While some AEW fans may have seen it coming, there was certainly a shock in store at Forbidden Door for HOOK when Jungle Boy Jack Perry viciously turned on him.
Jack Perry is a frustrated man and that frustration boiled over at Forbidden Door where he chose to implode his friendship with the cold-hearted handsome devil HOOK. The two men have formed an association on screen in recent months in AEW but JungleHOOK is clearly no more.
Perry’s problems in the company began when he and Luchasaurus lost the AEW Tag Team Championship to The Young Bucks in June 2022. That led to Perry’s mentor Christian Cage immediately turning his back on him and taking Perry’s longtime friend Luchasaurus with him.
Eventually, Jungle Boy got the better of both men in brutal matches as he defeated Luchasaurus inside a steel cage before he defeated Christian in a Final Burial match at Revolution in March 2023.
At the following AEW pay-per-view, Jack Perry set out on his quest for gold again which he has become obsessed with as he took part in the Pillars four-way match for the AEW World Championship. In the end, the chaos of the match gave MJF the opportunity to slink away with his title intact.
At Forbidden Door, Jack Perry took advantage of SANADA’s open challenge as he answered the call to face him for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. SANADA proved to be too much, however, as he defeated Perry to retain his title.
After the match HOOK – who Perry had asked to be in his corner for the match – helped his friend up the ramp and raised his hand to let Perry take in the adulation from the crowd for a hard-fought effort. Perry then proved he did learn something from Christian Cage after all as he took out HOOK with a vicious clothesline.
Perry then mocked the fans in Toronto who showered him a “you f*cked up” chant – a chant that HOOK’s father Taz agreed with wholeheartedly on commentary. Jack Perry then had a long look at HOOK’s FTW Title belt before throwing it at his now-former partner.