Will Ospreay's Last NJPW Bout Set Before AEW Debut



by NOMAN RASOOL

Will Ospreay's Last NJPW Bout Set Before AEW Debut
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In an electrifying turn of events at NJPW's New Year Dash, the United Empire, led by the dynamic Will Ospreay, and BULLET CLUB's War Dogs, helmed by David Finlay, collided in a high-stakes, five-on-five showdown. The match, however, spiraled into chaos, resulting in a no-contest verdict when the War Dogs introduced an array of steel chairs into the ring, compelling the referee to halt the bout.

In the aftermath of this tumultuous clash, Will Ospreay, a superstar whose in-ring prowess has captivated fans worldwide, made a pivotal announcement. Marking a significant turning point in his career, Ospreay declared that his final match with NJPW will unfold on February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka.

Signifying the end of an era, this announcement comes ahead of his highly anticipated move to AEW. Adding to the fervor, Ospreay challenged the War Dogs to another five-on-five battle at this event, with a twist – a steel cage match.

This stipulation, a first for NJPW in over two decades, was proposed by Ospreay and eagerly accepted by Finlay, setting the stage for an epic encounter.

Ospreay vs. Okada Showdown

The excitement doesn't end there. NJPW fans are in for a treat as Ospreay is slated to face off against the legendary Kazuchika Okada at the upcoming Battle in the Valley event in San Jose, California.

This matchup is fueled by a deep-seated rivalry, with Ospreay seeking to settle scores from past encounters, including a victory over Okada in last year's G1 Climax. Ospreay's transition to AEW was first announced at Full Gear last November, where he signed his contract with Tony Khan's promotion during a segment with Tony Schiavone.

Despite his imminent move to AEW, Ospreay remains committed to honoring his dates with NJPW, demonstrating his dedication to the sport and his fans. His journey with NJPW is culminating in what promises to be a series of unforgettable matches, further cementing his legacy in the wrestling world.

Ospreay's final independent appearance before officially joining AEW is scheduled for February 18 with RevPro, marking the end of an illustrious chapter with NJPW and the beginning of an exciting new era in AEW.

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