Perennial high-flyer Will Ospreay will, unfortunately, miss his November 3 date with Taichi due to injury. As a result, the title match will be scrapped from the NJPW card. Ospreay originally picked up the injury competing in a joint REV PRO – NJPW event in the UK. During a match with Chris Ridgeway, the WOS star appeared to injure his ribs while taking a hard landing following an attempted Pele kick.
It was hoped by all that Will would make it back in time for his NEVER Openweight Championship match with Taichi but unfortunately, NJPW released the following statement on their website:
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that Will Ospreay will miss the event in Osaka on November 3rd (Sat). As such, the NEVER Openweight Championship match has been canceled.
Having become injured in the UK, Will Ospreay has been undergoing treatment. However, his treatment has not progressed as quickly as we had hoped and unfortunately, he will have to miss the event on November 3 (Saturday) in Osaka Prefectural Gym (Edion Arena Osaka).
As a result, the NEVER Openweight Championship match (Taichi vs. Will Ospreay), scheduled for the same event, will be canceled.
We offer our sincerest apologies to our fans who were looking forward to this championship match. Good luck Will, we look forward to your return at upcoming events.
New Japan Pro Wrestling Co., Ltd.”
This is obviously going to frustrate Will and New Japan much more than just having to find a replacement match for Power Struggle, as Will has started to move from the Jr. Heavyweight to the Heavyweight bracket. With Will understandably disappointed with the situation, he tweeted the following:
I’m honestly devastated to announce that my injury hasn’t healed in the time frame I hoped for.
Extremely sorry to everyone I’ve let down https://t.co/g4jFa0ftPo
— ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) October 25, 2018
We at WrestleTalk would like to wish Will the very best with his recovery.