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Swerve Strickland Claims Will Ospreay Is “Easily” The Best Wrestler In The World

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Swerve Strickland has boldly claimed that his former rival Will Ospreay is “easily” the best wrestler in the world today.

As AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling super-show Forbidden Door slowly moves ever closer, fans of both promotions begun naming the dream matches that they would like to see at the event.

Meanwhile, the wrestlers themselves have also been getting into the spirit of the competition, with IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada saying the show would be pointless if he wasn’t there.

Swerve Strickland has now thrown his name into the ring, teasing a potential showdown with Will Ospreay. Speaking in a new interview with Josh Nason of the Wrestling Observer, Strickland commented on a recent social media post teasing a match, and his long-standing rivalry with the New Japan star.

“I’ve been wrestling Will Ospreay since 2014. I wrestled him when he was a 19-year-old kid. he tells the story often, he never did a Spanish fly until he met me. I did a Spanish fly in our four-way match in 2014 in the UK. Now he starts doing the Spanish fly. He was my first PROGRESS match too when I came over to PROGRESS. He put in a word and I debuted in PROGRESS against Will, and I beat him. This was fresh off his (Best of the) Super Juniors win, the first one. We have a long history together.

The last time we were in the ring was New Orleans, WrestleMania weekend. It was me, Adam Brooks, Will Ospreay, and Sammy Guevara. That was the last time we were in the ring together and he’s grown exponentially since then.

In my opinion, he’s the best wrestler in the world, easily. It’s not even close. The type of explosion he has in the ring is crazy. He’s an adult now, not a kid like when I first started breaking in with him. I feel that match would be insane, no matter what platform.

For me, I would try to make it as unique as possible where it’s not just ‘this is a Will Ospreay match with insert wrestler here.’ No, this is Will Ospreay vs. Swerve Strickland and the type of things they are doing, no one else can do and the story they are telling, nobody else can tell. It’s specific for these two,”

At time of writing, no matches have been announced for Forbidden Door. However, it has been confirmed that Ospreay will be in action at NJPW Capital Collision where he will square off against Jon Moxley, Juice Robinson and Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Following his departure from WWE, Strickland moved to AEW making his debut at Revolution in March. The star was most recently in action on the April 27th edition of Rampage where he was defeated by Darby Allin following interference from Ricky Starks. On the following episode of Dynamite Strickland cut a promo with Keith Lee vowing to get their hands on Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.