The highly-esteemed announcer for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Tony Schiavone, reflected deeply on the recent jaw-dropping events of the AEW x New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) cross-promotion event, Forbidden Door, where we saw the title change hands during the match between Will Ospreay and Kenny Omega for the IWGP United States Title.
In an intimate conversation, Schiavone emphasized the event's magnitude, expressing his admiration for the extraordinary talents involved. Notably, he singled out Kenny Omega as one of the finest performers he has ever had the pleasure of working alongside in his storied career, cementing the wrestler's already towering reputation.
"Seeing Kenny Omega in the ring is a masterclass in wrestling prowess," Schiavone stated. "His command of the mat is something I've seldom seen, and his dedication to his craft is awe-inspiring."
Schiavone's Admiration for Ospreay
Despite having observed only a handful of Ospreay's matches, Schiavone's reverence for the challenger was palpable.
He expressed deep respect for both athletes' commitment and proficiency during the thrilling spectacle. He also admitted to the anticipation he felt going into the event, knowing that the match between Bryan Danielson and Kazuchika Okada was highly touted as the main event.
Despite this, he had an inkling that the Omega and Ospreay bout would ultimately steal the spotlight, a prediction that proved accurate. However, the match featuring Bryan Danielson remained particularly indelible for Schiavone.
He described the moment when Danielson, even with a severely broken arm, masterfully executed the LeBell Lock as a testament to his exceptional courage and commitment.
Schiavone said, "The sight of Bryan locking in his finisher, even under such intense pain, is an image that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
That determination that resilience, it's truly unforgettable." Seeing the subsequent X-rays and understanding the severity of the injury only further deepened Schiavone's admiration for Danielson's tenacity and commitment to the sport.
In sum, the unforgettable spectacles witnessed at the AEW x NJPW event serve as a stark reminder of these athletes' passion, resilience, and sheer dedication, etching their names in the annals of pro wrestling history.
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