At first look, it may seem as though Will Ospreay has only had positive things happen to him this year, especially given that he is now just a few steps away from taking home his first G1 Climax in 2022. But when Ospreay had a severe kidney illness a few months prior, it was difficult for him to picture any of that. He considered it in a tweet sent out early on Wednesday.
Since making a full recovery, the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion has only experienced good things. Ospreay defeated SANADA to win the IWGP United States Championship at New Japan Dominion in his first match following the virus. A few weeks later, at AEWxNJPW: Forbidden Door, he won a well regarded match against Orange Cassidy. Ospreay then defeated Tetsuya Naito to progress to the championship match after taking first place in the D Block of the 32nd G1 Climax.
So, May we have almost died. It’s not actually talked about enough, Ospreay stated. “That was how bad my infection was. returned in two weeks. I compete in the G1 Final tomorrow at NJPW’s 50th anniversary, which is three months from then. It would be nice to hear your voices. But I’ll put everything I have into the battle.”
Who is Will Ospreay?
William Peter Charles Ospreay, an English professional wrestler presently affiliated with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), was born on May 7, 1993. He is currently in his first reign as the IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. He was formerly the world heavyweight champion of the IWGP. Ospreay also competes for Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro), a partner organisation of NJPW, where he currently holds the British Heavyweight Championship with the longest reign.
Ospreay, who is regarded as one of the best professional wrestlers in the world right now, started his career in the UK in 2012. He worked on a number of independent promotions over a period of time, but most notably Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro) and Progress Wrestling. He started working with the Japanese company New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2016 as a member of the junior heavyweight class after being referred by AJ Styles. He went on to win the 2016 and 2019 Best of the Super Juniors and become a three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Ospreay competed against various heavyweight wrestlers in 2019 and also won the NEVER Openweight Championship, a belt with no weight restrictions. Ospreay took part in the G1 Climax, the largest tournament in the NJPW featuring heavyweight wrestlers, in the same year.
In the United States, Ospreay has contributed to independent promotions including Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Ospreay, a former ROH World Television Champion, has appeared for All Elite Wrestling and Ring of Honor as a result of NJPW’s affiliation with other firms.
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Which performer—Seth Rollins or Will Ospreay—do we prefer? Why?
For our part, we adore both. But if we had to choose, we would have to go with Ospreay since his matches are far more interesting.
The fact that the WWE often blocks the wrestlers’ great moves forces them to repeat them makes sense. Thus, their bouts would be boring.
Currently, one of the best things in the wrestling industry is Will Ospreay. He is now a strong and tough wrestler instead of a high flyer, which makes him even better.
Ospreay’s ability to perform at a higher level means that any match in 2019 can easily rank among the top ten best matches of the year.
In the event that the WWE miraculously grants wrestlers their freedom, I believe Seth might reveal his true colours.
But for now, Will Ospreay is in charge.