Will Ospreay's Final Indie Match Reaction Before AEW Debut

Will Ospreay marks end of indie era with heartfelt thanks

by Atia Mukhtar
Will Ospreay's Final Indie Match Reaction Before AEW Debut
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Going into the first quarter of 2024, the first-ever IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay, began drawing the curtain on a major chapter in his illustrious wrestling career to walk down a new path with popular All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

High Stakes was a fitting climax to months of goodbye matches and standout bouts for Ospreay across London with Revolution Pro Wrestling. The focus is on Ospreay ahead of his title defense against Michael Oku in the main event.

Tonight's main event isn't just a title match. This is gonna be history, as for the first time since their epic clash two years ago, the two titans have gone at it in singles competition at the same venue. The epic match lasted 47 minutes or so, which was an amazing showcase of the wrestling pro and endurance from both of the wrestlers.

In the end, it was Oku who managed to retain his title. The reaction from Ospreay was full of gratitude and respect toward the opponent. Speaking to the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, Ospreay reflected on the experience, saying that he would like to thank Oku, Revolution Pro Wrestling, and the fans who made the night unforgettable.

Ospreay's Grateful Farewell

"Couldn't have asked for a better exit from the Indies. 2k in attendance, my parents, my mrs, my best friend & my new boss. @TheOJMO you have my respect. You took me to the longest one on one match of my career & came out on top.

Thank you Brit Wres," tweeted Ospreay. This was more than a farewell from the final indie match. It was a celebration of Ospreay's career, a celebration of the friendships that have been made along the way. And with that now in his rearview mirror, Ospreay can now prepare for a big-time future on the AEW landscape.

Ospreay's AEW debut is certainly one of the most highly anticipated, and it would see his first major test, with a first major test on the immediate horizon. Ospreay's first match is all set to take place at AEW Revolution against Konosuke Takeshita—this first match is promised to be a display of talent and determination that is promised to bring firecrackers.

He's turning the pages on the new chapter of his story, an odyssey—from indie icon to global superstar—with the entire wrestling universe watching with bated breath for the heights he will reach in AEW.

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