AEW star MJF is listed by the New York Times in their list of Best Performances of 2020 for the rendition of “Me and My Shadow” with Chris Jericho during the October 21 episode of AEW Dynamite on TNT.
The segment, “Le Dinner Debonair” with MJF and Chris Jericho can be viewed above.
The recent New York Times listing is below:
Some weeks the athleticism at this professional wrestling start-up is more exciting than anything happening in Vince McMahon’s empire. And no one in the WWE has this kid’s combination of diction (Juilliard by way of Long Island), intensity or cheesiness, either. Even when Friedman’s lost his cool (his nom de ring is MJF), he still has astounding control. The character is part heel, part tool (hair gel, loafers, Burberry bling — tacky, tacky, tacky) and part goodfella wannabe; his mouth does more running than he does. For reasons only the producers of this show can explain, a long segment in October between MJF and the veteran Chris Jericho culminated in a version of “Me and My Shadow” complete with dancing women and live singing. It was less than spectacular, though not for anything Friedman did. He wasn’t embarrassed at all. He was smooth in a way that should worry Ric Flair. This kid makes you wanna say, “Woo!”
MJF took to Twitter Friday to comment on the New York Times naming him one of the best performances of 2020, which you can check out below:
— Maxwell Jacob Friedman™️ (@The_MJF) December 4, 2020