MJF Discusses the Challenges of Defending His Title After Swerve Strickland vs. Hangman Page Texas Death Match

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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.

During the post-show media scrum, MJF discussed his title defense against White, along with how his match had to follow the brutal Texas Death Match between Hangman Page and Swerve Strickland.


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

On what the world title means and watching the Death Match: “Here’s the deal — this title [AEW World Championship] means I’m the best wrestler in this company, but there are many incredible professional wrestlers in this company. That means it’s my job, no matter what happens before me, to either match it or raise that bar. Let me tell you something — that was not an easy bar to f—ing hop over. That was not even an easy bar to touch by the tip of my fingers. Those guys put on … it might be the best death match in the history of professional wrestling.”

On having to follow up Swerve Strickland vs. Hangman Page: “The match was insane. So I’m standing in the back, and I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m the champion for a reason. I earned this title. It’s my job to step up to the plate.’ And I feel like I did, and I’m proud that I did. I’m sure Jay White had that guttural feeling heading out there — very high bar, incredible match.”

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AEW Full Gear 2023: MJF Retains AEW World Championship in Main Event

In an electrifying main event at the AEW Full Gear 2023 pay-per-view event, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, popularly known as MJF, successfully defended his AEW World Championship title against Jay White. The highly anticipated match took place on Saturday and left fans on the edge of their seats.

Following the intense Texas Death Match between Hangman Page and Swerve Strickland, MJF had the daunting task of delivering a memorable performance to match or surpass the bar set by the previous bout. During the post-show media scrum, MJF shared his thoughts on his title defense and the challenge of following such an incredible match.

MJF expressed his pride in being the AEW World Champion, emphasizing that holding the title signifies being the best wrestler in the company. However, he acknowledged the presence of numerous talented wrestlers in AEW and recognized his responsibility to either match or raise the bar set by his predecessors. He commended Page and Strickland for their exceptional performance, stating that their Texas Death Match might go down as one of the best in professional wrestling history.

Aware of the high expectations set by the preceding match, MJF revealed his mindset before stepping into the ring. He acknowledged the insane nature of the previous bout and understood that it was his duty as the champion to rise to the occasion. With confidence and determination, MJF believed he delivered a performance worthy of following such an incredible match. He also acknowledged that Jay White must have felt the pressure as well, considering the high bar set by Page and Strickland.

The media scrum provided fans with a glimpse into MJF’s mindset and his appreciation for the talent within AEW. It showcased his dedication to his craft and his commitment to delivering exceptional performances as the AEW World Champion.

AEW Full Gear 2023 was a night filled with excitement, and MJF’s successful title defense added another memorable moment to the event. Fans can relive the highlights of the media scrum to gain insights into MJF’s perspective and his respect for the incredible matches that took place.

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In conclusion, MJF’s retention of the AEW World Championship at AEW Full Gear 2023 was a testament to his skill and determination. The event showcased the incredible talent within AEW and left fans eagerly anticipating what’s to come in the world of professional wrestling.