Jungle Boy is getting his shot at glory on Saturday night Dynamite when he challenges Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship. Road to Saturday Night Dynamite profiled Jungle Boy’s opportunity to complete his path from zero to hero in AEW.
Jungle Boy struggled early when joining AEW, but he turned his career around and is on the cusp of becoming world champion.
Jungle Boy: In the beginning, I had the worst record in the entire company and being the champion seemed like something that was so far away, kind of impossible. So, over the past two years to have come this far and now be in a position where I could be the champion, it kind of shows me and I hope it would show a lot people you can do whatever it is you want to do. And so now, to have come all this way and to be wrestling Kenny Omega, widely regarded as the best wrestler in the world, and for the AEW Championship, it is something I’ve been waiting a long time for.
Jungle Boy had zero wins in 2019. He lost his first 8 contests in a mix of singles, tag team, and trios with Jurassic Express. It wasn’t until after a time limit draw against Chris Jericho in December that Jungle Boy started to improve his results in the ring. He began 2020 strong with a pair of trios wins, but he still came up short in high-profile bouts versus MJF, Cody Rhodes, Hangman Page & Kenny Omega, Young Bucks, and FTR. Jungle Boy closed out 2020 on a 10-match win streak. That momentum carried over into 2021 as he picked up a signature win over Dax Harwood and also won the Casino Battle Royale at Double or Nothing to earn his title shot against Omega. Jungle Boy is currently ranked #1 with a 9-1 singles record. Winning the title would complete his journey from zero to hero and build his legend.
The man. The myth. The legend of Jungle Boy. pic.twitter.com/982Lpid2wO— All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT) June 3, 2021
In a bit of an ironic twist, Omega had a part in influencing Jungle Boy to become a wrestler.
Jungle Boy: There’s no way that Kenny Omega would know this, but he’s actually been a very influential person in my life. I went to college for a year. That was a rough time for me, because I felt like I didn’t really know where my life was going. I didn’t really know what I was doing with it. And I remember that year in my little dorm room watching wrestling clips on my phone, I discovered Kenny Omega. And immediately, I felt this excitement that I hadn’t felt from wrestling in a really long time.
Even though Omega will be Jungle Boy’s toughest opponent, JB is going into the fight with a positive attitude.
Jungle Boy: It is probably going to be the toughest challenge of my life, but I have a lot of momentum coming into this. And I think if I play my cards right, I believe I can do it.
Omega is the favorite due to being the Best Bout Machine. With the Elite in his corner as well, that makes him a heavy favorite to retain the belt. To add a little bit of uncertainty, Tony Schiavone questioned Omega’s ego being out of control and Excalibur raised the issue of Omega losing his marbles.
Excalibur: There is something wrong with him (Omega) mentally, and no one knows how quickly he’s deteriorating. But I think Jungle Boy has a very real chance of walking out of Saturday night Dynamite as the AEW World Champion.
They also referenced Mr. Brodie Lee shocking the world to squash Cody Rhodes on his way to winning the TNT title the last time Dynamite occurred on a Saturday night.
Did Road to Saturday Night Dynamite sell you on Jungle Boy’s chances to become world champion? Or do you think the result is a foregone conclusion?