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    Monday, May 16, 2022

    The Grapevine (5/16/22): Tony Khan Open To Paying MJF More In A New Contract, Money in the Bank Direction Update


    Welcome to the Grapevine! This section of Smark Henry is where we round up all the important founded and unfounded rumors floating around the pro wrestling scene that you may have missed over the past few days. Remember to take everything with a grain of salt!

    Update on MJF's contract situation with AEW

    After a report claiming that MJF is reportedly leaning toward leaving AEW once his contract is up in 2024, the word is that Tony Khan is open to increasing his pay if he signs a new deal. MJF is apparently not happy with how much he's being paid at the moment, and wants to get more money now while still having the option to explore free agency in 2024.

    MJF has apparently soured on AEW not just because of the money, but also because of a heated argument with Khan over the interview he did with MMA journalist Ariel Helwani back in March, in which he disclosed his contract status and when it was expiring. Meanwhile, there are some in AEW who are not siding with MJF over this contract dispute, claiming that it would set a bad precedent if he were to have his way and get more money without entering a new deal. (Source: Fightful Select, Grapsody Podcast on Fightful)

    We say: While we do agree that MJF is worth more right now and shouldn't be cooled down in any case, we're hoping he plays his cards right here and doesn't do anything he might regret. That said, if he does walk out on AEW right now (assuming he could do that), WWE would be very quick to snatch him up and maybe give him the money he wants, so he does have some leverage there. The only matter, then, is what kind of businessman he wants to be known as, and whether he cares about a reputation at this point.

    People in WWE confused about implied changes to Money in the Bank contract

    WWE Creative is reportedly confused about the direction of the Money in the Bank contract following the changes implied in Cody Rhodes's promo in the commercial for the event, in which he said the participants would be competing for a chance to main event WrestleMania. There is apparently nothing definitive just yet, but it's also worth noting that Vince McMahon has apparently planned the top matches for next year's WrestleMania, which doesn't involve the potential Money in the Bank winners. 

    If that were the case, the commercials would have been edited or pulled, but they have continued to air on WWE programming as of now without any changes. There is still time to change plans as Money in the Bank is scheduled for Saturday, July 2. (Source: Ringside News)

    We say: This is utterly confusing, but if we were to guess, it might have been another case of Vince McMahon changing his mind many times, and it was just too late to change the commercial. There is still time to change it as it's not even time to promote Money in the Bank just yet, so we wouldn't be surprised if it would go back to normal.

    Photo from AEW

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