During the post-show media scrum, Ospreay discussed signing with AEW, where he will begin early next year in the build to AEW Revolution, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the media scrum below:
On deciding to sign with AEW: “I’ve built up and trust and rapport with Tony. I feel I’m at my best over here. I’ve enjoyed every time I’ve come over here. Right now, this is the best decision for me and my family. I’m not interrupting my kid’s school, my Mrs. can see her parents. I get to be one of the best pro wrestlers that have ever done it and I get to do it now on weekly TV and I get to really test myself in these waters.”
On being cleared by NJPW to sign with AEW before his contract ended: “That’s more of a question for the reps, I’m not going to lie to you. I have no idea what happens. I’ve spent eight years of my life in New Japan. I was a very immature young man and I came into the business, I don’t think really prepared for what was the come. With everything with New Japan, I’ve grown up in front of them. I can’t thank them enough. It was a true blessing, the fact that I just got to be a wrestler there. Coming out tonight, I messaged my Mrs, every mile was worth it. There was an expectation and I heard it when the music hit. I’m so grateful. I can’t tell you the gratitude I feel right now. None of you would know my name without New Japan.
“That’s a reality. When I did that match with Ricochet all those years ago, people just thought that was it and that’s who I was. I’ve evolved, I’ve changed. The best thing is, I’ve matured. I understand the responsibility that I’m in and the responsibility that I’m in here. It’s a heavy task because there is expectations, but I have been at my best when my back is against the wall and I’m uncomfortable. I’m really looking forward to testing myself and I’m thankful for New Japan and everything they’ve done for me. That doesn’t mean I’m done. I can still, with Tony’s blessing, I can still do some dates. It just has to be right.”
On his Impact appearances: “The TNA thing, TNA was wonderful and incredible, but it was a case of, I wanted to hear everybody out. I wanted to do what was best for my family. I can’t tell you enough, my life has completely changed ever since that woman has walked into my life. Responsibility has placed itself in front of me. I’m one of the most irresponsible people sometimes. Something has changed within me. I get it now. I understand the responsibility. I see AEW and I see the talent here and I see everything that made me fall in love with pro wrestling. I followed everything. The good, the bad, I followed everything, and I believe in this place. There was a promo Moxley did ages ago, ‘It’s time to be a legend.’ At that point, I was like, ‘I want this. I want to go here,’ and while I’m here I’m going to give everything I’ve got to this place. Not just for myself, because I want to see if I’m that good, I want to give back. I’ve had this mad anxiety coming to America, this huge anxiety coming over here, and I’m willing to face that now and I’m willing to try my best now. It’s an amazing journey I’ve been on and I’m so grateful. I’m looking forward to it.”
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Will Ospreay, one of the most talented and exciting professional wrestlers in the world, has made a major announcement. He is joining All Elite Wrestling (AEW) after his appearance at the Full Gear 2023 pay-per-view event. This news has sent shockwaves throughout the wrestling industry and has fans buzzing with excitement.
During a post-show media scrum, Ospreay discussed his decision to sign with AEW and what it means for him and his family. He expressed his trust and rapport with Tony Khan, the owner of AEW, and stated that he believes this is the best decision for him at this point in his career. Ospreay also mentioned the benefits of joining AEW, such as being able to wrestle on weekly TV and test himself against top talent.
One interesting aspect of Ospreay’s signing with AEW is that he was cleared by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) to sign with AEW before his contract ended. Ospreay expressed his gratitude towards NJPW for giving him the opportunity to wrestle there and acknowledged that none of the fans would know his name without his time in NJPW. He also mentioned that with Tony Khan’s blessing, he can still do some dates with NJPW if the timing is right.
Ospreay also touched on his appearances in Impact Wrestling (formerly known as TNA). He mentioned that he wanted to hear everyone out and do what was best for his family. However, he expressed his belief in AEW and its talent, stating that he wants to give everything he’s got to this place and give back to the industry that he loves.
The announcement of Will Ospreay joining AEW has created a lot of excitement among wrestling fans. Ospreay is known for his high-flying and innovative wrestling style, and his addition to the AEW roster will undoubtedly bring a new level of excitement to the promotion. Fans can expect to see Ospreay in action early next year as AEW builds towards their Revolution event.
In conclusion, Will Ospreay’s decision to sign with AEW is a significant development in the wrestling world. His talent and charisma make him a valuable addition to the AEW roster, and fans are eagerly anticipating his debut. With his arrival, AEW continues to solidify its position as one of the top wrestling promotions in the world.