“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry will battle for the AEW World Championship in a Four Pillars Match against MJF, Darby Allin, and Sammy Guevara this Sunday at the AEW Double Or Nothing 2023 pay-per-view event.
Jack has always been vocal about his late father, Luke Perry’s contribution to his career and he recently recalled Perry Sr. helping him set up a backyard ring during his childhood.
Speaking to PEOPLE for a new interview ahead of Double Or Nothing 2023, Perry spoke about his parents being supportive of his career choice.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On his dad’s support of his career: “He’d always been super supportive. He was a little more nervous than my mom is about me getting hurt and me being safe and needing to take care of myself.”
On his dad helping him put together a wrestling ring as a kid: “I hope I don’t go to jail for this, honestly. But when I was a kid and got back into wrestling, I went around the town stealing — not from stores — but I’d go find sandbags at a construction site and run home with them, or like pieces of wood or whatever, to construct this ring. And I asked my dad to help me put it together… He kind of showed up with all his tools and he says, ‘Alright, what are we working with here?’ And I think he imagined that somehow I got my hands on proper construction materials, but instead I really just had a shopping cart full of a bunch of mismatched bulls—. And he was like, ‘Okay…well, let’s see what we can do!’”
On both of his parents allowing him to find his path: “Both my parents were very cool about just letting me do what I wanted and figure it out myself. And they never pressured me into going into any direction I didn’t want to go. I think many parents kind of have an idea of what they want their kids to do, and I think a lot of kids kind of want to follow in their parents footsteps, but I think my parents just gave me free rein as long as it wasn’t doing anything horrible. They were here to see where I ended up.”
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