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Last week we not only saw Jungle Boy and Luchsauraus drop the tag team titles back to the Young Bucks, but we also saw Christian turn heel. I think everyone saw this coming and expected an eventual heel turn from the veteran, but not sure everyone expected it to happen one right after the other. However, taking into account recent events and the fact that this week is a go home show to Forbidden Door we don't need to rush into the feud with Christian & Jungle Boy we can take things slow.
I remember back in the day when someone would have their bell rung by the one man con-chair toe and be gone for a few weeks at least. Considering the PPV is right around the corner they should use that to their advantage. No need to have Jungle Boy around for the next few weeks and just spend the time allowing Christian to reestablish himself as a heel. Christian needs time to explain his actions and get back over as a heel which is something he hasn't done in nearly a decade so it would be wise for AEW to time to let it simmer.
I don't believe that this will be the feud that jolts Jungle Boy into the stratosphere, but it could be the one that helps both men forward. I would think that All Out would be the next PPV coming up in September so AEW has plenty of time to plan out this feud. Christian can explain his actions and why he thought turning on Jungle Boy last week was the right decision. Jungle Boy could explain that allowing Christian in Jurassic Express gave him a spot right as he joined AEW and allowed him to stick out. Jungle Boy should put over not regretting the decision to welcome Christian in and protect him like they did, because he learned a lot from the veteran, but something Christian should understand is that at "My age I have more potential now then he ever has."
In a previous article I mentioned that I thought Wardlow would benefit from a feud with Dustin Rhodes as Dustin could teach him how to slow down and learn. Christian could do the exact same for Jungle Boy that I believe Dustin could do for Wardlow. Christian in my book didn't come back to be World Champion, I believe Christian came back to rewrite his last chapter and end things on his terms. Jungle Boy does have a bright future, I just think easing into the feud is a better choice then rushing things, that's just my opinion.
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On Dynamite this past week we saw one of the most incredible promos we have seen on a wrestling program in the last decade. Fact is MJF set the bar once again and showed that controversy creates intrigue and intrigue still is what sells in the wrestling business. In my opinion, WWE should take note of not only MJF's work in the promo, but also how well it has been received and the constant conversation. The promo itself was masterful with raw emotion being the focal point of the promo and Max letting his words talk for him. Honestly this is the difference between speaking and someone speaking for you, but the fact is not everyone is MJF.
This promo was likely a worked shoot or a promo that was set to happen, but nobody knew what he was going to say. MJF took us on a ride and delivered maybe even over delivered everything he said was true and some of it could even be backed up by factual evidence. I for one have said it since the beginning that that AEW needs to spend investing in character development so mainstream fans become aware of the company and the wrestlers as oppose to just focusing on the hardcore fans. Not trying to bring in more fans is extremely shortsighted. On the latest edition of Dynamite MJF did his job and took his shot to bring more eyes to Dynamite.
Everything in the promo flowed exactly how it should, but now we wonder exactly what is next well for one that is the intrigue. In my opinion, keep MJF off television for a bit to allow Shawn Spears to speak for him or have Tony try and get in contact with him and fail. The possibilities are endless, because the direction is unclear at this point. Either way though the more real you make this seem the more people it will draw in. Tony has kept some positive relationships with other promotions like Impact Wrestling and allowed MJF to appear for another company showing that he is that desperate to not be a part of AEW.
I will be keeping my eyes on this story as it keeps going as I am just as intrigued as you are, I just hope they aren't too scared to make the most of this like WWE had the chance to do after Punk's Pipebomb in 2011. Right now, MJF isn't featured on the All Elite Wrestling roster page, likely getting removed from the page within the last 24 hours. If you missed the promo the full promo has been removed and taken down by now from most outlets!
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Though the actions of MJF over the past weekend could be interpreted as unprofessional and upstaging his former bodyguard. In a story as old as time Wardlow finally had enough of being taken for granted by MJF and turned on him back in March at Revolution. This would eventually lead to a match that a lot of fans have wanted to see for a long time that being Wardlow against his former boss. The only thing I will say about the MJF situation from the fan fest is that AEW shouldn't be doing things that risk the trust of the fans, because once trust is gone it's hard to earn it back.
Other than that now I know that Tony Khan has a history having a long term plan in mind when it counts. This is one of those times when it counts as Tony should have his plans set in place for stars that have potential to keep their momentum building. Wardlow needs something new to do and move away from MJF. At Double or Nothing, Wardlow added his name to a very short list of wrestlers which only includes three other names of wrestlers who have beaten MJF in AEW.
Wardlow has all the potential in the world and should be factored into the final two PPV events of the year with eyes on either Revolution or Double or Nothing next year for a World Title feud. The first idea that comes to mind is Wardlow revisiting a feud with Scorpio Sky for the TNT Title. Another idea would be someone like Dustin Rhodes to try and help Wardlow get a little more confidence in the ring. I don't believe that Wardlow should dominate or destroy Dustin, I think that Dustin would be a perfect fit for Wardlow to help him learn and get more comfortable in the ring. In the past, I've always valued the presence of a veteran on the roster and this is one of the reasons that I think Wardlow could benefit from working with Dustin in a short feud. Point is Tony needs a plan for Wardlow now that he's done with Max and Shawn Spears, doesn't need to come right away as he does have time, but needs to be in his mind.