Will Ospreay has challenged several top stars in his first press conference as the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.
Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi this past Sunday at Sakura Genesis to lift the title, which he is scheduled to defend on May 4 at Wrestling Dontaku in Fukuoka against Shingo Takagi.
Right off the bat, Ospreay takes a subtle dig at former NJPW darling, AJ Styles. Calling him one of his heroes, he adds that he’s going to achieve more that AJ ever did.
Get a good damn look!
I’m not only the British Heavyweight Champion, but I’m the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. Lightning strikes twice, and I’m in the same position as my hero AJ Styles. Except I’m going to do more than he ever did.
Throughout his speech, Will makes several statements about where he sees himself, his United Empire members, and importantly the belts around his waist being defended – pointing out that his British heavyweight Championship will have to wait for the world to settle before he can defend it.
However, when speaking about his newly acquired IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, the London born high-flyer reiterated just how highly he thinks of himself and named several other British wrestlers who never reached as high as he is right now (including Dynamite Kid, British Bulldog and current NXT star Pete Dunne).
I know full well that nobody on this roster is on my level, but I am more than happy to test myself not only against New Japan’s finest, but all of wrestling’s finest.
I’ve made history. I’m the first foreigner to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, and even with the older legacies, I am the first British IWGP Heavyweight or World Heavyweight Champion.
I firmly believe I am the best British wrestler of all time. There is not a single British wrestler that has ever ventured to Japan and climbed to the top of the mountain. Dynamite Kid, British Bulldog, didn’t get to the top of the mountain. Pete Dunne, great wrestler, didn’t come close.
Ospreay went on, directly challenging current WWE star Drew McIntyre to battle it out to see who is the best British wrestler of all time.
I can name a bunch of British wrestlers who didn’t do what I have done. But 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.
Aiming his sights on not just Drew, Will then tries to entice one CM Punk back in to the squared circle – asking whether he’s ready to prove he was the ‘best in the world’.
Before I was champion, a man who sparked a whole lot of interest in pro-wrestling, CM Punk said he’d like to face Will Ospreay.
Now I have the biggest prize in pro-wrestling, so if you really want to prove you were the best in the world and not the best of a bad bunch, come over here and try and take this!
…I will show every single one of you why I am who I say I am. On another level. The best in the world.
Strong words from Will Ospreay in his first address to the media. Whether or not Drew and Punk will respond is yet to be seen, but anything can happen in the world of professional wrestling – just look at what is unfolding with “The Forbidden Door” and AEW!
Credit to NJPW for the transcription.