collision's dates and venues by Tony Khan.
The episode wrapped with a thrilling match between Roderick Strong and Chris Jericho, ending with Adam Cole's surprising intervention.