Current AEW World Champion Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) back when he was in PROGRESS Wrestling.
As we look into the PROGRESS Wrestling vault, did you know that MJF, the current AEW World Champion, competed in our unique match that we call the Thunderbastard at a PROGRESS Wrestling event in 2018?
For those that don’t know, The Thunderbastard is a multi-man match where wrestlers enter the ring at timed intervals, similar to a Royal Rumble, but with a twist.
Unlike a Royal Rumble, where wrestlers are eliminated by being thrown over the top rope, in the Thunderbastard match, wrestlers can only be eliminated by pinfall, submission, or disqualification. The match continues until there is only one wrestler left standing who gets a title shot of their choosing.
MJF was part of a six-man Thunderbastard match at the “Chapter 66: Mardi Graps” event, which also included Jeff Cobb, Darby Allin, Austin Theory, Joey Janela, Parrow, and Rickey Shane Page. Although MJF didn’t come out victorious, he made quite an impression with his in-ring skills and larger-than-life personality.
If you’re interested in watching this match, you can head over to the Demand PROGRESS website HERE.
The Thunderbastard match is known for its fast-paced and unpredictable nature, making it a great platform for wrestlers like MJF to showcase their abilities. His appearance at “Chapter 66: Mardi Graps” was a huge stepping stone in his career and helped him gain recognition among wrestling fans across the pond and beyond.
Looking back at MJF’s time in PROGRESS Wrestling is a reminder of the hard work and dedication he’s put in to reach the top of the wrestling world. From the Thunderbastard match at “Chapter 66: Mardi Graps” to becoming the AEW World Champion, MJF has proven time and time again that he’s a force to be reckoned with.
MJF’s participation in the Thunderbastard match at PROGRESS Wrestling’s “Chapter 66: Mardi Graps” event was significant. He made an impact and showed the wrestling world that he had what it takes to compete at the highest level. And now, with his current success in AEW, it’s clear that MJF is a major wrestling star.