Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJP is booked with PCW ULTRA for June in Los Angeles which is exciting because of the number of quality matches on that roster. However, he could end up back in Las Vegas. TJP won the Cruiserweight Classic and subsequently became the first WWE Cruiserweight Champion. He won the title defeating Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann, Japanese Star Kota Ibushi, and Gran Metalik to win the 32 Man event in 2016. Perkins held the Title for a month before dropping it to Brian Kendrick in October. It wasn’t any better after that. The odd video game character he had didn’t fit, and it just didn’t work. I’m a fan of his and believe WWE had someone who could be very good. (We’ve said that before haven’t we?) It didn’t pan out that way. Fortunately, his WWE deal is up in May and the 34-year-old can get back in the ring. June is when he can accept Independent bookings and Las Vegas is likely, hopefully, might be, has to be, on his list. TJP has a relationship with FSW, so we’ll see what transpires.
The last time we saw him in an FSW ring he beat Jakob Austin Young at Luck of the Draw on November 21, 2014, at the Silverton. It’s not fair to label Perkins as just a high flyer. That was one of the problems with the “WWE Affair” is that he has a solid ground game with an ability to mix in submissions which is what made him successful in the tournament. He was able to ground opponents, wear them down, and utilize the aerial attack.
TJP’s return to the Indie scene could mirror similar returns like Sami Callihan, Cody, Austin Aries, Rich Swann, or Neville/ PAC. There are so many great matches for him just out west that is tantalizing to think about like Chris Bey, Damian Drake, Jake Atlas, Andy Brown, Douglas James, and the list goes on. It’s a shame he can’t compete in the Inaugural Limitless Tournament because he’s a top seed from the jump. Next year.