Ever since Jay White lost to the double champion Kota Ibushi in the main event of night two of NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 15 Event for both the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles, he seemingly quit the promotion and there has been a lot of speculation regarding his future with NJPW especially since his profile has been removed from NJPW’s official site. Reports would then indicate that the WWE were making “a strong play” at Jay White and that Jay White had many people backing him and supporting him within the WWE.
According to Super J-Cast, White’s contract with NJPW is up at the end of the month, and it is “50/50 whether he stays or leaves” the company. Tony Schiavone noted on the AEW Dynamite Post-Show this past Wednesday night when asked about the possibility of Jay White signing with AEW sometime in the future that he doesn’t think Jay White will and that he thinks Jay White’s pretty much locked into what he’s doing in Japan.
Meltzer noted on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that prior to the promotion starting sometime in 2018, they had contacted White to sign with them. White reportedly also told AEW at the time that he had signed a seven-year deal with NJPW. In the past, White mentioned that signing a contract with WWE was not on his agenda or bucket list.