JERICHO NAMED JUNGLE BOY
Jericho recently appeared at The Hollywood Raw Podcast with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn where he was asked his choice for the next big superstar in the pro-wrestling industry. Jericho responded by naming Jungle Boy.
Jericho has, in AEW, faced Jungle Boy four times, once each in a singles match, a tag match, a six-person tag match and a 10-person tag match.
Jungle Boy is the son of the deceased Luke Perry, known for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 and Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale, as well as appearing in movies such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), 8 Seconds (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). The final film became his final feature performance.
Perry started his career on the independent circuit in 2015, making his professional wrestling debut at Underground Empire Wrestling’s, 2015 West Coast Cruiser Cup under the ring name Nate Coy. This is where he was given the name Jungle Boy when the crowd chanted it at him because of his similarities to Tarzan.
In February 2019, he formed a tag team with fellow independent wrestler Luchasaurus, dubbed “A Boy and His Dinosaur.” In May 2019, Perry wrestled and defeated actor David Arquette at a Bar Wrestling event, in a tribute match to Perry’s late father.
In January 2019, Perry signed with the upstart promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW). He made his AEW debut at the company’s inaugural event Double or Nothing, competing in the pre-show Casino Battle Royale, but he was eliminated by Jimmy Havoc. Soon after, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus allied themselves with Marko Stunt, creating a new faction dubbed the “Jurassic Express”, whose arrival was enhanced by promos in the style of wildlife documentaries.
HE ALSO SPOKE ABOUT THE THEFT OF THE AEW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jericho also spoke about the theft and retrieval of his AEW World Championship: “I think it was just a big sting. Hey man, we got this belt in here, come steal it. Then when they realized what they had and the fact that like, what are you going to do with this thing? You can’t sell it anywhere. It’s like stealing a ’59 Les Paul from Keith Richards. It’s worth 500 grand, but who’s going to buy it? Everyone knows Keith Richards lost the Les Paul. You know what I mean? I think when they realized that they couldn’t do anything with it, they just kind of left it on the side of the road for somebody to pick up and turn in to the police department.”