When AEW was created, there was a pretty big non-Japanese star hole left in NJPW, who for so long had been able to boast of having talents such as Cody, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and Chris Jericho under their very talented umbrella.
Thankfully for New Japan, there was plenty more non-Japanese talent to go around, and even more fortunately, one of those talents was Will Ospreay, who is widely recognised as one of the best wrestlers on the planet.
Speaking to WrestleTalk in an exclusive interview, Will Ospreay revealed what the last thing Cody, Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks said to him before leaving for AEW.
“The last thing Kenny ever said to me, we were in this big meeting and he pulled me to one side and said with the Bucks and Cody, ‘alright, you’ve got to take the reigns now. It’s all on you.'”
“Yes and no. Yes because I think that’s what fans want, and I’m a believer in giving them what they want. No, because neither party needs each other. The main reason is, AEW is succeeding, Let’s do this in terms of wrestling and in terms of revenue. I don’t know what AEW makes, I’ve got no idea, but I can only assume that because Tony Khan is behind it it’s doing financially very very well. Especially because they’ve got four more years on TNT, they don’t need to change anything. Keep doing what you’re doing.”New Japan has its highest revenue to date, Regardless of it happening, we are putting on bangers every single big pay-per-view. Does NJPW need AEW? No. Does AEW need NJPW? No. But we can support from the sidelines. I support AEW and I hope they support New Japan.
“If there was a chance for it to come true and for it to happen, I’d be all for it. I’ll strap up and I’m ready to put in a shift. Until then, I’m supporting from the sidelines, they are all my friends but I’m 100% a New Japan guy.”
For the whole interview, check out the video below.
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