The final time we obtained information relating to AEW Battle Without end it was Full Gear, and Michael Jacob Friedman was hours away from defeating Jon Moxley — with the assistance of William Regal — to turn out to be the subsequent AEW World Champion. The video that was launched the weekend of Full Gear appeared nice and showcased a few of my favourite issues about wrestling video games: belts, in-depth story mode, over-the-top strikes, plenty of weapons, and match varieties.
Yesterday, THQ Nordic dropped one other little breadcrumb, this time showcasing All Elite Wrestling’s World Champion MJF, totally geared up along with his Burberry scarf. Positive, we noticed bits of him throughout the Full Gear reveal, however this confirmed extra in-ring footage and prolonged clips from what we’ve seen beforehand. Right here’s a have a look at the official character reveal of “The Satan himself” Maxwell Jacob Friedman.
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He’s Higher Than You, And You Know It!
After we first had an opportunity to see MJF within the Full Gear trailer, the very first thing I assumed to myself was, “Wow, that doesn’t actually look a complete lot like MJF.” However after the latest trailer, I’m beginning to really feel quite a bit higher about how the present AEW Champion seems to be. Within the newest video, which cuts between real-life pictures of MJF and his pixelated character, you get to see the similarities.
The doorway, for instance, seems to be spot-on. The builders even made MJF come out of the tunnel arrogantly chewing his gum earlier than flashing his lovely Dynamite Diamond ring to the digital camera. Even the headband seems to be prefer it strikes when he walks, which reveals simply how a lot little element they’ve put into every wrestler’s quickened entrance. After all, most wrestlers have a bulkier construct to them — as AEW FF seems to be eerily just like WWF No Mercy — however I believe it matches MJF properly. I additionally like what they did along with his tattoo, which is precisely portrayed.
Within the ring, we see a few of MJF’s signature strikes, together with a wonderful double underhook shoulder breaker and his iconic aspect headlock takedown. Sadly, we don’t see his ending transfer, “The Salt of the Earth.” However we did get to see what seems to be his alternate finisher — and boy does it look devastating. After all, I’m speaking about his knockout punch with the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
Dynamite Diamond Ring
One of many issues I preferred concerning the MJF reveal is simply how outstanding the Dynamite Diamond Ring is. As many wrestling followers know, AEW holds a Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal yearly, the place the winner faces off in opposition to the present ring holder, which is MJF. Whether or not or not this can discover its method into profession mode is anybody’s guess, however it’s positively a trademark of the present AEW champion. And as we see within the video, MJF’s use of it may be match-altering.
On this video, we see a confused “Hangman” Adam Web page standing behind “The Satan Himself” whereas MJF casually places the ring on his hand proper earlier than laying a vicious proper hand on Web page. Nevertheless, my favourite half about this animation is how the digital camera shakes with contact. After which, the slow-mo digital camera angle of it connecting with Web page’s jaw that follows? Absolute chef’s kiss. The transfer seems to be lethal, and as we’ve seen earlier than, only a few kick out of the Dynamite Diamond knockout punch.
Might We See Customized Belts In AEW Battle Without end
Shortly after changing into the brand new All Elite Wrestling world champion, MJF did one thing that no different AEW Champion has earlier than: he obtained himself a customized belt. Very like all of us bear in mind Daniel Bryan’s recycled WWE title or John Cena’s spinner belt, MJF has his personal title — and, after all, it seems to be eerily just like his scarf. This wasn’t one thing we noticed within the trailer, however with all of the customization choices we will anticipate with AEW Battle Without end, I’ve to marvel if we don’t see little particulars like customized belts finally discover their method into the sport.
We nonetheless don’t have a launch date, however with each new reveal and trailer that releases, my pleasure continues to develop. Now, all we will do is hope that with the 12 months 2023 proper across the nook, so too is the discharge of my most anticipated online game in years, AEW Battle Without end.