Former AEW World Tag Team Champion Jack Perry has addressed recent reports suggesting he was released from AEW, stating that his request for release was denied.

Perry made his debut with New Japan Pro Wrestling at NJPW Battle In The Valley, where he attacked Shota Umino. Since then, he has participated in the New Japan Cup tournament and aligned himself with the House of Torture faction.

This marked Perry’s first wrestling appearance since the AEW All In London event, where he was involved in a backstage altercation with CM Punk, leading to his suspension and Punk’s departure from AEW.

Reports suggested that AEW CEO Tony Khan was displeased with Perry over the incident. However, Khan stated in recent interview that Perry would return to AEW.


Perry has clarified that he requested his release from AEW after the events at AEW All In London, but it was denied. He claimed that despite not hearing from Khan for two months after the incident, he did not initiate contact to apologize.

Khan later arranged meeting before Full Gear, where they discussed Perry’s potential return. However, plans changed due to CM Punk’s WWE return at Survivor Series 2023.

Although Perry wanted to compete at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom, logistical issues prevented it. He worked with Rocky Romero and Khan to organize his NJPW run.

Despite being under contract with AEW, Perry stated there are no current plans for his return and he hasn’t spoken to Khan in months.

Additionally, Perry has not received clearance for his storyline actions in NJPW, such as tearing up his AEW contract at Battle In The Valley or adopting the nickname “Scapegoat.”

Ringside News will provide updates on Perry’s AEW status as they become available.

Do you think AEW should have granted Jack Perry his release from the company? Let us know in the comments below.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

Disqus Comments Loading...