One of the most prolific out gay pro wrestlers going today, Jake Atlas, appears to be ready for the big time. According to multiple reports, the purveyor of the LGB-DDT has signed a developmental contract with WWE.
Atlas’ signing comes after a relatively short but impactful career on the U.S. independent scene. He spun his 2017 Southern California Rookie of the Year award into multiple championships and stellar performances for high profile indie promotions like Pro Wrestling Guerilla and Defy Wrestling.
That award is also closely tied to his status within the LGBTQ pro wrestling community. Atlas came out as gay shortly after winning the award, beginning his role as a LGBTQ role model and ambassador for inclusion within the industry. He wrestled matches for the LGBTQ-focused promotion A Matter Of Pride and LGBTQ-friendly RISE.
It was only a matter of time before Atlas signed with a major company with his stellar performance at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament last month serving as a prime example why.
Atlas worked a match for Ring of Honor soon afterward, but reportedly turned down a contract with the company. All Elite Wrestling also discussed signing Atlas but didn’t offer him a contract before WWE came calling.
Atlas’ previous connection to WWE likely contributed to his decision to sign with the company. He was previously named a “brand ambassador” for the company after appearing on a WWE-themed episode of Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition last year. He proclaimed his goal to be “the first openly gay WWE world champion” during the program.
Both sides appear to be staying mum on the deal for now. WWE is neck-deep in the build to its latest heavily criticized Saudi Arabia-contracted event, Crown Jewel, scheduled for Oct. 31. Atlas is yet to comment publicly regarding his reported signing, though he did recently announce an appearance for Minnesota-based F1RST Wrestling’s Wrestlepalooza event on Jan. 3.