This past Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite saw AEW World Champion MJF defend his championship against Daniel Garcia, which ended with MJF successfully retaining his title against Garcia. The former member of the JAS took part in a backstage interview shortly following the match and addressed coming up short and failing to become the AEW World Champion.
Garcia said, “You know, these losses that I keep seeming to take, they used to hurt a lot less. When you’re like the fresh, shiny new toy that keeps getting played with and played with, you know that these opportunities will keep coming and coming and these losses just used to hurt so much less than they do right now. When every veteran, every legend wants to work with you, it just hurts so much less. A loss at that time is almost like endearing or in a way charming. Look at you, you came so close to winning but think about what he could do in two years or three years and now that the time has passed, and I’m kind of in the same position, now a loss just feels like the end of the world. This loss, specifically, feels like the end of the world to me. I kind of don’t know where to go from here. Every week I go into the back locker room and people come in with their bags and it gets more and more crowded. This roster just keeps getting bigger and bigger and these opportunities that I’m talking about just get harder and harder to come by. Every week, I come here, I don’t know what I’m doing. I just don’t know when an opportunity like this is going to come again and I wish I had a big, fired up promo full of false confidence that I could give to you right now, but I don’t even think I’d believe that. I used to have so many people here tell me what they think is best for me but in a way, I don’t even know what’s best for myself. I just kind of feel lost, that’s all I really have to say.”
You can check out Garcia’s comments below.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) November 9, 2023
(H/T to Fightful for transcribing the above quotes)