Jake Atlas has officially joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and is slated to appear on AEW: Dynamite’s TBS premiere on January 5. The news is confirmed by a Tweet from the AEW impresario himself, Tony Khan. Khan tweeted, “Congratulations on winning your tryout match last night, Jake Atlas! What a great AEW debut, and now @kennymarquez, I’ll see you Tomorrow night in Newark at the debut of #AEWDynamite on @TBSNetwork…”
Jake Atlas Signs With All Elite Wrestling
Congratulations on winning your tryout match last night, Jake Atlas! What a great @AEW debut, and now @kennymarquez, I’ll see you Tomorrow night in Newark at the debut of #AEWDynamite on @TBSNetwork! Safe travels, and…
Welcome to the team! #JakeAtlas is All Elite! pic.twitter.com/b9oDuGLZWZ
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 4, 2022
In his Tweet, Khan referred to Atlas’s victory on AEW Dark: Elevation in his match facing Serpentico. The announcement comes a week after it was reported that Atlas had appeared at tapings for Dark: Elevation, confirming speculation that he was signing with the quickly growing promotion that has rapidly emerged as competition to his former employer, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Atlas, a former member of the NXT roster, was released from WWE in August 2021. He was part of the same round of releases as Mercedes Martinez, who also recently made her AEW debut on December 29’s episode of AEW: Dynamite. A month after his release in September 2021, Atlas spoke to pop culture outlet Instinct Culture revealing that he had asked for his release months prior to being released by WWE in a very brief conversation with John Laurinaitis. Atlas cited his reason was the wish to prioritize his mental health.
Shortly after appearing at Ring of Honor’s event Death Before Dishonor, Atlas announced his retirement from professional wrestling, in September 2021, citing his mental health as his reasoning. Atlas took to Twitter to clarify speculation about his health following his Ring of Honor appearance. In a series of tweets, Atlas described his state of mind, his reasons for retirement, and appealed to his followers, “Take your mental health seriously, both for yourselves and for each other, because we only have one life to live.” Prior to the announcement of his retirement, was slated to make appearances at tapings of NJPW Strong.
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