Now that we are some time removed from the Best of Super Jr. (BOSJ) 26 Tournament and Dominion, I think it safe to say that Will Ospreay has hit an entirely new level. The 26 year-old, U.K. born, professional wrestler has been hitting the mat and flying through the air for a little over 7 years now. However it appears that 2019 could very much be the year of the Aerial Assassin.
Ospreay’s matches with Shingo Takagi (BOSJ 26 Finals) and Dragon Lee (Dominion for IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship) are both in the running for match of the year. Not to take away from either opponent, but Ospreay seems to be on a level we haven’t seen before. He is flying, flipping, hitting, and wrestling on all cylinders and it will be very tough for most to catch him.
If that isn’t enough, Will has officially entered the G1 Climax tournament. Coming off of those two huge wins, earning him the BOSJ Trophy and the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship, I think it is safe to say that the G1 will hold some even more amazing matches for Will. He has bulked up some over the past year and still is able to hit the high flying moves, while seemingly not loosing any of his agility. He has evolved into this new and improved version of the Aerial Assassin, which makes it that much more exciting to watch.
Before Will gets to show the world how good he really is in the G1, he will be wrestling at the NJPW Southern Showdown in Australia on June 29th and 30th. It will be interesting to see what Ospreay brings to this “mini tour” as he defends his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship against Robbie Eagles. This will be Ospreay’s first title defense.
In the midst of all these amazing matches and future performances, Will posted to social media his goodbye to the U.K. as he is moving to Japan. Meaning he will be wrestling full time with NJPW going forward, which means we will more than likely see many more match of the year bouts from him in the near future.
The future is extremely bright for both Will Ospreay and New Japan Pro Wrestling. I for one will be watching, and I hope you do too, as this young man keeps changing the game.
Note: all images in this article are from Will Ospreay’s official Twitter account (@WillOspreay).