According to AEW commentator Jim Ross, this NJPW star will do great things if they choose to sign with AEW in the future.
At the beginning of the month, Will Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi to become the second ever IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Jim Ross has recently discussed the NJPW competitor, and whether he deserves to be called the best wrestler in the world.
On his Grilling JR podcast, Ross compared Ospreay to NJPW aces such as Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada. While he thinks it is too early to call Ospreay the greatest ever, Ross believes the British star would be a perfect fit for AEW.
Discussing the creative freedom offered by Tony Khan, Ross reasoned that an AEW contract is very attractive nowadays.
Here is the full quote:
“I think Will Ospreay is a great talent, but all of a sudden, because he did have a fantastic NJPW experience, is he the greatest ever? Is he even the greatest NJPW champion? It’s hard to say he’s better than (Hiroshi) Tanahashi, it’s hard to say he’s better than (Kazuchika) Okada or the list of all luminaries that held that title. I do think he’s very good, it might be a little early a week after his win to consider him the greatest ever.”
“I wish he wrestled in AEW, he’d do great here. He’s not from here you know, I don’t know if that means a lot to him or not. I know he could probably make more money than he’s making where he is, that’s my guess.
“We know he’d have more creative freedom if he wrestled for Tony Khan than if he wrestled for Vince McMahon. I think that’s one of the attractive things about our company that’s ever growing, you get to have a bigger influence on your creative. I know guys here in AEW that outline their whole program, I think that’s cool as hell. It gives them some creative release and wrestlers are creative by nature.”
Ospreay is currently preparing to battle Shingo Takagi at Wrestling Dontaku 2021 on May 4. If he successfully defends his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, he will face Okada with at a future event with the title on the line.
Jim Ross has also recently discussed WrestleMania. He compared the Show of Shows to having “2 days of colonoscopies”, which you can read about here.
Quote via Wrestling Inc.