Will Ospreay Reveals When His NJPW Deal Ends
Will Ospreay might have caught the attention of Tony Khan and Triple H as he reveals exactly when his deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling comes to an end.
Ospreay has been out of action in recent weeks after suffering an injury that saw the former IWGP World Champion have to withdraw from the New Japan Cup. Ospreay is scheduled to be part of a four-man tournament to find a number one contender for Kenny Omega’s IWGP US Champion with the winner of that tournament possibly meeting Omega at Forbidden Door in June.
Speaking with Christopher Walker of DAZN Ospreay revealed that NJPW has him signed up until February 2024 and after that who knows where his future lies:
“My contract with New Japan is up next February so from that point who’s not gonna want this kid who’s dedicated to being a hard worker and wanting to put on the best quality of matches.”
Will Ospreay also gave his opinion of Dave Meltzer’s polarizing star ratings. Ospreay at only 29 years old is tied with Japanese legend Mitsuharu Misawa for the most five-star (and above) ratings at 25 each. The English star says the ratings don’t matter to what he gets paid but says his reputation because of them could lead to a whole other bidding war of 2024:
“The reason why I say no is because they don’t impact my paycheque. I still get paid the same regardless.
“In my humble opinion, [star ratings] don’t matter in terms of financial gain, but in terms of viewership, because I’m this British kid who has done it on Indy shows, I know that when my contract comes up, there’ll be a fight for who wants the best five-star wrestler right now.
“If you ask somebody like Jay White, he hates it, and Bully Ray, he hates it as well. I can’t help but say that it’s done wonders for me. My contract with New Japan is up next February so from that point who’s not gonna want this kid who’s dedicated to being a hard worker and wanting to put on the best quality of matches.”
The English star recently hinted that his wrestling career might not last too much longer due to the high-risk style that he maintained throughout much of his career.