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MJF’s Promo Just Broke My Heart

MJF’s promo from last night’s AEW Dynamite should go down in history as one of – if not the – greatest to ever be delivered in a wrestling ring. It also broke my heart. For those of you who have somehow missed this masterpiece, MJF’s promo had such a ring of truth running through it, it’s hard to tell if he was working us or if it was real. From the moment he began speaking to the moment he left the ring in tears, MJF’s promo was one of the rawest and most real that I’ve ever witnessed delivered by any performer and some of it hit a little too close to home for your friendly neighborhood wrestling writer.

Talking about himself and his life before wrestling, MJF revealed;

In 2007, I’m a 11-year-old boy with a litany of learning disabilities. I have severe ADD, every single day in school for me was hell. The one thing I was good at was football, I tried out for the team, and was one of only two Jewish kids to try out. Shockingly, the coach started me as a linebacker, and that meant everything to me.

For once, I thought I fit in. And the very next day in school, I see my teammates walking up to me, and I’m excited because for once in my life, I thought I’m going to make friends. Instead, they look angry, and in their hands are rolls of quarters. And all of them decided to throw the quarters at me as hard as they physically could. They said, ‘pick it up, Jew boy. Pick it up.’ I went home, and I cried and cried. I finally stopped because I realized, ‘today’s Friday, and tonight I get to meet my hero CM Punk at an autograph signing.’ CM Punk, the guy I looked up to. That day meant everything to me. When I went back home, I made a promise to myself. I wasn’t going to be afraid to speak for myself. I, this 5 foot nothing, ADD-riddled jew boy, was going to become the best in the world.”

He also went on to claim that CM Punk had let him down when he walked away from wrestling in 2014 and even though this was always going to happen due to the feud the two are currently embroiled in, it was everything beforehand that had me crying like a child who’d just skinned their knee.

I was bullied when I was younger and by someone who I had trusted for my entire life due to us being related and up to the point of their terrorizing me, had been extremely close to. Hearing MJF’s promo last night brought all of that back to the surface and even though I’m staring down the barrel at 50 this year, it appears that some wounds never heal.

I don’t know or care, quite frankly, if this was just MJF showing how well he can work us, though if I had to guess, the pure emotion MJF’s promo displayed leads me to believe that this came from the heart. What does matter is that MJF managed to do the one thing that wrestling should always do and that is to get a reaction from the audience. Even if in my case, that was a flood of tears over something I thought I was long past.

Stellar work, sir. Stellar work.

Written by Neil Gray

SPOBS very own Mouth Of The South (West).

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