The “Switchblade” Jay White is reportedly in talks with US-based wrestling promotion WWE following his loss to Kota Ibushi at WrestleKingdom 15.
Initially reported by Wrestling, Inc. WWE has expressed interest in the 28-year-old former Bullet Club leader Jay White, following his loss to Kota Ibushi in the main event of night two of WrestleKingdom 15 for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental championships.
White, appeared in the backstage area following the loss and spoke candidly saying that he, “simply was done with pro wrestling and just wanted to go home after the sacrifices he made.” Initially believed to be an angle by many fans and media members alike it was later reported by the Super-J Cast that White’s contract status within New Japan is uncertain and that the WWE has been making strong offers for him to come to the US and perform here.
“Several sources have indicated there is some doubt whether Jay White will extend his NJPW contract, rumored to be up at the end of the month,” Super J-Cast wrote. “WWE are believed to be making a strong play for him and it’s 50/50 whether he stays or goes.”
The WWE has had a lot of success in recent years signing away top stars from Japanese-based promotions and allowing them to establish a large foothold in western fan bases. With the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, The Good Brothers Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and Finn Balor as well as many others making the jump from Japan to the United States in recent years all to varying degrees of success and acclaim.
If White were to chose to come across to the WWE he would immediately be put in an AJ Styles position seemingly making a debut and becoming an immediate impact player in the promotion. However, if he was to choose to stay in New Japan it is hard to argue that he would not be rewarded for his loyalty.