Will Ospreay has dropped strong hints that Buddy Matthews, formerly WWE’s Buddy Murphy, will be debuting with NJPW on an upcoming tour.
Matthews was released from his WWE contract on June 2nd, 2021 alongside Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Ruby Riott, and Santana Garrett. Due to the standard 90-day non-compete clause in his WWE contract, the former Cruiserweight Champion has been unable to appear for other promotions since being let go. That clause expired on August 31st and he has now been advertised for his first post-WWE appearance at Battleground Championship Wrestling on September 18th in Philadelphia, where he is scheduled to go one-on-one with AEW’s Brian Cage.
A week later, the NJPW STRONG: Autumn Attack tapings will take place in Dallas, Texas. Ospreay is currently scheduled to face Clark Connors and Karl Fredericks in a tag team match with a mystery partner. The ‘Commonwealth Kingpin’ has been teasing on Twitter that he has asked Murphy to be that partner.
“I’ve been talking to a ʙᴜᴅᴅʏ of mine. Invited him to Dallas September 25th & 26th. Think he would fit in great with the crew.”
I’ve been talking to a ʙᴜᴅᴅʏ of mine.
Invited him to Dallas September 25th & 26th.
Think he would fit in great with the crew.
— ᵂⁱˡˡ ᴼˢᵖʳᵉᵃʸ • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) September 11, 2021
The following day, the ‘Real IWGP World Heavyweight Champion’ also said the man who would join him was an “Australian wrestling friend”.
“I have so many Australian wrestling friends. Some are Monsters. Sept 26th”
Matthews, for his part, has cryptically tweeted the words, “Oh William…” followed by a face-palm emoji, which doesn’t look good for the chances of him joining the ranks of Ospreay’s United Empire.
Oh William… 🤦🏼
— Buddy Matthews (@WWE_Murphy) September 11, 2021
As well as the hints at a jump to NJPW, Buddy Matthews has reportedly taken the interest of IMPACT Wrestling, who were said to be making a ‘major play’ for the former ‘Best Kept Secret’ earlier in the year.
Will Ospreay recently returned to action in NJPW following a neck injury that sidelined him for three months and caused him to be stripped of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.