Will Ospreay is a very famous NJPW wrestler and is considered one of the best wrestlers in the world right now. He recently spoke about wrestling at the Tokyo Dome, which is considered one of the arenas that wrestlers want on their resume.
WrestleBinge by Sportskeeda spoke about Wrestling Kingdom 17 which will be held in Tokyo Dome. Tokyo Dome will be at full capacity that night. Wrestle Kingdom 14 in 2020 was the last time we saw the Tokyo Dome at full capacity.
After that, the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Will Ospreay Speaks About Wrestle Kingdom 17 Having a Full-Capacity Crowd
"It's been hell," Ospreay began. "Not just in terms of not being able to cheer, which is a huge part [of] wrestling, but in terms of also the traveling to Japan was so messed up.
Staying in the isolation hotels. And now, being on the other side of it, it's kind of really rewarding and really refreshing to sticking all the bad stuff and finally coming out the other side. I'm looking forward to a full, cheering Wrestle Kingdom again." NJPW also announced that they will return to full-scale crowd participation by mid-December.
There will be a few restrictions though, but they are not related to NJPW crowds. For example, long singalongs in the crowd will not be allowed. Will then spoke about what the Tokyo Dome and Wrestle Kingdom mean to him. He also spoke about the rules that were placed during the pandemic.
He stated that the last two Wrestle Kingdom events simply didn’t feel right and they didn’t have the same magic as they would have if the crowd was at full capacity. Will competed in Wrestle Kingdom 16 for the IWGP World Heavyweight Title.
However, due to restrictions placed during that event, he believes that main event had a sour taste. "Yeah. It's kind of — It's cool that it was the main event, but it almost felt just worthless to me because the fans weren't there.
And honestly, a lot of people will give me a lot of crap for that, because I should be honored and I should be blown away by the fact that I've made it to this point, but it just wasn't what I wanted at all. And if it's not what I want, then I can't pretend to love it," Will Ospreay said.