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Film star, fitness inspiration, and all-around nice guy Joe Manganiello has been very vocal about his love for the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, so when an internet troll took a pot-shot at his beloved hobby, he was quick to come to his fellow “geeks’” defense.
All Elite Wrestling wrestler and internet troll Maxwell Jacob Friedman took a jab at the “nerds” who play Dungeons & Dragons in a tweet on Tuesday. He shared a selfie of himself flexing with the caption,” I don’t play dungeons and dragons [sic].”
Manganiello had just two words for him, “I do.” He tweeted his reply with a photo of his Muscle & Fitness cover.
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) September 18, 2019
Friedman clapped back, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself Joey.”
MJF’s tweet may have been prompted by his upcoming match against Brandon Cutler, who has been open about his love for the game. It’s a clever ploy to stir up hype around their match, which will take during AEW’s television premiere on October 2. However, Friedman has made a reputation for being a bully and internet troll, applying his in-the-ring persona to his real life. His current pinned tweet reads:
I don’t care if you people like it or not.
I’m the future.
— Maxwell Jacob Friedman™️ (@The_MJF) May 26, 2019
Manganiello wasn’t the only one who had something to say to Friedman. Voice actor and host of Twitch’s most popular Dungeons & Dragons stream Critical Role, Matt Mercer, also came to the community’s defense.
Sounds like you probably had a bad introduction to D&D, friend. No worries! I did too! With the right group, and a bit of trust, you’ll have the time of your life. Heck! Maybe ask @BranCutler to run a game for you after he picks you up off the mat! <3
— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) September 18, 2019
Friedman only doubled down, replying: