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AEW faces backlash over Juice Robinson roll of quarters phase with Jewish star MJF amid Israel battle

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All Elite Wrestling confronted backlash over a phase involving Juice Robinson as he tried to play up his rivalry with Maxwell Jacob-Friedman (MJF) throughout their present on Tuesday night time.

Robinson was within the ring along with his Bullett Membership Gold faction members. Jay White, who stole MJF’s AEW World Championship belt, had phrases for his upcoming opponent. Then, Robinson took the mic.

“And Friedman, earlier than you allow, Friedman … I heard by the grapevine that subsequent week there’s Dynamite Diamond Dozen Battle Royal child! For an opportunity to win that silly ring you care about a lot,” he stated. 

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Juice Robinson enters the ring in the course of the New Japan Professional-Wrestling – G1 Climax 32 Last at Nippon Budokan on August 18, 2022, in Tokyo, Japan. (Etsuo Hara/Getty Photographs)

“So, throw my identify in ‘cus I’m going to win the battle royal, I’m going to whoop you’re a–, I’m gonna take your ring and we’re gonna have all the pieces that you just love you fool. After which, guess what? When that’s all completed I’m gonna provide you with just a little current – one thing you’re actually gonna like. I already acquired it wrapped.”

Robinson reached into his pocket to drag out a roll of quarters with “Freidman” emblazoned on the facet. The group was silent with a small tinge of boos being heard within the enviornment. 

The wrestler’s use of a roll of quarters as a weapon dates again to his days with New-Japan Professional Wrestling. Moreover, Cageside Seats famous that MJF, who’s Jewish, talked about in a promo in 2019 on AEW Darkish how he would get bullied in soccer follow and have quarters thrown at him.

One fan at an AEW present held up an indication final month that learn, “MJF, I dropped 1 / 4.”

The angle acquired criticism amongst wrestling followers on social media because it got here after Hamas launched a terror assault on Israel, killing greater than 1,000 Israelis and a number of other Individuals. Israel has since declared battle on Hamas and launched airstrikes on Hamas.

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Wrestling streamer SantiZap added a remark on a publish from MJF.

“Hello Max – The outrage with this angle just isn’t with you, it is with Juice. We all know you’ll inform a heroic story and lift consciousness. 

“Nonetheless, there are a number of impressionable younger viewers that suppose that Juice Robinson is ‘Tremendous Cool’ and do not such as you as a result of your years as a nasty man. I am involved that ‘joke’ could justify antisemitic habits with that impressionable viewers.”

Because the phase, MJF put out two posts on X. All Elite Wrestling didn’t instantly return a request for remark from Fox Information Digital.

“Tonight that piece of s—, Juice Robinson determined to deliver up a narrative from my childhood that has left me scared,” he wrote with a photograph of his upcoming talking engagement at Gillette Stadium. “I’m glad he did. He introduced consciousness to one thing we’ve all gone by in a technique, form or kind in our lives.

Juice Robinson press conference

Juice Robinson speaks in the course of the New Japan Professional-Wrestling Press Convention on July 14, 2022, in Tokyo, Japan. (Etsuo Hara/Getty Photographs)

“On behalf of anybody who’s ever been bullied for being totally different in any capability. I look ahead to leaving him scared too. I additionally look ahead to this Thursday #StandUpToJewishHate.”

Later, MJF contrasted his state of affairs with WWE in 2005 when it used a terrorist angle that coincided with the bombings in London. The character was dropped amid strain, and the person who performed him was later launched.

“Muhammad Hassan was portraying an evil Muslim terrorist,” he wrote. “I’m truly Jewish. I’ve truly gone by this. That is my actual life!!!!! MY STORY!

“And I Sit up for giving Catharsis to each single one that’s ever been oppressed or bullied. Should you suppose I’d play with that or take it mendacity down or WORST OF ALL Cover from the arduous conversations like a coward… You’re on loopy tablets. 

“I look ahead to the arduous conversations this begins and creates. I look ahead to folks being additional educated. My life’s work is to face as much as any and all injustices completed to folks as a result of one thing as Silly as being totally different. 

MJF in August 2023

Wrestler Maxwell Jacob Friedman visits the SiriusXM Studios on August 21, 2023 in New York Metropolis. (Cindy Ord/Getty Photographs)

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“To anybody that thinks that may’t be completed by the avenue {of professional} wrestling. Then that’s an indictment on issues which have occurred on this sports activities previous. I look ahead to bringing this sport into the current. I look ahead to knocking Juice Robinson’s tooth down his throat. And most of all I look ahead to getting again the Triple B!”



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