In a landmark victory, Jack Perry rose above his former glory on Wednesday evening, etching his name into the annals of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) singles success. Perry emerged victorious over HOOK, securing the FTW Championship on "AEW Dynamite" in a thrilling face-off that saw the scales tipped in his favor.
With the referee momentarily incapacitated, Perry cleverly exploited the opportunity, delivering a decisive blow to HOOK's skull with the FTW Title belt. This strategic move ultimately secured Perry's triumph through a pinfall victory.
This win marked a significant milestone in Perry's career, the first time he has clinched a singles title in AEW. Until now, Perry was recognized for his reign as one-half of the AEW World Tag Team Champions, a title he shared with his partner, Luchasaurus.
Perry's Symbolic Entrance Transformation
Leading up to the match, Perry set the stage with a notable departure from the past, unveiling a revamped entrance theme. Initially, spectators heard the familiar strains of "Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora, which was abruptly interrupted.
An evocative video followed, depicting Perry in a barren desert, burying his old wrestling boots—a symbolic gesture indicating a fresh start. Back in the live arena, Perry made his way to the ring to the iconic First Movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, a departure from his usual theme.
Adding to the departure, he was introduced not as "Jungle Boy," but simply as Jack Perry. On the other end of the spectrum, HOOK experienced a bitter taste of defeat. This Wednesday night loss was the first in his nascent professional wrestling career.
HOOK made his wrestling debut on an episode of "Rampage" in December 2021, and it was an upward trajectory ever since. He snatched the FTW Championship from Ricky Starks last July and had been undefeated till the face-off with Perry, boasting an impressive career record of 34-0. Despite this defeat, HOOK's future in AEW still holds promise.