Will Ospreay is signed on the dotted line with AEW and will be part of the company once his time in New Japan Pro Wrestling comes to an end.
Will Ospreay officially signed his AEW contract at Full Gear but fans will have to wait a little longer to see the former IWGP World Champion in action again in an AEW ring.
Ospreay’s deal with NJPW expires at the end of January 2024 and after that, he will be part of AEW full-time moving forward. But as ever in the competitive world of wrestling, Ospreay had his options, and that included an offer from WWE.
Will Ospreay Offered Substantially More By AEW Than WWE
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer was discussing the future of Kazuchika Okada and where he might end up when his own deal is up and mentioned that Will Ospreay had a substantially better deal on the table from AEW compared to what WWE was willing to offer the English star:
You don’t know which side’s gonna offer more money, I don’t know who’s gonna offer more money at this stage. I’m sure Tony Khan feels more highly about Okada than Triple H does because he’s more of a fan of New Japan Pro Wrestling and he kinda knows what’s going on there, like with Will Ospreay.
AEW offered more than WWE did [for Ospreay] and I think substantially which is why the deal was done so early.
Will Ospreay is already a recognisable face to AEW fans and has competed for the company on several occasions. The most recent of those came at WrestleDream where along with The Don Callis Family, he defeated Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, and Kota Ibushi.
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