On the April 5th episode of AEW Dynamite, questions about Jay White’s post-NJPW future were answered as the star officially became All Elite.
The episode began in chaotic fashion with Juice Robinson set to take on Ricky Starks. However, just as Starks was getting to the ring, Jay White’s music hit and he attacked Starks before hugging Robinson.
Shortly after the shock appearance, Tony Khan announced that White had now signed with the company.
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.”
The signing caught many by surprise as White had been heavily linked with a move to the sports entertainment giant. It had been reported that the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion had been negotiating with both WWE and AEW, with the former increasingly confident of securing the deal. However, talk of White heading to WWE cooled significantly in recent days with a report stating that there was “no mention” of him internally over WrestleMania weekend.
“Tony Khan Has Painted Himself Into A Corner” – Konnan On AEW Signing Jay White
Speaking on the latest episode of Keepin’ It 100, longtime wrestling veteran Konnan chimed in on White’s latest signing, saying that while he’s see the star cut some good promos, he doesn’t believe Tony Khan has the television time to devote to him.
“I’ve seen him do some good promos. He doesn’t come off like a star and the problem is that Tony [Khan] has painted himself into a corner. You know when you watch these shows like ‘Cribs’ and sh*t like that and the guy has got like 50 cars and you’re like, ‘Okay, when do you find time to drive them? Do you drive one every day, what’s the deal here?'”
Continuing, Konnan said that White doesn’t stand out among the field of talented performers in All Elite Wrestling.
“He’s just another great wrestler in a promotion full of great wrestlers. What’s your gimmick? What’s your gimmick? That you’re a part of the Bullet Club? And?”