The hottest free agent in the pro-wrestling world, Jay White, has signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) instead of WWE. Switchblade turned fully “All Elite” on the April 5th edition of AEW Dynamite although he had appeared multiple times on AEW last year as well.
Before signing the dotted line for AEW, WWE was trying to sign him to their company too. Fightful Select reported that talks between the two were happening but finally the communication stopped towards the end.
According to Fightful, WWE had contacted wrestlers EJ Nduka and Jay White. Also Triple H, WWE’s Head of Creative, insisted that the details of their talks staying private. WWE’s talent acquisition officers William Regal and Bruce Prichard were reaching out to various talents at that time. Fightful says that although WWE was high on White, the communication between them had somehow stopped.
Fightful’s report said: “However, we have been told that A WWE higher up told some within the industry that they’re still talking to talent, and hope to be hiring again sooner than later…WWE had heavy interest in Jay White and would have loved to have had him, there wasn’t a lot of communication in the latter weeks before he got signed by AEW.”
Did Jay White reject WWE?
In the report, they also said that WWE wanted to sign Hikuleo, Tama Tonga and in bringing Naomi back. But it didn’t work out for the wrestling giant. Also many other free agents said that WWE had suddenly stopped responding to them too. Maybe there is a hiring freeze going on in WWE, the wrestling source speculates.
Jay White made his in-ring debut on AEW Dynamite on April 19th, defeating Kommander. He had formed a Bullet Club Gold faction with Juice Robinson a week earlier. AEW has clearly topped WWE in the hiring department this time.