Up-and-coming indie star MJF recently Ubered to 317 Gimmick Street for a kayfabe conversation with WWE Hall Of Famer Steve Austin on The Steve Austin Show podcast. Among many other things, MJF talked about trying to stay out of trouble on the road and his goals for his pro wrestling odyssey.
According to MJF, also known as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, he stays out of trouble on the road.
“Man, I’m a good boy. Alright? I don’t do drugs. I rarely go out. I honestly keep to myself often and I keep my circle small.” MJF added, “I don’t really get in trouble on the road.”
With that said, MJF shared a funny road story about working a House Of Hardcore show with a biker gang in attendance.
“It is the only bad road story I have. I was at House Of Hardcore for Tommy Dreamer. Good guy, great guy, great eye for talent – that’s why he booked me. I’m at the show, right, and I get there, and we are in Upstate New York. And God, bumble crap, 100 people population. People have less braincells than they do teeth. It’s bad. It’s real bad, Steve. And, out of nowhere, there’s this huge biker gang and they’re just hanging around. Some of them are in the locker room. Some of them are out of the locker room. And I go up and I go, ‘hey, Tommy! What’s going on? Why are these guys here.’ [Dreamer responds] ‘Oh, they’re cool. They’re chill. They’re just doing security.’ And I go, ‘okay.’ The night proceeds. I have an amazing match, obviously.”
MJF continued, “I get to the back. We’re done. We all go to this bar and I went out just because it was the respectful thing to do. There were a lot of great guys there. And it was guys the likes of me, Pepper Parks, Alex Reynolds… I’m trying to think who else was there… The Spirit Squad was there, Mike Mondo and Kenny [Dykstra], and then, Robbie E. Now, Robbie buddied-up with one of the guys in the biker gang and they were really getting along. They were having a great time. And I was like, ‘oh, I guess these bikers aren’t so bad.’ We go back to the hotel. It’s me and all these guys and we’re all shooting the s–t. We’re all hanging out. And then, Robbie goes, ‘do you know what? Let’s go to the biker gang’s clubhouse.’ And I guess I’m the only one who’s sane, I go, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea at all! I’m not trying to die!’ And everyone else in the room, because they’re all crazy professional wrestlers, go, ‘yeah, that’s cool. That sounds like a great idea.’ Wisely, the two other guys who knew it wasn’t a good idea, Pepper Parks and Alex Reynolds, they tiptoed out of the room. Just as I was about to tiptoe out of the room, one-half of The Spirit Squad, Kenny Dykstra, he looks at me and he goes, ‘hey kid, where are you going?’ [MJF replied] ‘Well, you know, it [has] been a long night. I think I’m just going to hit the hay.’ [Dykstra responded] ‘Uh uh.’ He throws the keys at me, [and he said] ‘you’re driving.’ [MJF sighed] ‘Great.'”
Apparently, MJF and the other pro wrestlers were having a good time at the biker clubhouse until he noticed a swastika on the wall.
“We drive to this secluded area at this biker clubhouse.” MJF recalled, “we pulled up. I’m not going to lie to you, Steve. As you can see, I’m jacked. I’m a very large individual, but a biker gang’s a biker gang, okay? I pull up. Oh yeah! I mean, I can probably beat up most of them, but not all of them. We open the door and we’re greeted by two gigantic guys with huge straggly beards and they’re patting us all down. I’m having a panic attack and they stop and they go, ‘the wrestlers are here!’ They give us big hugs, bring us upstairs. We’re having a good time. We’re having a blast. We’re drinking. We’re talking. We’re having a great time. Me and Willie [Mack] are in the corner talking to the barkeep of the clubhouse. We’re shooting the s–t, and, honestly, I’m starting to calm down. I’m, like, fine. I look over to my left and there is a gigantic Nazi symbol. At that point, I cover my right arm because there is a Star Of David on it and I just pretend just have my arms crossed – I’ve got to look tough. I realize, it takes me a couple of seconds, all the information that’s going on and I go, ‘they may not know I’m Jewish, but they definitely know that Willie Mack is black.’ I’d imagine they know. So now I’m freaking out and I start jabbing Willie, ‘Willie, Willie’. I’m Jerry Lawlering it. I’m trying to talk through my teeth. Willie turns around [and asks], ‘what do you want, fool? Like, stop touching me! What do you want?’ And I’m like, ‘look over there,’ the old head nod, trying to point to the [swastika]. And Willie’s like, ‘leave me alone! I’m having fun!’ And I was like, ‘Oh, great! Awesome!'”
As the story goes, MJF then tried to herd his crew of indie pro wrestlers and return to their hotel. Fortunately for MJF, Mikey of The Spirit Squad wanted to leave the warehouse as well.
“And, the best part, out of the corner of my right eye, there is a large individual behind Willie Mack.” MJF remembered, “he points at the barkeep and mouths, ‘what the eff is he doing here?’ Now there is poop dripping down my leg. I’m having a full-blown panic attack. This is it. This is the end. And the barkeep looks at him and goes, ‘don’t worry about it.’ Like, give him the old, ‘it’s cool. Don’t worry about it.’ At this point, I get up from my chair, I excuse myself from the conversation with the barkeep, I walk right up to Kenny Dykstra, [and say] ‘hey, Kenny! I had a great time, bud. Thanks for making me come out here. Maybe we should go back to the hotel!’ [Dykstra replies] ‘Man, stop being such a party-pooper! What are you talking about, MJF? We’re going to chill right here!’ [MJF says] ‘Hahaha! Kenny, we should go right now.’ Mike Mondo then goes, ‘yeah, I’m pretty tired. Let’s go to the hotel.’ My inner monologue, ‘thank God!'”
Before the group could take their leave, one of the bikers had a parting message for them.
“We start leaving and we get into the car.” MJF said, “I turn the car on. [Sighs]. We’re out of here. [Knocks] One of the fine Nazi bikers knocks on my window. More s–t dribbles down my leg. I roll the window down. He grabs my leg and gets very close to me, and he goes, ‘drive safe. Don’t text and drive. The last time somebody did that, they got pulled over by a cop, and they found our warehouse, and we had to change locations.’ [MJF replies] ‘Hahaha! You’ve got it, man! Absolutely! Love you, buddy. You’re the best!'”
Apparently, Willie Mack was no selling the swastika at the clubhouse, but he was just as relieved as MJF to make it back to the hotel.
“I start the car up, get the hell out of there, get to the hotel, kick the door in, fall to the ground, [cries] ‘yes!'” MJF exclaimed, “I’m kissing the ground, ‘thank God!’ I look over to my right. Willie, Willie’s doing the same thing. I go, ‘Willie! What’s wrong with you?’ He goes, ‘man, did you see that Nazi symbol?’ And that was my night. He was trying to play it cool, which is not something a Jewish kid from Long Island [New York]’s very good at doing!”
MJF claimed that he wants to be remembered as being good at making people mad. Moreover, MJF indicated that he wants to do right by the people who trained him by being the best.
“I want to be remembered as a guy that everyone would go home after a show, and be in bed after watching me on TV, and they lay their head on the pillow, and all they can think to themselves is, ‘goddammit, I hate that piece of s–t!’ That’s all I want. I don’t want anything more than that. I don’t want anything less than that. I want to be remembered as someone who was goddamn really good at making people mad. Real mad. Do you want to know why? Because I love making people mad. It is my favorite pastime. And back to the guys that really took the time to mentor me like [Curt] Hawkins, Pat [Buck], Sami Callihan, he took a lot of time with me, I just want to be able to take all these dudes who invested time and effort put into me and give it back 10-fold just by being the goddamn best.”
A fight erupted early Sunday at a hotel bar involving a suspected Mongol biker member that drew the attention of 10 patrol cars, but no serious injuries were reported, police said.
In addition, police said Sunday no arrests were made.
Police have been on high alert this weekend after agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alerted local authorities the motorcycle gang had a rally planned in the city.
The Mongols have been called the “most violent and dangerous” outlaw motorcycle gang in the nation, according to the Department of Justice website.
On Friday and Saturday, local police beefed up their presence in the Fort Worth Stockyards after ATF warned the Mongols were planing a rally there.
Patrol officers responded to the fight call shortly after 1:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth-Fossil Creek, 2540 Meacham Blvd.
Witnesses told police a man began a verbal argument with a man wearing biker attire.
“They began to have a physical altercation,” said Officer Tracy Cater in a Sunday email.
Police did not provide any more details on the altercation, but a man and a woman suffered minor injuries, police said.
Detectives continued on Sunday to investigate the fight.
Hours before the fight, the Star-Telegram spoke to four Mongols members outside White Elephant bar in the Fort Worth Stockyards s and they said all the warnings were all misconceptions.
Police had not reported any other major incidents with the Mongols.
None of the men wanted to provide their names. Only one, who had on a backwards hat and others described as their “boss” provided a nickname; Blade.
“We like to go places and hang out with our brothers and spend money in local shops,” he said.
Staff writer Kayle Johnson contributed to this report.
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