Ric Flair believes top AEW star can become the next Randy Orton in pro wrestling 

Ric Flair thinks AEW star MJF could be the next big thing in wrestling.


Ric Flair believes top AEW star can become the next Randy Orton in pro wrestling 

Ric Flair and Randy Orton (via Wrestling Observer)

Maxwell Jacob Friedman is one of the biggest wrestlers in AEW. Although he is just 27, he has achieved a lot in his career and is the longest-reigning AEW World Champion. Hall of Famer Ric Flair believes he has all the characteristics to become one of the best to ever step foot in the ring, just like Randy Orton.

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Flair gave an interview with Justin from The Wrestling Classic and was asked to share his honest opinion about MJF. Flair was all praise for him and said he comes off as a confident guy on screen as well as in real life. He said MJF has it all, including good promo skills, and good looks, and is working hard to become a great wrestler.

Well number one, I think he’s (MJF) actually — he comes across as confident in real life as he comes across with his confidence in the ring and he’s got a good interview, he’s got a great look, he worked hard. I think he’s got the confidence in real life that he portrays on TV and I think the future is unlimited for him and he’s really good. He could be the next Randy Orton. That’s about as high a praise as I can give him.
Ric Flair on MJF via The Wrestling Classic

The Nature Boy further added that the future is bright for him and even said he can become the next Randy Orton. Some fans may also see the similarities between the two superstars in their charismatic personalities.

MJF is currently the talk of the town, as his contract is set to expire in 2024. Although he clarified that he does want to stay at AEW, he still hasn’t signed a new contract with the company yet. He said he would professionally address the situation after the Worlds End pay-per-view. It will be interesting to see whether the Devil re-signs with AEW or looks for other wrestling promotions to build his legacy.

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MJF shares his opinion on Cody Rhodes’ statement about him joining WWE

MJF and Cody Rhodes were two of the biggest stars of AEW at one point. Rhodes went to the WWE and regained his instant popularity. After CM Punk joined WWE at Survivor Series, Cody also claimed that the Devil would join the Stamford-based company one day too. MJF gave his honest opinion about his claims. 

Cody Rhodes and MJF
Cody Rhodes and MJF (via Wrestling Observer)

The 27-year-old spoke with Jimmy Traina on his podcast and said it’s just his opinion and that he should not receive hate for his opinion. He further added that these are the aspects of social media he loves that so many people join to talk about wrestling and find their wrestling communities.

I saw fans sh*tting on him when all he was saying was his opinion. It’s an opinion, pray to God I don’t get lambasted online for some of the opinions I’m doing in this interview. I just feel like everything’s so radicalized and hyperbolic now. There are certain aspects about social media I love. I think it brings people of the same like-mindedness together. I think it allows people to find their own communities.
MJF on Cody Rhodes via Jimmy Traina’s podcast

As of right now, he has no plans for leaving AEW, as in his words, this is his home. He is the current AEW World Champion and was recently involved in an intense backstage conversation with Swerve Strickland and Samoa Joe. It will be interesting to see whether the Devil holds the title for some more time or if the clock is ticking for him.

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