Jake Something talks about his time with IMPACT Wrestling and that run coming to an end.
Jake Something spent a lot of time in IMPACT Wrestling as Cousin Jake, the cousin of Cody Deaner. However, when Cody Deaner made the decision to join Eric Young in Violent by Design, Jake something was allowed to let his true self shine toward the end of his run with IMPACT. Jake departed from the company in early 2022 and now continues to build his name on the independent circuit and on stages such as New Japan STRONG.
Speaking with Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp in a new interview, Jake had nothing but glowing things to say about his experience in IMPACT and how that run set the stage for his time with New Japan STRONG and further opportunities.
"I loved IMPACT. It was really cool. But, you know, it was time. You know the very generic thing where everyone says. ‘You gotta better yourself and see what else is out there?’ That’s essentially what I did and it’s been very fruitful since I left. So I’m just gonna keep seeing what happens and I gotta lot of maybes in the future. So I’m excited. I’m excited to see where it goes."
Something went on to say that he can't really talk about any of those upcoming "maybes" but, he did recently work for New Japan. Asked about how Jake something in New Japan STRONG came to be, Jake credits "Switchblade" Jay White with offering to help get him booked on the American offshoot of NJPW.
"I don’t even know all the inner workings, so I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say who does what or whatever, but I had a decent amount of people put my name in the mix for New Japan," said Jake. "It was actually my last day at IMPACT, my match against Trey—which is one of my favorite matches. I was excited for the match and I did the match and I was like nervous. I’m like, ‘Shoot, I’m not gonna have a job. This is scary.’ I was kind of like, ‘Alright, here it goes.’
"As I was saying bye to everybody, saying bye to Jonah and Jay White and stuff and Jay was like, ‘Hey, man. I’m gonna try to get you on New Japan Strong.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, cool, thanks.’ Sometimes people just say that kind of stuff. He goes, ‘No,’ and he pulls out his phone and texts Rocky right there," Jake recalled. "‘Shit. Thanks, bro.’ Again, I had Josh Alexander—he’s awesome, he put my name out there a lot. There’s a few others, too. Maybe a month or two after that me and Rocky got in touch again and it was off to the races from there."
Jake says he's enjoying his time with NJPW STRONG, crediting the locker room as a unique melting pot in the world of professional wrestling.
"That place is awesome. I love it. Inside the ring, outside the ring, in the locker room, everything just feels good. It’s like a melting pot. There’s a lot of stuff going on and it’s like almost everyone can stand out. It’s unique."
Overall, Jake says he loved his time with IMPACT and they did offer him a deal, but he doesn't want to live in hypotheticals and wants to see what else is out there for him.
"It was awesome. It wasn’t like they didn’t offer me a deal. They did. But you gotta see what else is out there. Because if not then twenty years go down and you’re like, ‘Oh, shoot. What if?’ I don’t ever want to do ‘What if?’"
Jake continues to work regularly on the independent circuit and fans can follow his journey in New Japan and wherever else independent wrestling may take him, by following him on Twitter and Instagram.