MJF lost the AEW World Championship, succumbing to Samoa Joe’s submission hold in the main event of Saturday’s AEW World’s End in Long Island, New York.
This is Samoa Joe’s first reign as the AEW World Champion. MJF had ten successful title defenses and held the championship for 406 days after defeating Jon Moxley at AEW Full Gear 2022.
Adding to MJF’s woes, Adam Cole was unmasked as the Devil figure, leading a group that included Wardlow, Roderick Strong, and The Kingdom duo of Matt Taven and Mike Bennett. To remove any doubt, Cole took out and held up a Devil mask, then Wardlow powerbombed MJF to end the show.
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At the end of the match, MJF tried to utilize the Dynamite Diamond Ring, which was handed to him by Adam Cole. However, Joe stopped it and applied a chokehold. As MJF attempted to roll through the choke, Joe countered by kicking out and maintaining the chokehold. This ultimately led to MJF passing out.
The title shift was marred by controversy. MJF’s hand hit the mat twice and a third time on his leg, leading referee Bryce Remsburg to hesitate before signaling the match’s end. This incident seems poised to fuel future disputes from MJF.
Given the various injuries MJF has been facing, including a torn labrum, it makes sense for him to take some time off for recovery. This also aligns with the resolution of the Devil storyline. The reveal of Adam Cole lays the groundwork for a feud in the future.