A top NJPW star has revealed details of his current contract and whether he would consider going to America.
Will Ospreay signed with NJPW in 2019 and has gone on to become one of its top stars, currently holding the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
He recently spoke to Fightful about his contract status and the interest in his future, saying:
“It’s flattering to know where people want me to show up and where they want me to go.
“I signed a five-year [deal] in 2019, so that will be up next year.
“My heart says I’ll still be with New Japan.”
Ospreay addressed whether he could see America becoming a home to his immense talents, explaining:
“I won’t lie, I have mad anxiety when it comes to America just because I come from such a small area and America is so big.
“I’ve only really dipped my toes into American wrestling.
“I did my stint with Ring of Honor, but I think I wrestled there maybe ten times.
“I kind of like to arrive and leave, and not stick around too long.
“That’s no one’s fault besides my own.
“It’s a mad anxiety that I do have.”
He was part of the build-up to, and heavily involved in, the AEW/NJPW Forbidden Door show and reflected upon that experience, saying:
“The time that I did have with AEW did open my eyes and what I think that I know about myself and how good I am as a professional wrestler, being over there did make me take a step back and say, ‘maybe there is more to learn.’”
His mind, however, quickly returned to the topic of Japan and the importance that his time in NJPW holds with him, stating:
“My heart does belong to New Japan.
“These guys are the reason why I am a star.”
Ospreay is scheduled to face AEW’s Kenny Omega for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom on January 4.
Omega recently addressed what separates him from Will Ospreay and called him “unstable” and “unintelligent.”
Ospreay countered this criticism by referring to himself as an “antidote” in NJPW.
Check out the announced card for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17 right here.
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