During a recent interview with Comicbook.com, New Japan Pro Wrestling star Will Ospreay reflected on working the AEW All In 2023 pay-per-view event at Wembley Stadium in front of over 81,000 fans.
Ospreay, who will become a free agent early next year, called the experience “the coolest thing” he’s ever done.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On the scale of the venue: “Oh man, I was scared. I just remember feeling like I’ve done it now. The maximum I’ve ever performed in front of was 40,000 at [NJPW] Wrestle Kingdom. This was twice as many. I was worried that my stuff was going to get lost, or not as big of a reaction as what it could get. Maybe I’m not the guy that they really want in this position. Maybe it should have gone to someone else. That’s all going through my mind.”
On the anxiety before the performance: The moment the music was playing, just that bit of the piano, I could just feel my heart coming out of my chest. So flipping scared. Family’s here. Everyone is here just wanting to just enjoy wrestling in England, wrestling of this caliber and stage.”
On the audience reaction to his appearance: “Going out and hearing people sing my song… man. I literally heard people screaming it and then pointing up to the sky and when the fireworks were going off. Just watching it, it felt like two minutes. It felt like everything was going in slow motion. Then to get in the ring and the bell rung and then just 80,000 people do the olé! chants. Oh man, it was just the coolest thing. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”
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Will Ospreay, a popular professional wrestler from New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), recently spoke about his experience working the AEW All In 2023 pay-per-view event at Wembley Stadium. The event took place in front of an impressive crowd of over 81,000 fans, making it a memorable and significant moment in Ospreay’s career.
Ospreay, who will become a free agent early next year, described the experience as “the coolest thing” he has ever done. He expressed his initial apprehension about performing in such a massive venue, considering that the largest crowd he had previously performed in front of was 40,000 at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom. Ospreay worried that his performance might get lost in such a large setting or fail to receive the expected reaction from the audience. He even questioned whether he was the right person for the position and if someone else would have been better suited.
The anxiety leading up to the performance was palpable for Ospreay. He recalled feeling his heart pounding out of his chest as the music started playing, specifically mentioning the piano intro. With his family and fans eagerly awaiting a high-quality wrestling event in England, Ospreay felt the pressure to deliver an exceptional performance.
However, once he made his entrance and heard the crowd singing his theme song, Ospreay’s worries dissipated. The sight of people screaming his name and pointing up to the sky while fireworks illuminated the stadium made him feel like time had slowed down. As he stepped into the ring and the bell rang, the entire audience erupted into chants of “olé!” It was an overwhelming and exhilarating experience for Ospreay, who described it as the coolest thing he has ever done.
This event showcased the power and influence of professional wrestling, bringing together tens of thousands of fans to witness their favorite performers in action. The passion and energy of the audience undoubtedly contributed to the electrifying atmosphere at Wembley Stadium that day.
As Ospreay’s contract with NJPW comes to an end, his appearance at AEW All In 2023 could potentially open up new opportunities for him in the wrestling industry. Fans will be eagerly awaiting his next move and hoping to see him continue to deliver thrilling performances in front of large crowds.
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