In a recent interview with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), British professional wrestler William Ospreay, known as "The Aerial Assassin," expressed his determined intent to reclaim the IWGP U.S. Title from Kenny Omega, or "The Cleaner," and addressed what he considers a lackluster title reign by Omega.
Omega won the title from Ospreay during their face-off at WrestleKingdom 17 earlier this year. However, since taking the championship, Omega has defended the title only once, in a match against Jeff Cobb on an episode of AEW Dynamite in March.
Ospreay lamented this state of affairs but acknowledged that the blame lay at his feet for allowing the title to slip into Omega's possession. "It's not their property," Ospreay confessed. "So I don't blame them. I take full responsibility.
It's my job and obligation to ensure that the title remains under the Lion Mark and on the blue canvas of NJPW."
Ospreay Bemoans IWGP Title's Devaluation
Ospreay expressed his disappointment that the rigorous work ethic he believes should be embodied in the title seems lost since Omega won it.
He was quick to point out, though, that the obligation to maintain this work ethic stayed on AEW. "A factor worth noting is that AEW is not part of the IWGP committee," Ospreay elaborated. "Therefore, it's not their obligation to arrange title defenses.
I'm sure it was quite the hassle to arrange for even Jeff Cobb to come over for a title match." According to Ospreay, AEW's primary focus is dealing with internal matters such as managing the Elite and preventing backstage fights, leaving little bandwidth to tend to the IWGP U.S.
Title. "But again, the responsibility falls to me," Ospreay reiterated. "I must make amends for this shortcoming. I recall the intense rehab and the phenomenal matches with Finlay, Naito, and Shota. I'm resolved to recapture that title – it's my red leather and gold.
And I will get it back." Ospreay's commitment to the IWGP U.S. Title is clear, and his assertion that he will regain it adds a compelling layer to the unfolding storyline. Wrestling fans will eagerly await the next chapter in this narrative.