Will Ospreay is scheduled to have his final match in NJPW on February 11th. After that, he will go to AEW. Ospreay received an offer from WWE, but he has now clarified his choice to join AEW.

During AEW Full Gear, Will Ospreay formally inked his contract with AEW. Ospreay’s current agreement with NJPW remains in effect until February, and he will fulfill his remaining dates before transitioning to full-time with AEW.

While peaking to Lan Pitts of Gamespot, Ospreay said there was an offer from WWE on the table. Then he discussed the trust he has in Tony Khan, which is a big reason why he signed with AEW.

“I want to know what I’m doing within the ring, and the rest, for me, is easy. What more could you want from a boss?”


Will Ospreay has a lot of options on the table in AEW, and many opponents to face. He continued speaking on what is next for him, as he gets a chance to mix it up with a new roster.

“There’s something for me to climb, there’s something for me to build upon. That first match with Chris Jericho, who is one of the biggest wrestling stars in the world, was probably the biggest star in the company at that time. I want to progress from that. I want to see what other bucket [list items] I can tick. I want to go for championships. I want to go for world titles. I want to see what I can actually do because I’ve never been put in these situations. New Japan is a sports-based wrestling product, it isn’t really known for its on-screen personalities. So this is all new for me and I just want to test myself. I want to try my very best to swim in waters I’m not very sure of, so for me, this is all a challenge.”

Will Ospreay has gotten along very well in Japan, but nothing lasts forever. His next deal in the pro wrestling world was said to be a substantial one, as he inked a deal with a North American pro wrestling company.

Only time will tell how far Will Ospreay is able to rise in AEW. It stands to reason that he may compete on top of the company as their World Champion soon enough. With MJF out of commission, along with so many others, AEW could certainly use Ospreay’s star power.

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