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Maxwell Jacob Friedman (born on March 15, 1996) is an American professional wrestler. He was trained at the Create-A-Pro Wrestling Academy by Brian Myers (Curt Hawkins) and Pat Buck, and went on to work for Combat Zone Wrestling, capturing the CZW Wired and CZW World Championships in his tenure there. In Major League Wrestling from 2017 to 2020, he was a one-time World Tag Team Champion (with Richard Holliday) and formed his own stable dubbed the Dynasty (with Richard Holliday, Hammerstone, and Aria Blake). He's also known for his runs in WrestleCircus and AAW Wrestling. He's currently signed with All Elite Wrestling, where he was the 'best friend' of Cody Rhodes and his Nightmare Family until he made a hard Face–Heel Turn. Now part of Chris Jericho's Inner Circle heel stable.


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  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Can sometimes be viewed as one for EC3 during his Impact run.
  • The Bully: Puts down various personnel on the AEW roster, such as Brandon Cutler, Tony Schiavone, and Conrad Thompson.
  • Catchphrase: "I am better than you, and you know it!"
    • He also says "Cut my music! Cut my music!" for his entrance theme to turn off so that he can cut his promos in the ring.
  • Expy: Reminiscent of a younger EC3 or Ted DiBiase.
  • Face of a Thug: As soon as he takes off the suit and shows what a brutal shark he really is, the "rich" and "cultured" MJF looks like he would fit right in amongst roughnecks in a mafia neighborhood.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can make a show of being friendly or polite, but the smug price underneath always bleeds through.
  • Finishing Move: Salt of the Earth (a Fujiwara armbar)
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  • Jerkass: BIG TIME. He's a proud, unapologetic asshole who likes to run his mouth. The impressive part is that he never drops this even outside the ring.
  • Kayfabe: Even though kayfabe has long been dead and buried six feet under, you won't get MJF to break character. Bleacher Report writer Jonathan Snowden tried in this January 2020 piece. For example, in a previous interview, MJF listed Tully Blanchard as one of his favorite wrestlers to study, and Snowden asked MJF what it was like to personally learn from Blanchard, now an AEW producer. However, since Blanchard was then the on-screen manager of Shawn Spears, with whom MJF was feuding, MJF had this to say:
    It's just such a shame that he's hanging out with such a complete loser like Shawn Spears. … I mean look, I would love to walk up to Tully and pick his brain, but there's just no shot because Shawn's going to be nearby.
  • Poisonous Friend: Spent the early goings of AEW trying his damn best to be in the Nightmare Family's good graces, even though in reality he couldn't tolerate anyone else on the AEW roster — least of all being Cody himself.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    • During an appearance on Being the Elite, he appears training alongside his butler Walter. When Walter gives him some water, MJF spits it back, clearly displeased with its quality, asking:
      MJF: Where'd you get this water from, Walter?! Mexico?!
    • He threw out a challenge to anyone in the locker room at Beyond Wrestling's Heavy Lies the Crown. Kris Statlander answered. He initially dismissed her, saying (referring to her gimmick of being a Human Alien) "Aliens aren't real, and neither are women who can beat MJF." He finally accepted the match, which Kris won.
    • He's also flipped off child fans taking photos with him. Yes, there are several examples on the internet, and yes, it has caused a bit of controversy (but now it's become more of a badge of honor).
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Chris Jericho's attempt to insult him, by saying that Jericho was already wrestling Juventud Guerrera in WCW before MJF was even born, didn't work as intended.
    MJF: Who the hell is Juvi?
    Jericho: Google it!
  • Power Stable: In MLW, he formed the "Dynasty" with Alexander Hammerstone, Richard Holliday and Aria Blake. Became part of the Inner Circle in late 2020.
  • Preppy Name: "Maxwell Jacob Friedman" has to be in the running for most convoluted name in pro wrestling, but for a guy as snobby as MJF, it fits like a glove. (Bonus point: Only the "Jacob" part is fake; his real first and last name is Maxwell Friedman, confirmed by his appearance on The Rosie O'Donnell Show as a child, and his middle name starts with a T.)
    • During the time he auditioned the gimmick on WWE Tough Enough, he used the surname "Feinstein" instead of Friedman, sounding even more convoluted.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Is never without his fancy scarf. His merch for AEW is also a scarf that says "I can afford a real scarf".
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: The theme of the Dynasty vs Hart Foundation feud. Teddy Hart took the Middleweight title formerly belonging to Upper-Class Twit MJF, MJF brought his friend Richard Holliday back to assault Hart, one tag team match later and Alex Hammerstone would make the feud 3v3.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At Double or Nothing 2019's Casino Battle Royale, he kicked Dustin Thomas'snote  ass before saying "Sorry about that, Lt. Dan".
    • In some of his promos on Dynamite, he channels Jim Cornette, one of AEW's most vocal and controversial detractors, almost quoting some of his criticisms of Jon Moxley and The Elite verbatim. It's a pretty good way to get heat given AEW's smarkalicious and protective audience.
  • Tempting Fate: MJF drew #1 for the 2019 Battle Riot. Prior to the match starting, he cut a promo about how he was better than everyone and called himself "The Ultimate Fighter". Then the second entrant was introduced: Former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Dan "The Beast" Severn! Cue MJF looking ready to shit his tights.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Among The Elite and the rest of Cody's circle of friends and allies in AEW; he's unambiguously a Heel, being a complete and utter Jerkass, but he sided with Cody in his feud with The Inner Circle, even when presented with what seem like golden opportunities to betray him. The general consensus was that he just saw more benefit in remaining aligned with Cody for the time being and his eventual betrayal was simply a matter of time. During Cody's "if I lose then I never get another shot" title match at Full Gear, MJF threw in the towel — ostensibly to save Cody from a submission hold, but then low blowed him afterward. Needless to say, MJF's later claims that he turned on Cody because Cody only looked after himself rang hollow. MJF later joined the Inner Circle.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He's very rich, and very much an idiot. Granted, most of the time it's just him being a jerkass, but sometimes he legitimately gets himself in situations way above his head.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Brodie Lee tribute show revealed that he doesn't even consider an 8-year old child who recently lost his father as off-limits for his mockery. Brodie Lee Jr got his revenge by whacking him with a kendo stick.

Alternative Title(s): Maxwell Jacob Friedman

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