Jay White signed a contract with AEW, meaning he won’t be going to WWE. He certainly had that opportunity, and the company already knew how they would use him.
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“Switchblade” Jay White is in AEW, and Sean Sapp reported behind Fightful’s paywall that he inked a multi-year deal. This came as a surprise to a lot of people, including some in WWE, who actually thought that there was still a chance that they would land him.
White signed with All Elite Wrestling on what Fightful Select has confirmed is a multi-year contract. Fightful was able to learn that the deal was in place ahead of WWE WrestleMania 39, and WWE sources were aware that he would not be coming in by then.
White’s impending free agency first hit our radar around Wrestle Kingdom, when we learned WWE had interest in White. In the following weeks, WWE were even confident they’d land White. Along the way we’re told that Triple H and William Regal both showed interest. However, WWE higher ups said that the company “failed to communicate properly along the process,” before noting that AEW landing him over WWE was could have been product of Vince McMahon’s returns and the lack of main roster hires since then. There were communications between Jay White and both WWE and AEW.
It was also noted that “there were even tentative creative plans made for Jay White in WWE.” Although higher ups knew “time was ticking on getting a deal done,” some in WWE hoped to land him.
WWE is going through a sale right now, so it might not be the safest bet for his future to take their deal. AEW had guaranteed money on the table as well, and it seems that Tony Khan’s company isn’t going anywhere for years, either. This could have all played into Jay White’s decision.
Jay White stepped foot in AEW before, but it appears that he will be around much more often now. This is certainly an interesting situation, but it appears he made a decision between WWE and AEW.
What’s your take on Jay White ending up in AEW? Do you think he should have picked WWE? Sound off in the comments!