Will Ospreay’s accomplishments inside the squared circle can’t be denied.
Not only is he a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion, he’s the man with the most 5 star plus matches as awarded by the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.
Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T discussed Ospreay receiving such high ratings from Meltzer, saying the ratings are subjective and based on a style of wrestling that Meltzer enjoys but might not necessarily draw the most money.
“I could see that. I could see that from the person that’s rating it. That’s no knock to Will Ospreay. Lot of times, people rate something higher because they like that…. I watch boxing all the time, and so many times, I’ve seen the winner lose so many times. So I’m like, it’s not that the the guy that won was better. It’s because the guy they wanted to win, they liked him more. That’s all it is.
“So I get that when I see Will Ospreay and someone who’s rating the matches likes that kind of stuff. A lot of flips, a lot of back and forth, a lot of ‘This is awesome’ chants. I get that, 100%. But for me, the worker, I know what it takes to go out there and get over and make some big money.”
At Wrestle Kingdom 17, Ospreay faced off against Kenny Omega in a bout that received an astounding 6.25 stars.
“I’d Love To Work With That Kid” – Booker T On Will Ospreay
Continuing, Booker made the surprising claim that he’d love to work with Ospreay and teach him the art of storytelling. He also says he’s spoken with the star in the past, and that him becoming a huge star in the United States isn’t out of the question.
“I’ll tell you right now, if Will Ospreay came to the United States, I’d love to work with that kid because, I think he could, I don’t know, he’s probably making big money right now, but I just think, over here in the states, I think he could really be a big star. I would love to work with that kid and really show him the detail [and] the art of Shakespeare. What’s crazy is, I’ve had this conversation with Will Ospreay, and I’m not saying anything that this kid, perhaps his mind would not be open to wanting to try.”