“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry Reveals Why He Changed His Ring Name (Exclusive)

Jungle Boy has reached a turning point in his career. The 25-year-old wrestler has left the tag division for the first time in his AEW career to pursue singles competition after former partner Luchasaurus and former manager Christian Cage turned on him. With this new direction also came a revamped presentation, as Jungle Boy has been given a nickname, with the former AEW World Tag Team Champion now using his real name Jack Perry.

Speaking to Liam Crowley of ComicBook.com, Perry revealed that he originally wanted to stay away from using his real name as a way to separate his personal and professional life.

“I initially went with the whole Jungle Boy thing as a way of not being myself or more of what people thought I was,” Perry said. “It was my way of really getting people to look at my wrestling, which was really important to me. I wanted people to just see me do what I did in the ring. I didn’t want to talk or have a character that other people made me trying to impose. It was like I’m Jungle Boy. I don’t talk, I don’t do anything. You just have to watch what happens in the ring. A lot of that was to avoid my personal life in a way.”

The reason for the shift is now due to the nature of the feud, as Cage has regularly brought up Perry’s family on AEW programming.

“Christian just blows all that out of the water and goes crazy saying all those things every week,” Perry continued. “At that point it’s kind of like, what am I waiting for? This seems like the time to go for it.”

Since the founding of AEW, Perry has always been positioned as a young star in which the company would invest for the long term. That was exemplified in a September 2021 promo from Maxwell Jacob Friedman, where the upcoming AEW world title challenger proclaimed himself, Perry, Sammy Guevara and Darby Allin as the “pillars” of AEW.

Looking back at that promo a year later, Perry is confident in his in-ring work, but is starting to focus on fine-tuning elements that exist outside the squared circle.

“Growing up I really wanted to be a great wrestler. That was the part that appealed to me, was inside the ring what people would do, which I thought was the same for everyone,” said Perry. “That’s what I always strived for to get better in that part. I feel pretty confident now. After three years I could go in there with any wrestler in the world and have a good one and stay with them. I think that that’s what I’ve been trying to do, and I think I’ve proven that time and time again. Now I want to focus on the other things, which I realize are more important than I ever thought.”

One of those things is promos, which Perry thinks he’s been making progress over the past 365 days.

“For me, that’s not something I enjoy doing, and it’s not something I’ve been particularly comfortable with. So over the last year I’ve focused more on slowly getting better at that, and I’m a lot more confident about it now “It’s not my favorite thing in the world, and I don’t come to work and say, ‘Please give me a microphone and let me talk for 10 minutes.’ I’m far from the best at it, but it makes me feel much better. Those kinds of things are things I’d like to keep growing into.’

Perry will fight Luchasaurus in a steel cage on Saturday, November 19 AEW full equipment.

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