AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door saw Will Ospreay and Kenny Omega go to war over the IWGP United States Championship in an instant classic.
By the time the bout came to a conclusion after nearly 40-minutes of intense action, the pair had thrown everything they had at each other. Don Callis proved to be the difference-maker, handing Ospreay a screwdriver that he used to escape Omega‘s finisher, the One-Winged Angel.
After several of the nearest of falls, Ospreay ended things with a brutal Tiger Driver ’91, Hidden Blade, and Stormbreaker to reclaim the US Championship from the man he lost it to at Wrestle Kingdom 17.
Will Ospreay provides health update after war with Kenny Omega
An elated Commonwealth Kingpin greeted the press at the media scrum following the show. When the discussion turned to his health, Ospreay remained positive, although he revealed that he was working with a deformity in his chest due to a partial tear of his pectoral tendon that will never return to normal.
“I have a mad deformity there now. There’s like a little hole in my chest now I’m missing, I want him back, but it’s never going to come back. It was a partial tear of my pectoral tendon, so thankfully no surgery but I did need a lot of rehab and recovery.”
To get to Omega, Ospreay had defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi and Lance Archer in two physical bouts that also left a toll. The Tanahashi bout in particular resulted in a shoulder injury.
“Then there was an incident literally just last month when I was wrestling Tanahashi, I think it was May, it was still in June, so it was one month ago. I hit the Stormbreaker and my shoulder came out. I’ve never felt like that, so there is like a weakness here but I don’t want to present that in these type of matches, especially with Kenny.”
Despite these issues, Ospreay said he feels “great” apart from the expected aftereffects of a gruelling 40-minute match with the Best Bout Machine.
“So, thankfully, it held together absolutely fine. I feel great, I mean like obviously like in terms of wooziness and like, I’m a little bit all over the shop, I just went in there and done a 40-minute match, of course I’m gonna feel like that.”
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