Jay White: 2022 Biography, Net Worth, Family, Income
Jamie White, better known under his ring name Jay White, is a professional wrestler currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, he got his start in wrestling after being trained under The UK Kid at Varsity Pro Wrestling in England.
He made his debut on October 19th, 2013, in a losing effort to Nathan Cruz, which took place in New Brighton, England. Through 2013 and 2014, Jay White competed predominantly in England and France for companies such as VPW, Wrestling Stars and All Star Wrestling.
In a 2022 interview with Renée Paquette, Jay White revealed that he met Finn Balor (then Prince Devitt) in early 2014. White credits Devitt with helping him get his start in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Devitt introduced Jay White to Bad Luck Fale, who offered White a spot as a young lion at the famous NJPW Dojo. White accepted the offer and left for Japan on December 30th, 2014.
Upon his arrival, White trained at the dojo and made his New Japan debut on January 30th, 2015, in a losing effort to Alex Shelley. During his rookie year in Japan, he lost most of his matches. However, White would have the opportunity to team up with big names like Jushin “Thunder” Liger, KUSHIDA and Mascara Dorada. His first victory came on the 7th night of NJPW’s Road to Destruction 2015, where he defeated David Finlay in just under eight minutes.
Jay White’s excursion to the USA in 2016 landed him a role with Ring of Honor. His ROH run got off to a good start when he defeated Kamaitachi (AKA Hiromu Takahashi) in his first match at ROH Wrestling #252. With a few wins under his belt, White formed the faction “Search and Destroy” with Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Jonathan Gresham and Lio Rush.
Though White wasn’t involved in many top storylines in Ring of Honor, he did rack up several impressive wins. In 2016, he won singles matches against Donovan Dijak, Joe Hendry and Christopher Daniels. He would also wrestle for Rev Pro in the UK on top of his ROH duties. Towards the end of the year, Jay White entered a tournament to crown the inaugural ROH Trios Tag Team Champions. He chose KUSHIDA and ACH as his partners. The team made it all the way to the finals before losing to The Kingdom at ROH Final Battle 2016.
White moved up the card in 2017 as he competed for more championships in Ring of Honor. In January, he lost a Six Man Mayhem match for the ROH Television Championship, which was ultimately won by Donovan Dijak. He attempted to get revenge on The Kingdom at ROH Undisputed Legacy, teaming with the Motor City Machine Guns. The “Search and Destroy” pairing beat The Kingdom in a match for the Six Man Tag Team Titles, albeit via disqualification. Next, White teamed with Lio Rush in a losing effort to The Young Bucks for the ROH Tag Team Titles.
His most significant title opportunity came in April 2017, when he earned a shot at Christopher Daniel’s ROH World Title at the Gateway to Gold event. The match was contested under Triple Threat rules, also involving Punishment Martinez. However, Christopher Daniels won the match to retain his title. White wrestled for ROH until October of that year before travelling back to Japan: his excursion now complete.
A mysterious character known as “Switchblade” started to be teased by NJPW in late 2017. At Power Struggle on November 5th, Jay White was revealed as the Switchblade. He confronted Hiroshi Tanahashi and challenged him for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 12. This was followed by an assault on Tanahashi, establishing White as a heel.
White’s challenge was unsuccessful. Hiroshi Tanahashi retained his championship in nineteen minutes. The following day, Jay White teased joining the famous Bullet Club faction before turning on their leader Kenny Omega to join CHAOS, led by Kazuchika Okada. At 2018’s New Beginning in Sapporo, Jay White defeated Kenny Omega for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. This was a title he held for 160 days, racking up successful defences against “Hangman” Adam Page, David Finlay and Punishment Martinez. He was eventually toppled by Juice Robinson at Dominion 2018. White then entered the 2018 G1, performing well and defeating two of NJPW’s biggest stars in Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Still, he was not successful in winning the tournament.
After successfully defeating Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi at the G1, Jay White developed a chip on his shoulder. This developed into him attacking Tanahashi and Okada at Destruction 2018. At King of Pro Wrestling, White doubled down with his turn on the leader of CHAOS. He, Gedo and Jado assaulted Okada with help from the Bullet Club, formalising their defection from CHAOS to become the Bullet Club’s newest members. At Power Struggle, White challenged Okada to a match “anytime and anywhere,” which NJPW management decided would occur at Wrestle Kingdom 13. Jay White defeated his former leader Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Kingdom in less than fifteen minutes.
Following his victory over Okada, Jay White set his sights on Hiroshi Tanahashi and his IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He challenged Tanahashi at The New Beginning in Osaka 2019 and won, successfully claiming his first-ever world championship. Alas, his first run as champion did not follow this triumph. He lost the title to Kazuchika Okada at the 2019 ROH/NJPW G1 Super-card.
Jay White did not let this failure slow him down, however. When the 2019 G1 came around, he performed his best to date. He made it to the G1 finals before ultimately losing to Kota Ibushi. At Destruction in Kobe 2019, White finally got his hands on gold again after defeating Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. White defended the title against Hirooki Goto but lost the title back to Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 14.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced Jay White and other NJPW talent to take an absence in 2020. White returned in September to participate in the G1. He did not win or even reach the finals of the G1. However, he did beat eventual winner Kota Ibushi at Power Struggle 2020 to win the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships challenge rights certificate. This means Jay White would have the right to main event the next Wrestle Kingdom show, despite Kota Ibushi winning the G1.
Before Wrestle Kingdom 15, however, Kota Ibushi had won the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships from Tetsuya Naito, meaning that Jay White would once again have to face Ibushi. White lost to Ibushi in the 2021 main event of Wrestle Kingdom 15 in a forty-eight-minute bout. After losing Ibushi, White entered a feud with Tomohiro Ishii, defeating the Stone Pitbull at Castle Attack 2021. He then went on to feud with Hiroshi Tanahashi. Jay White defeated Tanahashi for the NEVER Openweight Championship at Wrestling Dontaku 2021. This victory was made even more special because this completed White’s NJPW Triple Crown and also made him the first-ever NJPW Grand Slam champion, winning every belt available to him.
He lost the belt to Tomohiro Ishii at 2021’s Battle in the Valley and then took a break from New Japan. During this time, he appeared for IMPACT Wrestling in America. White competed in several matches for Impact between 2021-2022, mainly tag matches involving the Bullet Club, but also held singles victories over Alex Shelley and Eric Young.
Jay White also made appearances in All Elite Wrestling in 2022, aligning himself with The Young Bucks. His AEW debut came on February 16th, when he defeated Trent Beretta on a Rampage episode.
He returned to New Japan at Wrestling Dontaku 2022, confronting Kazuchika Okada and challenging him for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The match occurred at Dominion 2022, with Jay White defeating Okada and claiming the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
His next stop was a return to AEW to build the first-ever joint Pay-Per-View between AEW and NJPW: Forbidden Door. On June 15th, 2022, he attacked “Hangman” Adam Page from behind, thanks to a distraction from Adam Cole. A Fatal Four-Way match was set for Forbidden Door, pitting Jay White against “Hangman” Adam Page, Adam Cole and Kazuchiki Okada. Jay White won the bout, retaining his title after pinning Adam Cole.
Back in NJPW, White entered the G1 but was unsuccessful in making it to the finals. At Declaration of Power 2022, Jay White defended his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Tama Tonga, which set his next match for the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom 17. At the event in 2023, Jay White is set to defend his championship against the winner of the 2022 G1, Kazuchika Okada.
No data is currently available for Jay White’s net worth.
Jay White married Savanna Price on May 6th, 2022, in Florida.
No data is currently available for Jay White’s income.
According to Cagematch.net, throughout his 9-year career so far, Jay White has competed in 651 matches. He has won 271, lost 377 and drawn 3, putting his winning percentage at 41.6%.
Figures are correct as of December 24th 2022.
- IWGP World Heavyweight Champion – 1 time
- IWGP Heavyweight Champion – 1 time
- IWGP Intercontinental Champion – 1 time
- NEVER Openweight Champion – 1 time
- IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion – 1 time
In October 2020, Jay White helped raise $22,622.79 for Black Lives Matter. This was achieved through selling a special edition shirt via Pro Wrestling Tees.
|Residency||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Endorsements||Black Lives Matter|
Jay White Latest News
Top Free Agent In Talks With WWE And AEW
One of the biggest free agents in wrestling is reportedly in talks with both WWE and AEW.
AEW & NJPW Confirm Forbidden Door 2
AEW and NJPW will once again be partnering to present Forbidden Door.
Major Sign Jay White Is Not Signing With The WWE
The deal to take Jay White to WWE might not be as cut and dried as people think.
Jay White Now A Free Agent
A new report has now revealed that Jay White's contract with New Japan Pro-Wrestling has expired.
Jay White Officially Banned From NJPW
Jay White's NJPW era came to a shocking end in San Jose at Battle in the Valley.
Top NJPW Star Confirms WWE Talks
One of NJPW's top stars has confirmed that WWE has been "knocking hard" on his door.
Major Free Agent In Play To Join WWE
WWE is reportedly chasing a huge free agent and their name is NOT Jay White.
Huge Stipulation Added To Jay White Vs. Eddie Kingston Bout At NJPW Battle In The Valley
The outcome of the bout between Eddie Kingston and Jay White at Battle in the Valley will have major implications for one star's future!
Tony Khan Drops Fresh Hint About AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2
AEW President Tony Khan gave the clearest indicator yet that fans can expect a Forbidden Door 2!
NJPW Talent Confident Jay White Isn’t Joining WWE
Despite the rumours, one veteran isn't convinced that Jay White will be signing with WWE to conquer America.
Update On Jay White As WWE Speculation Grows
A new report has given an update on Jay White's future as rumours of a switch to WWE continue to grow.
Top AEW Star Pulled From Event Due To Injury
A top AEW star was pulled from an event over the weekend after suffering an injury.
Top NJPW Star Set To Leave Japan
Following the events at NJPW New Beginning in Osaka, a top star will now leave Japan.
NJPW New Beginning In Osaka Results
NJPW New Beginning will see Okada defend the IWGP World Heavyweight Title while either Jay White or Hikuleo will be forced to leave Japan.
WWE Media Partner Teases Huge Star To Make Royal Rumble Debut
According to WWE Media Partner BT Sport, a huge star could be debuting in WWE at the upcoming Royal Rumble!