Jay White is a massive pickup for any promotion and matches such as these await him in All Elite Wrestling.
Jay White is All Elite. That was the message that was made loud and clear within the first ten minutes of the April 5 episode of AEW Dynamite. The former IWGP World Heavyweight, Heavyweight, United States, and NEVER Openweight Champion is firmly entrenched in the roster of AEW. As he and Juice Robinson set their sights on Ricky Starks, one can only hope for some of the big matches to come. Looking at the AEW roster, these are three individuals that stand out as hopeful opponents for Switchblade.
Swerve Strickland is in an interesting position on the AEW roster. He’s clearly a fan favorite, even as he shifts further into his heel persona. He and Keith Lee were such a pair that fans willed them into a brief run as AEW Tag Team Champions, but now that they’ve split it seems like both men are in a holding pattern. Strickland is one of those individuals that oozes star power, and he is one run away from being in title contention.
Imagine what White and Strickland could do against each other in a full-blown feud. The mix of styles would be compelling, but their abilities on the microphone would also shine. The two men have never shared the ring together, and if Tony Khan found a way to get them in the ring it would certainly be considered a “dream match.”
Buddy Matthews is one of those guys that remain in the role of sidekick, but fans want to see him rise in stature on his own. It looked like that moment was to come in WWE, but even after a strong run as Cruiserweight Champion, and a brief feud with Seth Rollins, none of that came to fruition. Now, he’s in AEW and a member of the House of Black, holding the AEW Trios Titles with Malakai Black and Brody King. Their paths don’t show any sign of meeting but think of the action that would come if he and White faced off in the ring.
It would be interesting to see how their styles would work in the ring. Matthews uses a mix of power and speed, while White moves with an air of finesse that’s rarely seen in the ring. This could be a great way to introduce White to a potential match with Black in the future as well.
And of course, there’s the potential match between Jay White and Kenny Omega. These two individuals have a story that makes a return bout in AEW a must. White defeated Omega for the IWGP US Title back in 2018. Omega picked up a victory over White two years prior to that. With a 1-1 record against each other in singles matches, giving them the spotlight in a singles feud would be a must-see television. This is one of those feuds that doesn’t need to be about the AEW World Championship, but the man who comes out on top would certainly be one step closer to that belt going around his waist.
Jay White was one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling, and AEW picked him up. This is a big get for the promotion at a time when it is gaining steam. There’s a lot to unpack as he carves out his place on the roster, but these are just three intriguing matches for Jay White’s future.