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    Tuesday, May 31, 2022

    The Grapevine (5/31/22): MJF Update, More AEW Wrestlers Open To Jumping To WWE



    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!

    MJF and Tony Khan to have sitdown meeting

    MJF had reportedly stayed in Las Vegas following Double or Nothing yesterday instead of heading to California for this week's Dynamite. He is set to have a sitdown with AEW President Tony Khan, in which they will presumably discuss the former's contract status with the company. He no-showed his meet and greet appearance last Saturday and was rumored to have booked a flight out of Las Vegas, which he did not take to appear on the show as scheduled.

    MJF appeared backstage at Double or Nothing during the Buy-In, and reportedly left the venue quickly after his match with Wardlow which he lost. MJF had been asking for more money without signing a contract extension, which Tony Khan has said he would be willing to give if MJF signed a new deal with AEW. His current deal is set to expire on January 1, 2024. Meanwhile, MJF is also not expected to return to AEW television anytime soon. (Source: Fightful Select)

    We say: While we do agree that MJF deserves more money now than he did before, it's also hard to deny that his actions may have tanked his value somewhat. Nevertheless, it does give major-league wrestlers a reason to band together and work out a collective bargaining agreement that would guarantee them better options, and someone like MJF should help lead that as in the end it would be beneficial for someone like him—even if he was looking to be the only beneficiary, it would still be a good move for the wrestlers.

    More AEW wrestlers open to joining WWE

    The sentiment among some AEW wrestlers is that they are open to joining WWE for a good offer. This is a change from the previous sentiment a few years ago, in which they would stay loyal to AEW, but seeing how Cody Rhodes is doing well for himself in WWE again has softened that feeling. (Source: Wrestling Observer Radio)

    We say: This obviously won't apply to everyone as not everyone can be a Cody or MJF, but it's good to know that the competition is alive and well enough to consider WWE being a legitimate option. Still doesn't make it the best idea, though.

    Photo from AEW

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