WWE 'In The Picture' To Sign Will Ospreay
WWE monitoring Will Ospreay’s situation
Will Ospreay has a little under three months left of his New Japan Pro Wrestling contract, and should nothing change by January then he will become the hottest free agent in all of wrestling at the expiration of his deal.
Whilst at one point it seemed somewhat unlikely that ‘The Commonwealth Kingpin’ could join WWE, a move to WWE for Ospreay isn’t currently as preposterous as it may have once seemed. A report from Fightful Select suggests that Ospreay’s mind has ‘opened up’ regarding a potential move to WWE, with sources within WWE alleging that preliminary talks have taken place between the two sides.
The report further alleges that there have been ‘overtures’ made to Ospreay, with Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio also suggesting that Ospreay to WWE is possible:
“You have to realise they have to look out for their own business. Ospreay is on the way out [of NJPW], and… he's certainly teased WWE today because him and Seth Rollins tweeted back and forth. I would not say anything is definite with Ospreay, but people who think that it's like it's a guarantee, it's AEW, I know that they are… I just put it this way: WWE is absolutely in the picture, and I've said this before, but WWE is in the picture. AEW is in the picture. It's whoever's going to give him the best offer, and he's going to go for both sides… And Rollins is a big one on that [WWE] side. AJ Styles would be a big one just because he's a big fan of AJ Styles. On the other side [AEW], there are all kinds of matches. You know, like Bryan Danielson, and him would be just incredible. Whatever's going to happen, it's not going to happen until February 1st. But I mean, he's going to be possibly gone. And if it's AEW, he'll have limited dates. Moxley is, at best, going to do a few dates a year in New Japan. He's not a full-timer. And they need Finlay up there too, you know?" Meltzer stated.
Ospreay has been working for AEW and IMPACT/TNA over the course of 2023, with both promotions having a heavy interest in signing the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.