Will Ospreay Has Long-Term Deal With NJPW
Ospreay recently vacated the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship amidst speculation on his future
One of the biggest shocks in recent wrestling history was IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay vacating the title after only 46 days as champion.
Reports initially stated that Ospreay vacated the title due to a neck injury, with various rumours suggesting that Ospreay and NJPW had a disagreement about Ospreay’s treatment schedule, with NJPW wanting him to stay in Japan, but Ospreay favouring a return to the UK. Other rumours suggested that the Covid-19 crisis in Japan led to Ospreay dropping the belt and potentially leaving New Japan too, alongside various other gaijin.
However, in a recent interview with The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, Ospreay committed his future to NJPW, saying:
“I’ve committed myself to New Japan and I’ve said time and time again, I’m happy to end my career here. When I first started wrestling, I was like, ‘When I’m 30, I think I’ll stop wrestling.’ I’m starting to hit my prime. I’m two years away from 30, I’ve signed a long-term deal with New Japan and will be here past 30. I’ve already screwed myself over there, I guess [laughs]. I’m happy here. I have so much free rein and I enjoy working for this company and doing everything I can. They’ve given me so much. In respects, me being a disrespectful little s***, I will always respect the company and the company to do well, it’s just got to be in my image.”