In the constantly evolving landscape of professional wrestling, AEW World Champion MJF has taken a moment to reflect on his personal inspirations and the era that shaped his approach to the sport. Renowned for his classic wrestling style, MJF has long been considered a homage to the greats of yesteryear, a sentiment he confirmed during a candid conversation on Dr.
Beau Hightower's popular YouTube channel. From a tender age, MJF's passion for wrestling was ignited by icons like CM Punk, Kurt Angle, and Eddie Guerrero. Yet, his true fascination lay with the raw and unfiltered wrestling of the 1980s.
"Watching old '80s wrestling on YouTube felt more visceral, more real to me. I was particularly drawn to legends like Roddy Piper and the Mid-South wrestling scenes," MJF shared, recalling his early days of wrestling fandom.
MJF's Wrestling Idols
MJF also paid homage to two wrestling legends who held a special place in his heart during his formative years, Bill Goldberg and The Rock. He admired Goldberg not just for his in-ring prowess but also as a rare representation of Jewish strength in the sport.
As for The Rock, MJF's admiration was straightforward: "The Rock is The Rock, an undeniable force in wrestling history." Interestingly, MJF's initial exposure to professional wrestling was marked by the towering presence of Brock Lesnar, an athlete he described as a "gigantic animal of a man," who left a lasting impression on him during his debut viewing of wrestling.
Despite this modern introduction, MJF found himself consistently drawn back to the wrestling of the 1980s, a testament to his deep-rooted connection with the era. During the interview, MJF didn't shy away from discussing the business side of wrestling, emphasizing the importance of a wrestler's ability to generate revenue for their company.
He listed his top stars in the industry, a roster including names like Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and John Cena. He also gave a nod to the past, highlighting Bruno Sammartino's significant box office draw in his prime.
This insightful conversation not only sheds light on MJF's personal inspirations and preferences but also highlights his understanding of the sport's history and business dynamics, reaffirming his status as a true student and aficionado of professional wrestling.