WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff recently weighed in on Will Ospreay's decision to join All Elite Wrestling (AEW), a move announced just before AEW's Full Gear pay-per-view. Ospreay, the current IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, made headlines with this significant transition, signaling a new chapter in his wrestling career.
During an episode of the 83 Weeks podcast, Bischoff, a former WWE Raw General Manager, offered a detailed perspective on Ospreay's choice. He emphasized that such decisions often hinge on personal aspirations and the unique offerings of each wrestling promotion.
"The choice that he made had a lot to do with what his personal goals were," Bischoff stated, acknowledging the likely substantial financial offers from both AEW and WWE. In such scenarios where monetary aspects are comparable, Bischoff believes the decision boils down to personal preferences and career aspirations.
Bischoff Praises Ospreay's Independence
Bischoff further noted Ospreay's independent nature, which he feels aligns more closely with AEW's environment. "My impression, from what I’ve heard and read about Will, is he’s a very independent person," he commented.
Bischoff suggested that AEW's less formal, more creative-friendly atmosphere might be a better fit for Ospreay compared to WWE's structured corporate environment. Ospreay's appearance at Full Gear not only thrilled fans but also set the stage for his full-time involvement with AEW next year.
He expressed excitement about performing at All In Wembley, representing AEW as an All Elite wrestler. However, his commitments to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) mean that his AEW performances won't commence immediately. Ospreay's contract with NJPW is set to conclude early next year, paving the way for his full-fledged participation in AEW events.
This strategic move by Ospreay and AEW adds another layer to the ever-evolving world of professional wrestling, where talent movements between promotions continue to shape the industry's dynamics. Fans and commentators alike are eagerly anticipating how Ospreay's unique style and charisma will mesh with AEW's roster, potentially leading to some unforgettable matches and moments in the ring.