Will Ospreay’s move to AEW last year stirred up quite a commotion within the wrestling community, marking his transition to a full-time role on the AEW roster. Despite murmurs suggesting that Triple H might have underestimated Ospreay’s worth, recent clarifications have shed light on the matter.

During AEW Full Gear, Will Ospreay dropped a bombshell, announcing his intention to join AEW as a full-time competitor after fulfilling his obligations with NJPW, which were expected to conclude in February.

This declaration instantly positioned Ospreay as one of the most sought-after free agents in the wrestling world. Despite engaging in negotiations with several promotions, he ultimately chose AEW, citing a superior deal compared to WWE.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, some within WWE believed that Triple H overlooked Ospreay’s promo abilities during negotiations. Meltzer suggested that WWE personnel felt Triple H undervalued Ospreay’s potential.


“I just think that if Triple H is watching this, he’s going like, ‘Holy f**k’. They know he’s a good wrestler, but I don’t think they know that he’s the charismatic person and talker and can get over. I know people in WWE… were going like, ‘He (Triple H) didn’t realize’. They knew, but he just didn’t realize. He just thought, ‘Ah, he’s one of these great workers’.”

When Ringside News reached out to a WWE source regarding Meltzer’s report, they stated that Ospreay wasn’t a major topic of discussion among WWE personnel. However, negotiations with Ospreay involved more than just financial terms; factors like schedule and living arrangements were also considered. WWE reportedly made Ospreay a fair offer, although the specifics were undisclosed.

“No one really talks about Will Ospreay. He let it be known there was interest in coming to WWE, and it wasn’t just about money but also about schedule and where he would live. With everything considered, WWE made him an offer. There’s really nothing more to the story. I do not know what the offer was, but the word going around was that it was a fair offer, not an insult.”

Despite high expectations surrounding Ospreay’s talent, fans are eager to see how he’ll be booked as a top star in the coming months. While WWE extended a respectable offer, Ospreay ultimately felt AEW was his destined path.

Do you believe Will Ospreay might have fared better in WWE than AEW? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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