NJPW star Will Ospreay recently appeared on the Chris Van Vliet podcast. The former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion discussed a plethora of topics from his recent career during the interview with CVV. One of the points raised was the leaving of the company by The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes. Ospreay would describe in the interview how The Elite leaving the promotion to create AEW left a “huge gap” in the Heavyweight division that he felt he could fill.
“It’s hard because it was kind of like a development change after Kenny, The Bucks and Cody left” Ospreay began. “It was a kind of position where I was like ‘well, there is a huge gap.’ Now where’s that style? Because like Jay White can’t do that style, Juice Robinson can’t do that style. I could, but I was still a Junior at that time. So I think it was…as long as I just keep doing what I’m doing? Keep doing that but as I face different people? I’m going to change.”
Ospreay then discussed how he feels he has become more ingrained in the Japanese wrestling culture and the fanbase. “At the start 2019 I started to find my footing a little bit and started to connect with the Japanese audience a little bit more. Because after the Super Juniors final with Shingo Takagi? I announced to everyone that I was moving to Japan, it was a decision that me and my partner both made because we feel like if we committed 110% of our commitment to New Japan and Stardom? That we probably reap the benefits and obviously of course it happened. And we’re still there, we’re still very very happy. It’s definitely a culture shock to the system.”