Jay White made a surprise return to AEW on the April 5th episode of Dynamite, but that was far from a one-off.
On the show, White ran to the ring to attack Ricky Starks, joining forces with fellow former NJPW star Juice Robinson.
It was revealed shortly after this appearance that White had signed with AEW, putting to bed any speculation linking him with WWE.
A week later, White and Robinson appeared in a backstage segment where Switchblade promised that the pair were just getting started. As the duo took shots at Starks they recalled the history of Bullet Club and their partnership before White declared that this would be “Bullet Club Gold.”
“Absolute Ricky Starks, the catalyst of professional wrestling is here to claim what is rightfully his.
This is only the beginning, this is going to be the greatest era of Bullet Club ever. This is Bullet Club Gold.”
Bullet Club was formed back in 2013 by Prince Devitt (Finn Balor) in NJPW. In the decade since its formation, the group has been home to many of the premier wrestlers in the world such as Kenny Omega, AJ Styles, the Young Bucks, and Cody Rhodes.
This is only the beginning. #BulletClub is taking over #AEW 💥👊@JayWhiteNZ It’s #AEWDynamite LIVE on TBS! pic.twitter.com/5Fk2nrykOz
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) April 13, 2023
WWE Had Jay White On A Silver Platter
Prior to signing with AEW, Jay White had been heavily linked with a move to WWE. It became something of an open secret that the company is high on the star, and it was reported that Switchblade had spoken with AEW and WWE in recent months.
However, despite being confident of securing White’s signature, it became clear over WrestleMania 39 weekend that White wouldn’t be joining WWE.
Speaking in a recent interview, Chris Jericho stated that this proves how well AEW is currently doing as WWE had White on a “silver platter” but he chose to become All Elite.