‘ALL IN’ was a great night, a love letter to professional wrestling fans, as Ian Riccaboni put it. It was also the night an audience of 10 thousand plus and all of those watching at home saw a young performer who might easily be one of the biggest stars we see.
The opening match of ‘ALL IN’ was Matt Cross, also known in Lucha Underground as Son Of Havoc, taking on Maxwell Jacob Friedman, 23 years old and having one of the best beginnings of a career a young wrestler can have. Coming out of the Create A Pro Wrestling School, MJF has been wrestling for all of 3 years and in that time has racked up wins over Trevor Lee, John Silver, Joey Janela, and Joey Ryan.
MJF is the epitome of a classic “heel”, he’s arrogant, he insults the audience in various inventive ways, he brags on his skills and his wealth, and here’s the part that ties it all together. He backs it up. A near prodigy in the ring, Friedman has hung with some of the best performers out there and has only been doing this 3 years. That’s right everyone, he is all of 23 years old and is only getting better.
His attitude doesn’t end in or around the ring, it’s an integral part of how MJF presents himself to the world. Interviews, podcasts, no matter…you put a microphone in front of him, and he’s going to let you know one thing “He’s better than you and you know it”.
On January 8, at the press conference for All Elite Wrestling, among the announcements and talent that made their presence known, from SCU to Britt Baker to Chris Jericho, the one everyone should be paying attention to is MJF. You can’t build something new without youth, and you might as well get the best that youth has to offer, and if you’re watching ‘Being The Elite’, has just made his debut on that show.
Presently, MJF is working throughout the independent scene and MLW.
You can find him on Twitter @The_MJF