Maxwell Jacob Friedman

American professional wrestler

Maxwell T. Friedman (born March 15, 1996) is an American professional wrestler. He currently wrestles for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he competes under the ring name Maxwell Jacob Friedman and his initials MJF. He is the current holder of the AEW Dynamite Diamond Ring.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman
MJF at Double or Nothing in 2019
Born (1996-03-15) March 15, 1996 (age 28)
Plainview, New York
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Maxwell Jacob Feinstein
Maxwell Jacob Friedman
MJF
Pete Lightning
Sandy Bunker
Billed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Billed weight229 lb (104 kg)
Billed fromPlainview, New York
Trained byBrian Myers
Pat Buck
DebutFebruary 13, 2015

Friedman has also competed in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and Major League Wrestling (MLW).

In AEW, he is a one-time AEW World Champion, a four-time holder of the Dynamite Diamond Ring, and the winner of the 2022 Casino Ladder Match.

Career change

All Elite Wrestling change

On January 7, 2019, Friedman signed a five-year contract with All Elite Wrestling (AEW).[1] Friedman made his AEW in-ring debut at Double or Nothing on May 25, 2019 in a pre-show Casino Battle Royale. He made it to the end before being eliminated by "Hangman" Adam Page.[2]

On the October 2, 2019 episode of Dynamite, Friedman ran to the ring with a chair to save his friend Cody from a beatdown by The Inner Circle.[3] At Full Gear, Friedman turned heel after hitting Cody in the groin.[4]

At All Out, Friedman made his return after a long time away. He wore a mask and was called "The Joker". He won the Casino Ladder match earlier in the night and showed up on the entrance ramp, took off his mask and stared down AEW Champion CM Punk.[5] On Full Gear, Friedman defeated Jon Moxley to become the youngest AEW World Champion. He won after William Regal turned on Moxley and gave Friedman his brass knuckles, which Friedman used to hit Moxley.[6] On the November 30 episode of Dynamite, Friedman turned on Regal, attacking him and sending him to the hospital. Friedman also threw the Championship in the garbage before revealing his own custom Burberry check pattern AEW World Championship.[7]

At All In: Zero Hour, Friedman teamed with Adam Cole and they defeated Aussie Open to become the ROH World Tag Team Champions.[8]

At New Year's Smash, MJF would lose the ROH World Tag Team Championships in a 2-on-1 Handicap match to the The Devil's Masked Men. Samoa Joe was supposed to team with MJF to defend the title in place of the injured Adam Cole but he would be attacked by The Devil's Masked Men before the match. This turned out to be a fakeout and Joe would attack MJF after the match.[9] At Worlds End, MJF would lose the title to Samoa Joe.[10] After the match, the lights would go out and come back on. When the lights came on, a returning Adam Cole was seated in the ring with four masked men. The men would pull off their masks and reveal themselves to be The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett), Roderick Strong, and Wardlow. They would attack MJF after his match and Cole pulled The Devil mask out of his jacket revealing himself to be The Devil and betraying MJF.[11]

Championships change

References change

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