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Jay White
White
Born October 10, 1992
Auckland, New Zealand
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Jay White
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 90 kg (200 lb)
Trained By NJPW Dojo
UK Kid
Debut Febuary 19, 2013

 

Jay White (born 10 October 1992) is a New Zeland professional wrestler signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). After starting his career in 2013, White joined NJPW the following year as a "young lion". In June 2016, White left for an overseas learning excursion, during which he worked most notably for the American Ring of Honor (ROH) and the British Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW) promotions through NJPW's international partnerships. White eventually returned to NJPW in November 2017.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Early career (2013-2014)Edit

White initially trained under The UK Kid at Varsity Pro Wrestling in early 2013, and made his professional debut on 19 February, working for VPW as well as All Star Wrestling, among other promotions.[1] In early 2014, White met New Japan Pro Wrestling's Prince Devitt and competed alongside him in a tag team match for VPW. After the match, Devitt gave White his card and told him to keep in touch.[1] Shortly thereafter, White was contacted by Bad Luck Fale, who said that Devitt had spoke to NJPW officials about White and that he could get him a place as a young lion in the dojo if he wanted it.[1] Several months later, White met with Fale, Devitt and Shinsuke Nakamura in London, where White accepted their offer and began finalising his visa to leave for the NJPW dojo.[1]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2015-2016)Edit

White left for Japan on New Year's Eve 2014, began further training as a young lion upon his arrival, and made his debut for NJPW on January 30, 2015, losing to Alex Shelley.[2] White lost all but eight of his matches in 2015, as is common for young lions in NJPW. In 2016, White began gaining more victories, and on March 27 competed in his biggest match to date when he was defeated by then-current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Kenny Omega in a non-title match.[3] White's final match in NJPW took place on 19 June 2016 at Dominion 6.19, when he, David Finlay and Juice Robinson were defeated by Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Manabu Nakanishi.[4] White left for his excursion to the United States the following week.

Foreign excursion (2016-2017)Edit

White debuted in Ring of Honor (ROH) on at the 25 June TV tapings, defeating Kamaitachi by disqualification[5] and teaming with The Motor City Machine Guns to defeat Kamaitachi and The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian). On 8 July, White defeated Lio Rush.[6] At the next set of TV tapings, White defeated Will Ferrara and wrestled Jay Briscoe to a time limit draw.[7] White debuted for England's Revolution Pro Wrestling on 12 August 2016, defeating Josh Bodom.[8] On 19 August, White competed in a fatal four way match against Kamaitachi, Lio Rush, and Donovan Dijak, which was won by Dijak. The following day, White and Rush were defeated by The Briscoe Brothers.[9] White returned to RPW on 26 August, defeating Mark Haskins.[10] On 30 September, White teamed with Kushida and ACH to defeat The Briscoes and Toru Yano in a quarter final match in the ROH Six-man Tag Team Championship Tournament.[11] White, ACH and Kushida then defeated Rhett Titus, Kenny King and Caprice Coleman in the semi-finals, but were defeated by The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O'Ryan) in the final at Final Battle.[12] White competed once again for RPW on January 21, 2017, defeating Martin Stone. On June 6th, White received his biggest title opportunity in his career when after winning a Battle Royal he unsuccessfully challenged Christopher Daniels for The ROH World Championship in a triple threat match. At Best in the World 2017 White, teaming with Search and Destroy defeated The Rebellion in a losers must disband match thus keeping the group together.

Return to NJPW (2017-Present) Edit

On November 5, White made his return to NJPW by revealing to be the so called "Switchblade", who had been teased for months, by attacking and challenging the IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • Kiwi Krusher (Sitout Fisherman Driver)
    • Shellshock (Swinging reverse STO) – adopted from Alex Shelley
  • Signature moves
    • Boston crab
    • Crossface
    • Missile dropkick
    • Dropkick
    • Boston Crab
    • Lariat
    • Ura-nage
  • Nicknames
    • "Switchblade"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Crossbody" by Yonosuke Kitamura[13]
    • "Rock the Night" by Europe (Used in ROH)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #363 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "INTRODUCING JAY WHITE - PART #1 BREAKING IN". ROH Wrestling. http://rohwrestling.com/news/introducing-jay-white-part-1-breaking. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  2. "NJPW Road To The New Beginning - Tag 1 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". Cagematch.net. 2015-01-30. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=123512. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  3. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. 2016-03-27. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=328724. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  4. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. 2016-06-19. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=336497. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  5. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=337266. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  6. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=338713. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  7. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=339335. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  8. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=341318. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  9. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=342310. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  10. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. 2016-08-26. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=344288. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  11. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. 2016-09-30. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=345075. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  12. "The World's Largest Wrestling Database". Wrestlingdata.com. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=345202. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  13. "Titantron music list". RMLabel. http://rmlabel-bg.strikingly.com/. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  14. http://www.profightdb.com/pwi/jay-white-11320.html

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