AEW President Tony Khan has announced that Jake Atlas has officially signed with the company.
After making his debut on a recent episode of AEW Dark, it has now been confirmed that Jake Atlas is All Elite. On debut, Atlas defeated Serpentico in under three minutes before being greeted by Tony Khan as he made his way back up the ramp.
Posting on social media, Khan congratulated Atlas on winning his try-out match, adding that he was looking forward to seeing him at Dynamite.
Congratulations on winning your tryout match last night, Jake Atlas! What a great @AEW debut, and now @kennymarquez, I’ll see you Tomorrow night in Newark at the debut of #AEWDynamite on @TBSNetwork! Safe travels, and…
Welcome to the team! #JakeAtlas is All Elite! pic.twitter.com/b9oDuGLZWZ
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 4, 2022
Prior to that match on AEW Dark, Atlas had been out of action since appearing at Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonour show back in September. After being defeated by Taylor Rust, Atlas said he was stepping away from the ring, with many suspecting that he was retiring for good. Especially as it appeared that the match had ended abruptly, causing some speculation that Atlas may have been concussed or injured.
Posting on social media after the show, Atlas explained that he wasn’t injured, but he was stepping away from professional wrestling. In the statement, the former NXT Superstar urged others to take their mental health seriously.
“I’m not concussed or “banged up.” I simply just can’t keep going anymore. Take your mental health seriously, both for yourselves & for each other, because we only have one life to live. Thank you to anyone who did support me for 5 years. I didn’t do much, but what I did was fun.
I’m stepping away from wrestling completely right now so please don’t ask me to do interviews/appearances. I’d like my privacy to be respected. At 26 years old, I’ve got my entire life ahead of me & I’m choosing to explore completely different industries to find my passion again.
Unfortunately, it was unhealthy for me the entire time. I just learned how to hide it really well. I hope that friends & fans I’ve made alike continue to support me no matter what.
I have major anxiety just having done that, please be sensitive. Thank you.”
Jake Atlas joined WWE in 2018, signing a deal with the company a year later. He went on to appear on both NXT and 205 live before being released on August 6th 2021.
Atlas has been open about his metal health struggles since leaving WWE, praising the company for saving his life. The California native revealed that during his time with WWE, they had paid for him to attend therapy for six months.