The Ballad of MJF’s Contract

I usually don’t like talking about contract issues because those matters are private between the talent and the promoter. However, I was recently reminded, “Kid, that’s the business we’re in.”

Fightful.com reported that AEW president Tony Khan and MJF had a heated conversation stemming from MJF being unhappy with his contract and doing an Ariel Helwani interview without AEW’s permission.

More trouble in paradise was reported on Thursday by Fightful as MJF is still frustrated by his contract and is considering leaving AEW when his contract expires in November 2024.

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CM Punk vs. Hangman Page set for AEW Double or Nothing

CM Punk will challenge Hangman Page for the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing on Saturday, May 29, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The match was announced last night on Dynamite while CM Punk was doing commentary for the Dax Harwood/Cash Wheeler match.

The match was teased last week when Punk had a surprise staredown with Page after his match with Dustin Rhodes. Double or Nothing will be Punk’s first shot at the AEW crown, which Page has held since he defeated Kenny Omega at Full Gear last November.

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AEW-NJPW Forbidden Door Set for June 26 in Chicago

The forbidden door is no longer just a cool catchphrase.

Tony Khan announced last night on Dynamit that AEW and NJPW will hold a joint pay-per-view aptly titled Forbidden Door. The show is set for Sunday, June 26, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. 

AEW president Tony Khan and NJPW president Takami Ohbari appeared on stage to make the announcement but were interrupted by AEW’s Adam Cole and NJPW’s Jay White who filled in the blanks regarding the event’s details.

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AEW Dynamite and Rampage coming on NJPW’s Streamer

The AEW faithful in Japan received some great news this morning as New Japan Pro Wrestling’s streaming service New Japan World announced that AEW television shows, Dynamite and Rampage, are coming soon to the streaming service. Also, a Japanese live version of the shows are in the works, all at no additional cost.

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Cody Rhodes: Into The Cody-Verse

What kind of a world is this where Cody Rhodes gets more press than Stone Cold Steve Austin? Amid rumors of Austin’s expected return at WrestleMania, Cody Rhodes’ exit from All Elite Wrestling has dominated the news cycle. It’s a shocking development that could favor WWE just in time for WrestleMania. 

I waited until after last Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite in case Cody’s departure was a work. There was no mention of Cody save for a brief nod to Cody’s chain match with Brodie Lee on commentary. Sports Illustrated reported that Cody could start with WWE soon.

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2021 Year-End Awards: Men’s Wrestler of the Year

It’s time for Ringside Logic to bestow our “Best of the Year” honors. 2021 will go down as an unforgettable year in professional wrestling for both good and bad reasons. Let’s focus on the good aspects of the industry, which consisted of action-packed matches, wild angles, and paradigm-shifting events in and out of the ring. Here is our pick for the 2021 Men’s Wrestler of the Year.

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2021 Year-End Awards: Women’s Wrestler of the Year

It’s time for Ringside Logic to bestow our “Best of the Year” honors. 2021 will go down as an unforgettable year in professional wrestling for both good and bad reasons. Let’s focus on the good aspects of the industry, which consisted of action-packed matches, wild angles, and paradigm-shifting events in and out of the ring. Here is our pick for the 2021 Women’s Wrestler of the Year.

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