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MJF is new AEW world champion with Regal’s help at Full Gear

The Devil has finally gotten his due, thanks to an assist from William Regal.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman has become All Elite Wrestling world champion after the Plainview, Long Island native defeated Jon Moxley in the main event of the Full Gear pay-per-view at Prudential Center on Saturday night. At 26 he is among the youngest pro wrestling world champions ever, even after losing his previous title opportunity with Moxley back in 2019.

MJF won the AEW world championship with help from Williams Regal at AEW Full Gear on Saturday.
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Freidman did so with the surprise help for William Regal, the leader of the Blackpool Combat Club faction of which Moxley belongs. MJF wrestled like the babyface for most of the match until he pulled the referee in front him, With the official out, he reached for his Dynamite Diamond ring, which he vowed he would not use. Regal came out to challenge him on that and Friedman put the ring down.

It led to him tapping up to Moxley’s bulldog choke, but the referee was still out. As Regal told Moxley to wake the ref up, he grabbed the ring and slipped Friedman his signature brass knuckles. MJF struck Moxley with them and pinned him for the 1-2-3 to win the first major word title of his career. The Regal-MJF alliance seemed to be sparked by a promo between the two on Dynamite a few weeks back and the legend told Friedman he didn’t hire him in NXT because he wanted to light a fire under him to become one of the best in the industry. It appears Regal believes that to be the case now.

The victory completes a six-month story for MJF, who has been with AEW since its inception in 2019. In May he and AEW president Tony Khan got into a work/shoot contract dispute after MJF no-showed and fan event prior to Double or Nothing. Friedman, after going on Dynamite and asking Khan to fire him, was not seen again on AEW television until he returned to “Sympathy to the Devil” at All Out in September. There he won the Casino Ladder match – with the help of The Firm faction — and a chip that he cashed in for a title match with Moxley.

MJF’s original opponent in this story was supposed to be CM Punk, who won the belt for a second time at All Out. But an injury to Punk and his explosive post-event press conference that led to a backstage brawl between him and the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega let to the former WWE star vacating the title and put his future in the company doubt.

Friedman, who recently landed a role in the upcoming movie “Iron Claw” with Zac Efron, has since become one of the hottest acts in pro wrestling, eliciting huge crowd responses and continues to be one of AEW’s biggest ratings draw. The company, which has a lost a little steam after the All Out debacle is firmly on his shoulders now after Full Gear.     

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