If the current storyline between Wardlow and MJF feels familiar, that’s because it is, as he’s admitted there are comparisons between this and what Triple H and Batista did in WWE.
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Batista helped Wardlow love professional wrestling when McQueen was a kid, so it’s not surprising that they’ve already started to see similarities in their characters. McQueen told Shak Wrestling the character similarities are something they “didn’t notice until now.”
Batista was present when Wardlow was a child and loved professional wrestling, so it’s not surprising that they’ve started to see similarities in their characters. McQueen told Shak Wrestling that character similarities are something that “didn’t occur to them until now.”
“We kind of mirrored it in a way, it was very different but also the same. The crazy thing is this wasn’t my idea, I didn’t have any say-so in this. This just organically happened, my career just seems to be mimicking a little bit of Batista’s,” he said. “Yes, you can compare The Pinnacle to Evolution and can compare myself and Max to Triple H and Batista, it’s really unfolded very similar to how that did and it’s a really special thing because we didn’t plan it that way.”
While Wardlow makes up one of the few powerhouse wrestlers in AEW right now, he has capitalized on this with his Powerbomb Symphony. In recent months, wrestling “used to be all about the big guys,” which is not how it is in the present day where most of AEW’s top names are smaller wrestlers such as CM Punk and Bryan Danielson, but Wardlow doesn’t fit into that mold.
“I mean, the whole locker room was full of big guys,” he said in the past in wrestling. “So now, with the way wrestling is and the fact that I am one of the only bigger guys, gives me a huge opportunity to stand out and really be the monster of the company without much competition.”