MJF Celebrates One Year as AEW World Champion and Pays Tribute to His Late Grandfather and Adam Cole

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During Saturday’s AEW Full Gear 2023 pay-per-view event, MJF defeated Jay White to retain the AEW World Championship in the main event of the show.

The victory allowed MJF to hit 365 days as the reigning AEW World Champion.


MJF defeated Jon Moxley to win the title at last year’s Full Gear 2022 pay-per-view event. He became the longest-reigning AEW World Champion to date at the start of November when he passed Kenny Omega’s 346-day reign.

MJF also ranks #1 in total days as champion, while Jon Moxley ranks #2 with a total of 347 days between his two reigns.

During the post-AEW Full Gear 2023 media scrum, MJF noted that he’s just past the third anniversary of his grandfather’s passing, dedicating his title defense to Poppa Stanart and Adam Cole.

You can check out some highlights from the media scrum below:

On his grandfather: “He was one of the few people in my life that really cared about me, and there weren’t a lot. He taught me how to be a man, he taught me how to be a leader, he taught me how to be brave. So when I had moments in that match where I wanted to quit, I just thought about my Poppa Stanart and it helped me get through it.”

On Adam Cole backing him up during the show: “So I dedicated that match to Poppa Stanart and also to my best f**king friend, who literally had no right to get on a plane and travel literally across the country just to be in my corner… [Cole’s] the best human being I’ve ever met in my life… He’s just a really good person, and I’m not used to that. I’ve only had a couple of people I can count in my hand that I can trust — Papa Stanley was one of them and Adam Cole is the other.”

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MJF Retains AEW World Championship at Full Gear 2023

In an electrifying main event at the AEW Full Gear 2023 pay-per-view event, MJF successfully defended his AEW World Championship against Jay White. This victory marked a significant milestone for MJF, as he reached 365 days as the reigning champion.

MJF’s journey as the AEW World Champion began at last year’s Full Gear 2022 pay-per-view event when he defeated Jon Moxley to capture the title. With his reign surpassing the 346-day record set by Kenny Omega, MJF now holds the distinction of being the longest-reigning AEW World Champion to date.

Not only does MJF hold the record for the longest reign, but he also ranks first in total days as champion. Jon Moxley follows closely behind with a combined total of 347 days from his two reigns.

During the post-event media scrum, MJF shared a heartfelt dedication to his late grandfather, Poppa Stanart, and his close friend Adam Cole. He revealed that he had recently passed the third anniversary of his grandfather’s death and credited him for teaching him valuable life lessons.

MJF expressed his gratitude towards Adam Cole for traveling across the country to support him during the match. He described Cole as the best human being he has ever met and emphasized his trust in him, which is a rare quality for MJF.

The media scrum provided fans with an opportunity to gain further insight into MJF’s emotional journey and the significance of his title defense. The wrestler’s words showcased his vulnerability and appreciation for the people who have played important roles in his life.

For those interested in watching highlights from the media scrum, a video is available featuring MJF’s heartfelt comments about his grandfather and Adam Cole.

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MJF’s victory at Full Gear 2023 solidifies his status as one of the most dominant champions in AEW history. As he continues his reign, fans eagerly anticipate the next challenges and rivalries that await him in the ring.