Jay White
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White in September 2019
Birth nameJamie White
Born (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 29)[1]
Auckland, New Zealand
Alma materOrewa College[2]
Spouse(s)
Savanna Price
(m. 2022)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Jay White[1]
Billed height186 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Billed weight100 kg (220 lb)[1]
Billed fromAuckland, New Zealand[3]
Trained byThe UK Kid[4]
NJPW Dojo[4]
Debut19 February 2013[1]

Jamie White (born 9 October 1992), better known by the ring name Jay White (ジェイ・ホワイト Jei Howaito), is a New Zealand professional wrestler signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) while also making appearances for Impact Wrestling. After starting his career in 2013, White joined NJPW the following year as a Young Lion. In June 2016, White left for an overseas excursion, during which he worked 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 and won the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship the following January. Later in 2018, he betrayed his fellow Chaos stablemates to join Bullet Club, eventually becoming the group's fifth leader. White is also a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion, IWGP Intercontinental Champion, and NEVER Openweight Champion, making him the fifth New Japan Triple Crown wrestler and the first New Japan Grand Slam champion.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2013–2014)

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. In early 2014, White met New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)'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.[6]

Shortly thereafter, White was contacted by Bad Luck Fale, who said that Devitt had spoken to NJPW officials about White and that he could get him a place as a young lion in the dojo if he wanted it.[7]

Several months later, White met with Fale, Devitt, and Shinsuke Nakamura in London, where White accepted their offer and began finalizing his visa to leave for the NJPW Dojo.[6]

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2015–2016)

White left for Japan on New Year's Eve 2015, began further training as a young lion upon his arrival, and made his debut for NJPW on 30 January 2015, losing to Alex Shelley.[8] 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 27 March competed in his biggest match to date when he was defeated by then-reigning IWGP Intercontinental Champion Kenny Omega in a non-title match.[9] White's final match in NJPW took place on 19 June 2016 at Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall, when he, David Finlay, and Juice Robinson were defeated by Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, and Manabu Nakanishi.[10] White left for his excursion to the United States the following week.

Ring of Honor (2016–2017)

White in January 2017
White in January 2017

Upon moving to the United States, White was first based in New Jersey, before moving to Detroit, where he lived with Alex Shelley.[11] White debuted in Ring of Honor (ROH) at the 25 June TV tapings, defeating Kamaitachi.[12] He teamed with The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) to defeat Kamaitachi and The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian). White and The Motor City Machine Guns eventually formed a stable named "Search and Destroy" with Jonathan Gresham and Lio Rush.[13][14] On 8 July, White defeated Lio Rush.[15] At the next set of TV tapings, White defeated Will Ferrara and wrestled Jay Briscoe to a time limit draw.[16]

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.[17] On 30 September, White teamed with Kushida and ACH to defeat The Briscoes and Toru Yano in a quarter final match in the ROH Trios Tag Team Championship Tournament.[18] White, ACH, and Kushida then defeated The Cabinet (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.[19]

On 6 June, White received his biggest title opportunity in his career at the time 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.

Revolution Pro Wrestling (2016–2017)

White debuted for England's Revolution Pro Wrestling on 12 August 2016, defeating Josh Bodom.[20] He returned on 26 August, defeating Mark Haskins.[21]

White competed once again for RPW on 21 January 2017, defeating Martin Stone.

Return to NJPW

Chaos (2017–2018)

On 5 November 2017, at Power Struggle, White returned to NJPW as the mysterious "Switchblade." He had been teased for the past several months, challenging Hiroshi Tanahashi to a match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome, before attacking him.[22] The following day, NJPW officially announced the match between Tanahashi and White for Wrestle Kingdom 12.[23] On 4 January, White was defeated by Tanahashi in the title match.


On 5 January, Jay teased joining Bullet Club; however, White then betrayed Kenny Omega by attacking him with a Blade Runner. A day later, he joined the Chaos faction in order to face off against Bullet Club and Kenny Omega, claiming he needed backup in his fight against Bullet Club.[24]

On 28 January at the New Beginning in Sapporo, White defeated Omega to become the second IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion in the title's history. On 25 March, he went on to defend the title for the first time against Hangman Page at NJPW Strong Style Evolved Event in Long Beach, California. White would make his second successful title defence against David Finlay at Road to Dontaku. White would make his third defense of the title beating Punishment Martinez on night 2 of the ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds Tour in May.[25]

At Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall, White was pinned in a tag team match by Juice Robinson.[26] Because of this, White defended and lost the title to Juice at the G1 Special in San Francisco, ending his reign at 160 days and three successful title defenses.[27] White then competed in 2018 G1 Climax, where he competed in the A Block, where he ended with 12 points (six wins and three losses).[28] In the tournament, he scored major wins over the leader of Chaos, Kazuchika Okada,[29] as well as eventual winner Hiroshi Tanahashi, notably being the only person to defeat Tanahashi in the tournament.[30]

Bullet Club leader (2018–present)

Main article: Bullet Club

White in November 2017
White in November 2017

At Destruction, White attacked Tanahashi after his defense of his G1 briefcase. He then attacked Okada, and Okada's former manager Gedo ran out to apparently save Okada. However, he turned on him by hitting him with a chair, and aligning himself with White. On 8 October, at King Of Pro Wrestling, White was defeated by Hiroshi Tanahashi. After the match, he and Gedo attacked Tanahashi, only for Okada to stop it. They were soon joined by Jado and Bullet Club OG in what turned out to be a setup to attack Okada, with White, Gedo and Jado all completing their defection from Chaos to join Bullet Club, becoming the new leader of the faction.[31] At Wrestle Kingdom 13 on 4 January 2019, White defeated Okada.[32]

At New Year Dash!!, White would defeat Tanahashi in a 6-Man Tag match and would challenge Tanahashi for his newly won IWGP Heavyweight Championship at The New Beginning in Osaka.[33] At the event, he defeated Tanahashi to win his first world title.[34] At the NJPW Anniversary Event in March, White defeated NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay in a non-title champion vs. champion match.[35] At the G1 Supercard on 6 April, Okada defeated White for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, ending his reign at 54 days and no successful title defenses.[36] White then entered the 2019 G1 Climax, competing in the B Block. Despite losing his first three matches against Hirooki Goto,[37] Tomohiro Ishii[38] and Toru Yano,[39] White would make a comeback and win his next five matches against Jeff Cobb,[40] Shingo Takagi,[41] Taichi,[42] Jon Moxley[43] (being the first person to beat Moxley by pinfall) and Juice Robinson.[44] He would then defeat Tetsuya Naito to win the B Block and advance to the tournament finals.[45] However, he would be unsuccessful in winning the tournament after losing to A Block winner Kota Ibushi, finishing with an overall record of 12 points (six wins and three losses).[46][47] In the main event of Destruction in Kobe on 22 September, White defeated Naito to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the first time in his career in the main event.[48] At Power Struggle on 3 November, White successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship against Hirooki Goto.[49] However, he lost the championship back to Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 14 on 4 January 2020, ending his reign at 104 days.[50] He followed this with a victory over Kota Ibushi the next day he then defeatedSanada at The New Beginning in Osaka on 9 February.[51]

After an absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, White returned on the 21 August episode of Strong, teaming with Bullet Club partner Chase Owens in a loss to Villain Enterprises (Brody King and Flip Gordon).[52] He then participated in the 2020 G1 Climax in the A Block, which he ended with 12 points (six wins and three losses).[53] At Power Struggle, White defeated Kota Ibushi to become the first wrestler to win the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships challenge rights certificate from the G1 Climax winner.[54]

At Wrestle Kingdom 15, White lost to Ibushi, who had won the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships from previous champion Tetsuya Naito.[55] During a press conference with the company on 5 January, White expressed his desire to quit NJPW after New Year Dash!!, stating that he was "as close to death as he had ever been, and he would hopefully ever be."[56] At New Year's Dash the following day, White participated in a ten-tag team match with Bullet Club teammates Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Evil, and Yujiro Takahashi, against Chaos members Yoshi-Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii, Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto and Toru Yano, which they lost after Ishii pinned White.[57] After a month long hiatus, White returned on February 1 on the Road to the New Beginning show, attacking Ishii and continuing their feud.[58] At Castle Attack on 27 February, White defeated Ishii.[59] White went on to feud with Hiroshi Tanahashi, from whom he won the NEVER Openweight Championship at Wrestling Dontaku 2021,[60] making White the fifth man to win the New Japan Triple Crown and the first New Japan Grand Slam champion. On November 13, 2021 at Battle in the Valley Jay White lost the NEVER Openweight Championship to Tomohiro Ishii ending his reign at 195 days with 1 successful defense [61]

Impact Wrestling (2021–present)

Through NJPW's affiliation with Impact Wrestling, White made his unannounced debut for Impact at the end of the Slammiversary event on July 17, 2021, confronting former Bullet Club leader Kenny Omega, Don Callis and former Bullet Club members Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. Callis, Gallows and Anderson attempted to 'too sweet' White but the group was attacked by Sami Callihan, Juice Robinson and future NEVER Openweight Championship contender David Finlay, after which White hit Finlay with a bladerunner.[62]

The following week, White confronted Gallows and Anderson, which ended in the two beating down White, until Chris Bey, who White attempted to recruit to Bullet Club following Slammiversary, made the save.[63] On the July 29th episode of Impact, White and Bey lost to Gallows and Anderson.[64] On the next week's episode of Impact, White accompanied Bey to his match against Juice Robinson, which Bey would win. After the match, White would hand Bey a Bullet Club shirt, officially welcoming Bey into the group.[65]

All Elite Wrestling (2022)

White appeared in AEW on the February 9, 2022, episode of Dynamite, aiding Adam Cole and The Young Bucks in beating down Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero.[66] After a match between The Young Bucks and Roppongi Vice on the February 11 episode of Rampage, White attacked Beretta again, setting up a match between the two on following week's episode, which White won by pinfall, after hitting Beretta with the Bladerunner.

White returned on the April 20 episode of Dynamite, alongside Cole, interrupting Tony Khan and Takami Ohbari's announcement of an AEW and NJPW supershow on June 26, claiming the event would be "all about" The Undisputed Elite and the Bullet Club.[67]

Personal life

On 6 May 2022, White married Savanna Price.[68][69]

Championships and accomplishments

White as IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion

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Preceded byHiroshi Tanahashi 68th IWGP Heavyweight Champion February 11, 2019 – April 6, 2019 Succeeded byKazuchika Okada