Forbidden Door Star Called “A Tougher Shawn Michaels”

Shawn Michaels

Eric Bischoff was especially impressed by one performer at Forbidden Door, calling him a “tougher Shawn Michaels.”

Forbidden Door saw Will Ospreay and Kenny Omega face off in a rematch for the IWGP United States Championship that Omega won by defeating Ospreay at Wrestle Kingdom 17. On this occasion, Ospreay was victorious, and the bloody battle received high praise backstage.

Speaking on the latest edition of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff added to praise for the bout, saying he was “blown away” and comparing Ospreay to wrestling legends of the past.

“I was blown away. Ospreay reminds me of a tougher Shawn Michaels. He’s got the look obviously. Wrestling, in terms of his in-ring capabilities, is just otherworldly at this point.

“It was like the new school, the very athletic, physical, dynamic, incredibly difficult and high risk type of offense, it had all of that, but it also had Nick Bockwinkel – Vern Gagne-esque psychology. So the story was there. The psychology was there. The dynamic presentation, the athleticism, the things that people really dig nowadays, that was there in spades. There’s more than enough of that for anybody who loves that style and that presentation, but it still had great psychology in the pacing and the story.

“It was so good. I mean, I don’t know that I’ve seen anything better in terms of a match. They don’t have a Rock-like popularity with the audience. That audience, they did. Certainly with that audience they did and that’s why I don’t like comparing, but in terms of the story and the action and the believability, all the things that make me excited to watch a wrestling match, I got overdosed on it and I was there for it. It was awesome.”

Following their blockbuster bout, both Will Ospreay and Kenny Omega took to social media to show respect to one another.

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