Professional wrestling has a new hottest free agent on the market, as 'Switchblade' Jay White is officially unattached following his NJPW contract's expiration.
The Super J-Cast tweeted as much on Thursday morning, stating that White is set to leave NJPW:-
Per sources, Jay White’s contract with NJPW has expired and he is set to leave the company.— Super J-Cast (@thesuperjcast) March 2, 2023
Thus ends the New Zealander's eight-year association with the market-leading puroresu group, which began when White entered the Young Lion system in 2015. Sent on a global excursion the following year, White returned to Japan under his 'Switchblade' guise in 2017, immediately shooting towards the top of the card through a rivalry with Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Installed as Bullet Club's new leader by the end of the following year, White went on to hold multiple singles titles in NJPW, including the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. He will ultimately go down as one of the most successful foreign wrestlers in the company's history.
AEW and WWE have both been speculated as potential landing spots for the 30-year-old. Recent reporting suggests that WWE, whose creative team has already started pitching creative ideas for White, are the favourites to land 'Switchblade', who is understood to be looking for a new challenge in the United States.