Plenty of wrestlers often name their dream opponents, either in interviews or social media posts. But “Switchblade” Jay White is the exception to this pattern, as he recently explained that he doesn’t spend his time thinking about who he’d like to face.
During an appearance on The Sessions With Renee Paquette, the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion was asked if there’s anyone he eagerly wants to face, and he explained that he doesn’t. He noted that when he’s not working, he doesn’t tend to give it much thought.
“No, but I feel like a lot of people say that because they wanna say like, ‘Oh, I’m not bothered,'” said White. “But I really don’t sit here and think about if I wanna wrestle someone. It takes up enough of my time so when I’m not at wrestling, I don’t wanna think about it.”
White then opted to offer a more specific answer to humor people, and he named 14-time world champion Randy Orton. “Switchblade” described how the WWE star was the first wrestler that he got invested in when he first started watching.
“I sometimes think I should have a bit of a better answer for that, to at least humor people, so I think the easiest one to do with is, I’ll just say Randy Orton,” said White. “When I first started watching in 2004, he was kind of the first guy that I got behind. He had just left Evolution and the first pay-per-view event I watched was Survivor Series 2004, the elimination thing with him and Triple H. Randy was probably the first guy I got behind, so I’m just gonna say him.”
The NJPW star admitted that this match is probably unlikely, as Orton has made it clear that he intends to stay with WWE for the foreseeable future. For this reason, White made it clear that he wouldn’t be too upset if the bout never happened.
“Yeah I can’t imagine [Orton becoming a free agent] ever happening, and again, if that doesn’t happen, it’s no lost sleep here,” said White. “But it was a bit of a better answer rather than me saying I don’t care.”
In the interview, White also named Finn Balor as another star he’d like to face, as they have a lot of history together.
White remains featured on NJPW STRONG, and he has also been working for IMPACT Wrestling somewhat frequently. He’ll face Steve Maclin and Chris Sabin at the IMPACT Rebellion pay-per-view on April 23.
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