There are very strong rumors that NJPW’s Jay White is on his way out of the promotion with WWE looking like his next destination.
The 28-year-old from New Zealand is very popular in Japan where he made his debut for the promotion as Switchblade in 2015. He recently main evented Wrestle Kingdom 15, losing to Ibushi in a match for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles. During the post-show press conference, White expressed his desire to leave New Japan after the New Year Dash event.
The New Year Dash event, held three days ago on January 6, saw White team up with his Bullet Club team mates to lose to CHAOS in a 10-man tag team match.
White, who is a former IWGP Heavyweight, Intercontinental, and United States champion, has never wrestled for WWE and only did a few independent shows ever since he made his debut in 2013. He was trained by the NJPW Dojo and spent the majority of his pro wrestling career wrestling for NJPW.
The Super J-Cast podcast, a podcast dedicated solely to NJPW, tweeted that several sources have indicated there is some doubt whether Jay White will be extending his NJPW contract, “WWE are believed to be making a strong play for him and it’s 50/50 whether he stays or goes,” the tweet said. White’s contract is set to expire at the end of this month.