There’s no doubt that Will Ospreay is one of the most gifted performers of his generation, racking up championships across the world and rightfully receiving praise for his in-ring acumen.
However, the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion has been known to get himself in hot water when it comes to some of his comments, finding himself in social media feuds with the likes of Seth Rollins, Kevin Nash, and most notably Kenny Omega. Speaking to Renee Paquette on The Sessions, Will Ospreay admits that he’s been in the wrong with some of his comments, and says being on the autism spectrum and having ADHD have contributed to making brash comments impulsively.
“I’ve actually done a lot of soul searching with this because I feel like I was an absolute c*nt when it comes to these things. I feel like I don’t think about what I write. I’m dyslexic as f*ck, I don’t really understand it, I’ve been on the spectrum for f*cking autism and have mad ADHD. I don’t think about sh*t, I just do it.
“I feel like I’ve used it as a diary for so long and I’ve not realized that I’m tweeting to hundreds of thousands of people. I feel like I’ve let myself down and I’ve let down anyone who wants to be a firm supporter of me. I do feel like an absolute twat sometimes when I read back some of my old stuff.
Continuing, Will Ospreay says that he’s trying to educate himself and apologize instead of becoming defensive when he makes a mistake.
“The best thing I can do right now, everything I’ve ever done when it comes to social media and someone has told me that I’ve f*cked up, I put my hands up and I say, ‘I’m f*cking sorry.’ I’ve come to a realization, no one gives a f*ck about your opinion. No one cares about my opinion, so why the f*ck am I even tweeting it?
“I’m at a point now where I’m really trying hard to educate myself and be more mindful towards other people. I’ve gone above the line of duty to make amends to people I’ve fallen out with and sh*t like that. I don’t feel I’m an a**hole. I can admit where I’m a c*nt, but I’m a nice c*nt. I’m trying my best to mend fences.”
Will Ospreay Was Diagnosed With ADHD In 2019
Will Ospreay went into further detail about dealing with ADHD and dyslexia, and how this contributes to his social media presence rubbing people the wrong way.
“I got diagnosed with ADHD in 2019 because I felt like there was something wrong with me. I was dyslexic after I finished school. The only things I passed was drama and PE. English, math, science, all the things that you need to get to college, I failed that. I just had to go to work. I wanted to try to get to college, and then I went through something, I feel like the term used was ‘learning syndrome,’ I can’t remember what it was, but they said it was a form of dyslexia.
“I don’t read very well, I’m not very good at writing. I’ve always struggled with that. Sometimes, I tweet something and I haven’t read it properly so it’s a bunch of spelling mistakes. It’s proper embarassing. A grown a** man, I have a mortgage, and I can’t even read and write.”
Continuing, Will Ospreay makes it clear that his ADHD diagnosis is not an excuse for his behavior, but understanding his diagnoses makes him realize that he needs to grow up. He also expressed his belief that he is on the autism spectrum though he’s not been formally diagnosed.
“The ADHD came about in 2019, late, I called my doctor, I wasn’t feeling good, they gave me some tests and I found out what it was. I don’t want it to be an excuse, but I feel like that’s why I’ve gotten myself in so much trouble, because I haven’t thought about the repercussions, I just go. I’m growing up now. I’m nearly 30, I have to grow up sometime soon.
“The autism thing, I went through a doctor thing, I think it was the start of 2020, the pandemic kicked in, and I’ve never wrote back. I do feel I’m on the spectrum, but I haven’t had that guarantee. The other two, I got diagnosed, the other one, I’ve still yet to have answers for. The wait list is f*cking long.
“Even if I did have it, I don’t see it as a detriment. I see it as a superpower. All of us autistic kids, we’re so much better than regular, normal people. We can lock into sh*t and do it. To all my autism kids out there, we’re top.”
At NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17, Will Ospreay and Kenny Omega took their social feud to the ring in a highly acclaimed match. Omega was victorious on that occasion, pinning Ospreay to become the new IWGP United States Champion.