At NJPW Sakura Genesis 2021, Will Ospreay shocked the world when he defeated IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi to become the new champion. This made him the first British man to hold the top prize in New Japan Pro Wrestling, putting him at the top of the wrestling world. Some might argue at this choice, but Ospreay has been on fire in 2021 at Wrestle Kingdom against Okada, and throughout the New Japan Cup.
Now, he’s already putting his new position as a world champion to make fans crave some of the matches he wants to have. While he’s got defenses against Shingo Takagi & Kazuchika Okada set for the coming months after they confronted him following his win, he is thinking wider. Ospreay is thinking something more cross-promotional.
Will Ospreay Calls Out Former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre For A Match
During a press conference as the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay was as arrogant as ever. He compared himself to his hero AJ Styles due to them both having held the IWGP title alongside the RPW British Heavyweight Championship, but also said “I’m going to do more than he ever did.”
This wasn’t the only shot at a former WWE Champion however, as he would also name drop a rival from the UK scene. Ospreay wants to test himself as champion, and would say the following.
“But I would like to test myself against another British wrestler that calls himself the best. A man that held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Drew McIntyre, he called himself the best British wrestler that ever lived, so if there was ever a chance that we could work out the visas, I’d love IWGP World Heavyweight Champion vs WWE Champion between two British wrestlers.”
McIntyre & Ospreay have met in the past, having two singles matches that put them at a 1-1 tie. This would be a massive event for wrestling fans, and truly be a match that captures the attention of just about everyone. WWE has closed itself off from working with other companies like this, but once upon a time they had a strong working relationship with NJPW.
Who would win in 2021 between Drew McIntyre & Will Ospreay? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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