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 topics discussed was the Cruiserweight Classic, a tournament that took place in 2016 and featured talent from outside of the WWE. NJPW’s Zack Sabre Jr (although not signed at that time to New Japan), Kota Ibushi and Tajiri were among the names performing in the competition. Apparently, Will Ospreay was also being considered for a spot in the tournament, and Ospreay revealed in the interview that he ‘could’ve’ taken part.
“I was, but not really. Like nowhere near to be honest” Ospreay began. “It was just phone calls, it was like…William Regal called me while I was filming a commercial for Virgin Trains or something like that. He said, ‘do you fancy doing the Cruiserweight Classic? We have this tournament happening and you’ll need to be under 205 pounds.’ I was like ‘I’m interested yeah but I am going to New Japan in April.’ There was nothing signed saying that I was legally New Japan’s property at that time.”
Ospreay then revealed that Triple H green-lit the idea that Ospreay could work both the Best of The Super Juniors and The CC for WWE. “I said [to Regal] ‘would you have a problem if I did New Japan? Regal just drops the one liner ‘let me ask Triple H, I’ll get right back to you.’ And me being a kid I’m like ‘what the f*ck is going on!’ Triple H? he’s like ‘yeah, I’m fine with him doing New Japan, doing the Super Juniors and then he can come to the Cruiserweight Classic. Then he’s free to do what he wants to do.'”
WWE, New Japan or TNA
The ‘Aerial Assassin’ would also reveal that as the date got closer WWE wanted to get Ospreay on board “full time” before committing to a place in the tournament. “But then as it started getting closer to April? There was a call in March, and they said that they [WWE] wanted me full time. I would have to go over there and be a part of the developmental system. I wasn’t ready for that for me. In March of 2016, it was a choice between WWE, New Japan and TNA. And TNA for me just wasn’t it wasn’t an option at all. I just didn’t want to go there.”