MJF is the new AEW World Champion, ushering in a new era for All Elite Wrestling main events on the back of one of his own stars. Friedman eventually won the title Full equipment on Saturday night by beating Jon Moxley (with an assist from William Regal, who appears to have joined forces with Max), and the win opens the door for a raft of new challengers to the main event scene. We’ve listed seven men below who could potentially take on the “Generational Talent”!
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Starks is the odds-on favorite to win the Eliminator Tournament on this week’s Dynamite, making him the No. 1 contender to Friedman on Winter is Coming. The former FTW champion has received a lot of fan support over the past year, but didn’t get much to do after his pre-tournament feud with Powerhouse Hobbs ended.
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry
Jungle Boy is a career 0-3 in one-on-one matches against Max, but rides high on a win over Luchasaurus in a steel cage at Full equipment. It will also be interesting to see how the dynamic between the two has changed since their last match at Double or Nothing 2020.
Wardlow was the last man to give Friedman a loss, and he returned it in dominant fashion Everything or nothing. He was already in the process of dethroning his former business partner before Max even won the title, telling ESPR, “If he ever works his way to get that title, I’ll take it from him soon.”
Kingston has made no secret of the fact that he thinks MJF is an “asshole” and will likely object to Max taking the title from Moxley. Fans have also been salivating to see Kingston back on a major schedule, something AEW hasn’t done since its months-long feud with Chris Jericho ended.
William Regal’s betrayal of Jon Moxley probably won’t sit well with the rest of the Blackpool Combat Club, and that could lead to matches between Max and other members of the faction. Additionally, a match between “The Salt of the Earth” and “The American Dragon” remains one of the biggest main events AEW can produce right now.
“Hangman” is currently out with a concussion, but when he returns, he will likely want to pick up where he left off to reclaim the top prize from AEW. He and Friedman teased a feud leading up to the first Fyter Fest in 2019 and they shared the ring many times, but their only one-on-one match was in November 2019 when Max won the Dynamite Diamond Ring for the first time. .
Omega is busy enough right now between its Best of Seven series with Death Triangle and its return to New Japan in January, but sooner or later it will turn its attention back to the AEW World Championship. And once that happens, Friedman may be in legitimate danger of losing “Pretty Platinum.”
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