As the wrestling world buzzes with anticipation, Will Ospreay stands at the epicenter, his career choices closely scrutinized by fans and pundits alike. Notably, one of the earliest champions of Ospreay’s remarkable journey in the wrestling arena, Dave Meltzer, has recently shared his insights, adding a layer of intrigue to the ongoing discussions.
For those who have ardently followed Ospreay’s trajectory, his wrestling prowess is no secret. With a staggering 30 five-plus star matches under his belt, a record held by no other in the annals of The Wrestling Observer, Ospreay has indubitably etched his name in the history books.
At the tender age of 30, he has surpassed his contemporaries by a substantial margin, securing a lead of five stars. His moniker, “Commonwealth Kingpin,” is a testament to his dominance in the ring, and as his career continues to ascend, the prospects of new challenges and rivalries loom large, especially with the likelihood of him joining a new promotion in early 2024.
The wrestling world is rife with speculation - will it be AEW or WWE? AEW seemingly holds a strong position in this race, having showcased Ospreay’s skills on multiple occasions and boasting a roster that includes many of his frequent in-ring collaborators, from Kenny Omega to Aussie Open.
However, the allure of WWE cannot be dismissed. The opportunity for Ospreay to emulate AJ Styles’ successful transition from NJPW to WWE’s main roster is a tantalizing prospect.
Meltzer's Insightful Analysis
Dave Meltzer, a revered figure in wrestling journalism, recently shared his perspectives on Wrestling Observer Radio.
He underscored Ospreay’s openness to negotiations, emphasizing his willingness to consider offers from any promotion that presents a competitive contract. “WWE is absolutely after him, and he is absolutely going to listen to WWE.
I think at the end of the day, he’s gunning for the best offer possible,” Meltzer stated, highlighting the financial considerations that are paramount for Ospreay, who is a family man with aspirations for his son’s education and a desire to capitalize on his earning potential.
While WWE and AEW both represent lucrative opportunities, each brings a unique set of advantages to the table.
Will Ospreay is now the first wrestler with thirty 5 Star Matches, rated by Dave Meltzer.
What are your Top 3 Ospreay matches? pic.twitter.com/4oZdd0g70v — Best of Cagematch (@bestofcagematch) October 20, 2023
AEW’s contract could potentially offer Ospreay a balance of financial security, a guaranteed number of matches, and avenues for growth. On the other hand, WWE, bolstered by its merger with UFC to form TKO, has deeper pockets.
However, it remains to be seen if they will extend a generous offer to Ospreay, given his relatively niche status in the American wrestling scene.