Will Ospreay secured a victory over Hiroshi Tanahashi at NJPW Resurgence, advancing to the next stage of the IWGP United States Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament. However, it has been revealed that the English star competed in the match while still nursing an injury that had kept him out of action recently.
According to a report from Wrestling Observer Radio, Ospreay is currently dealing with an AC joint injury in his right shoulder, which has affected his overall condition. The injury was initially sustained during his New Japan Cup quarter-final match against Mark Davis in March. Although medically cleared to return last month, Ospreay admitted that he was still experiencing discomfort in his shoulder at that time.
The upcoming match between Ospreay and Lance Archer in Osaka on June 4 is currently planned to proceed, despite the injury concerns. The winner of this bout will face Kenny Omega for the United States Championship in what is expected to be a hard-hitting encounter.
Given his injury setbacks, Ospreay has contemplated adjusting his in-ring style to minimize further risk. In a recent revelation, he expressed the possibility of discontinuing the Stormbreaker, one of his trademark moves. Recognizing the potential strain it could put on his shoulder, Ospreay expressed concern about facing a prolonged period of recovery that could last up to nine months. However, he assured fans that he has a repertoire of other impactful maneuvers that he can utilize in place of the Stormbreaker.
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