Sports Illustrated interviewed New Japan Pro Wrestling star Will Ospreay recently. Will discussed about thinking about joining WWE, Why he did not sign with Evolve and much more. Below are a few highlights.
On WrestleMania being a dream:
"I'm never going to say that WWE has not been in my mind. For anyone who ever gets into wrestling, WrestleMania is always the dream. Right now, I am over the moon with New Japan and I could stay here for another five years with all the talent coming through. Everyone backstage is a joy to work with, but WWE is on my mind, and they obviously had had interest in me. But right now I just want to learn from the best in the world in Japan."
Why he did not sign with EVOLVE:
"I watched Paul Heyman as I grew up, right on my TV screen, so for him to call me out and say how much of a revolutionary I am in this business, it was so surreal. Gabe Sapolsky, who was Paul Heyman's right hand guy back in the ECW days, runs EVOLVE, and they have a connection with NXT. If my contract with New Japan didn't say that I have to hand over all agreements and contracts, then I would have signed on the dot, that moment. I cannot thank Gabe Sapolsky and Paul Heyman enough – it was one of the most touching moments of my life."
Vader not putting him over:
"This is a business, and I do what I'm told to do, but I am unhappy about the way it went about. The original plan was for me to be over, and it changed the night before because he didn't want to do it. I was a little bit disappointed in the fact that a man like Vader, at the age that he is, refused to put over a guy like me—maybe because I don't fit the mold of what wrestlers look like. I never complain about putting someone over, but this is one time—after the headache that I went through—that I should have gone over."
Ospreay also talked about his upcoming tour with Ring of Honor, Finn Balor and more. You can check out the full interview here.
Source: Sports Illustrated