Renowned professional wrestler Will Ospreay is set to join All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in 2024, following the conclusion of his current obligations with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). This major career move was confirmed during a dynamic in-ring segment with Tony Schiavone at AEW's Full Gear 2023 event last month, marking a significant shift in the landscape of professional wrestling.
Ospreay, known as "The Aerial Assassin" for his high-flying and acrobatic style, has made a substantial impact in NJPW as a former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. His decision to transition to AEW has sparked considerable discussion in the wrestling community, including remarks from fellow wrestler Zack Sabre Jr.
Sabre Reflects on Ospreay's Move
In an exclusive interview with Tokyo Sports, Sabre Jr., a frequent adversary of Ospreay in NJPW, shared his perspective on Ospreay's impending switch. "I can just tell he feels like he needs a new challenge, and that's healthy for all wrestlers," Sabre observed.
He also reflected on his own journey, noting, "For most foreign wrestlers, leaving their homeland is the biggest struggle, but I have never felt that way. Japan has been my home for the past 12 years, and I am finally happy to be involved in Japanese professional wrestling." Both hailing from the UK, Sabre and Ospreay's rivalry extends back to their early days on the European independent circuit, and has continued through their encounters in NJPW, as well as in American promotions like Evolve and PWG.
Their latest NJPW match occurred in October, where Ospreay successfully defended the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Quest III event in London, England. Looking ahead, both wrestlers have significant matches lined up at NJPW's highly-anticipated Wrestle Kingdom 18 pay-per-view.
Sabre is slated to defend the NJPW World Television Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi, while Ospreay will compete in a three-way match to determine the inaugural IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion. This development in Ospreay's career not only signifies a new chapter for him but also underscores the dynamic nature of professional wrestling, where athletes continuously seek new arenas and challenges to showcase their skills and passion for the sport.