In a stunning turn of events at AEW's "Worlds End," the wrestling landscape was electrified with the revelation that Adam Cole, alongside Roderick Strong, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, and Wardlow, are the enigmatic force behind 'The Devils,' with Cole emerging as the faction's leader.
This shocking development has set the stage for significant changes in All Elite Wrestling, particularly impacting the trajectory of MJF (Maxwell Jacob Friedman), who appears to be taking a hiatus from the squared circle.
The climax of "Worlds End" saw MJF losing the AEW World Championship, a result that sent shockwaves through the wrestling community. Fans at the Long Island event expressed their disbelief and discontent, voicing their reactions loudly following the match's conclusion.
In a pivotal moment that followed, Adam Cole was unveiled as 'The Devil,' adding another layer of intrigue to the night's events.
MJF's Expected Hiatus
Behind the scenes, credible sources, including Sean Sapp of Fightful, report that MJF is slated for a temporary departure from television.
Suffering from multiple injuries incurred during his tenure as AEW World Champion, MJF's need for recuperation seems imperative despite his influential role in crafting his in-ring persona. Although MJF has the clout to potentially override such a hiatus, internal expectations within AEW lean towards his absence from the screen for a considerable period.
Amidst this backdrop, there's ongoing speculation regarding MJF's contractual obligations with AEW. Despite rumors of a renewal over a year ago, MJF has not publicly confirmed such a move. His current contract is reportedly set to expire at the beginning of 2024.
While there's apparent interest from WWE, as of now, no concrete discussions between MJF and WWE have been confirmed. This unfolding scenario with MJF's potential sabbatical and contract situation adds a layer of uncertainty about his future in professional wrestling.
His absence, even if temporary, is poised to leave a noticeable void in AEW's storyline dynamics. As 2024 approaches, the wrestling world eagerly anticipates the next chapter in MJF's career, be it within AEW or beyond its realm.