Since his match with Jericho ended in forfeit back in November at Full Gear it has been all MJF and very little retribution from Cody. For those who may not remember Cody lost the match after MJF tossed in the towel costing Cody the match and the ability to ever challenge for the AEW World Title again. At first it looked like MJF was trying to be a good friend, but then he kicked Cody low officially turning heel. Now MJF has always been a significantly better heel then face cause he is easily hated and now he could be very easily. Following his official turn AEW has focused on developing MJF into a top star and a more known commodity. It is for this reason that Maxwell would win the AEW Diamond battle royal giving him something else to brag about other than screwing Cody out of the AEW World Title.
Since the beginning it was always the heel MJF having forced Cody to agree to stipulations in order to even consider getting a match with his former protege. One of these stipulations is that Cody couldn't touch Maxwell or he would lose his chance to have a match with Maxwell. At this point AEW has four PPV events which means one every quarter and there first PPV of 2020 will be in February. I don't expect Cody to fight Max in February based on the slow burn they are going for with this rivalry and they will likely save this match or try to save it for later in the year. In my opinion, I would expect Cody vs MJF to be a top match at All Out in September or Double or Nothing in May and they will likely not meet in the ring before then to allow things to draw out and truly build.
This week AEW had a very special edition of Dynamite as a part of the Jericho Cruise and with that landscape it allowed Cody to finally get one over on his former protege. Take a look!!