Drew McIntyre has issued a response to the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay’s challenge for a match that would be a battle of Britain.
Will Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi at Sakura Genesis at the start of April to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Title. In Ospreay’s post-match press conference, the Englishman started by saying he believes he is the greatest British wrestler of all time. He then made the challenge to someone else who may well be a contender for that crown.
“I would like to test myself against another British wrestler that calls himself the best. A man that held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Drew McIntyre, he called himself the best British wrestler that ever lived, so if there was ever a chance that we could work out the visas, I’d love IWGP World Heavyweight Champion vs. WWE Champion between two British wrestlers.”
WWE executive Triple H recently reiterated that WWE is ‘open for business’ when it comes to working with other wrestling companies.
Drew McIntyre in an interview with DAZN was asked about Ospreay’s comments and if he could see a match between the two happening once again in the future.
The Scotsman replied:
“[Ospreay’s] a very, very talented individual, and I’m very proud to see how far he’s come and how far British wrestling has come. From the day I was released from WWE and gone back to the UK. I started seeing the level of talent we produced and how much things have changed since I was last there. I was blown away, and that’s when we started getting the British invasion all across the different independent companies. Will was one of them, myself and few other Brits started traveling the world doing the PWG’s.”
“Myself and Will had a great match at What Culture Pro Wrestling. I’m very happy to see his success. I spoke to him privately, I saw him calling me out. I will not reply publicly (laughs). I’ll just say I’m very happy for him. If we had that match, he knows I would take the back of my hand and smack him if it was in real life (laughs).”
Drew McIntyre will aim to reclaim the WWE Championship when he challenges Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania. McIntyre previously lost the title at the Elimination Chamber in February when The Miz cashed in Money In The Bank.
Will Ospreay has been on an incredible run in NJPW since turning his back on Kazuchika Okada and CHAOS. ‘The Kingpin’ of the United Empire won the 2021 New Japan Cup to secure his title match with Ibushi. The group that contains Ospreay, Great O-Khan, and Jeff Cobb recently added Aaron [formerly Toa] Henare to their ranks.