Will Ospreay Talks Signing With ROH, WWE Getting Into The UK Scene & More

During the latest interview with Ring Rust Radio, Will Ospreay discussed several subject which included signing with ROH, WWE UK Tournament & more.

Here are some highlights:

Deciding to Sign With ROH:

“For me personally, obviously I’m contracted with New Japan Pro Wrestling. They are my priority. I don’t know if you guys were aware, but Gabe Sapolsky and Paul Heyman offered me a contract to sign with Evolve. Honestly, hand on my heart, it was one of my most emotional moments of my life. It does say I am under contractual agreement to New Japan so whenever I’m presented a contract I must hand it over to them immediately to discuss where we go from there. Ring of Honor did want me at the time as well so it was entirely my decision and I quite like the idea of sticking with New Japan, so that’s why I kept with Ring of Honor. I’m trying to push things in the right direction for New Japan and it helps Ring of Honor as well. I’ve been a fan of Ring of Honor for years. I’ve been watching matches with Nigel McGuinness and Bryan Danielson. Matt Sydal was one of my idols and I remember him being with Generation Next, Jack Evans, and all the guys like that, they really inspired me to get into it. When I signed with Ring of Honor, I wanted to do big things. I don’t want to go somewhere without thinking to myself what can I do to make the place bigger and better.”

How Much Pressure Ospreay Puts on himself:

“Sometimes none, it sounds really stupid, but I’m really chilled out backstage. I don’t let anything really bug me or vex me unless it’s on Twitter; only then do I fight back cause that’s the type of person I am unfortunately. I’m just really a chilled out guy. I don’t really set out any expectation; I just want to go out there. I’ve always wanted to be the fan that got backstage and that’s exactly what I’ve done. I just go out there and I entertain the people that bought a ticket. My theory of things is I feel like wrestling should be a big variety show. You can have a strongman, you can have your high flyers, your technical wizards and everything along those lines. My style comes just underneath that high flyer mentality. I just laugh and think it’s cool and you can use your imagination and do things differently. It connects with some people, but doesn’t connect with everybody. I don’t like to put pressure on myself because the day I do start doing that, I start messing up in the matches and they don’t become as fun. My main thing is to just have fun.”

WWE trying to get in on the UK Wrestling Scene:

“Oh, 100 percent I would’ve done it, I love the idea. The thing is I put a little post up a while ago and a lot of people gave me some shit about it. It was me saying how I wish, but I can’t be a part of it and it actually was Nick Jackson I think that said I am with the second-biggest company in the world and he said fuck those guys. It wasn’t like that, but it was along those lines of I’m so proud of our little island. The thing that got to me is there so many of my friends up there Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, Tyler Bate, Mark Andrews, T-Bone and so many guys that are close friends and I treasure them so much. I just want to help British wrestling out in the best way to help British wrestling is we are in every part of the world. I’m over with New Japan and Ring of Honor, Marty is with Ring of Honor, Zack is with PWG, and we are just spread out all across the world right now I’m so happy for everyone for participated in it. Do I wish I could’ve been a part of it? 100 percent I do. I would love to have done it and I would have loved to participated in it and been in the ring with my closest friends and soaking in that awesome British crowd. The fact is I’m with New Japan for a reason and I want to make the company—just like I am with Ring of Honor—to make that company better. Kudos to the tournament, I thought it was absolutely brilliant and I watched it live. It was absolutely incredible and it just goes to show that Tyler Bate is a star in the making. I think he is going to be a big name coming out of that so well done to everyone that got to be a part of it.”

Check out the entire interview here. 

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