Will Ospreay Wants His Title Match to Headline Wrestle Kingdom 14


Will Ospreay wants the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship to headline the Tokyo Dome this year, as New Japan Pro-Wrestling gets ready to bring its annual Wrestle Kingdom event to the historic arena for two back-to-back nights of action on Jan. 4th and 5th.

Ospreay posted the following on Twitter earlier today:

“How about the Jr. Heavyweights main event. Seeing as I bust my arse off harder than any Heavyweight this year. A nice reward would be Ospreay vs Hiromu, Tokyo Dome Main Event. NJ Cup, BOSJ, G1, Super J and Tag League. How about [we]make some history?”

We already know that the traditional Jan. 4th show will be headlined by Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against 2019 G1 Climax winner Kota Ibushi. However, there is currently talk of a Heavyweight vs. Intercontinental “winner take all” title match that would more than likely headline the second night on Jan. 5th.

You can hardly argue Ospreay’s point, if you take into consideration what he has actually accomplished this year. He started the year with a win over Kota Ibushi at Wrestle Kingdom 13, then competed in the 2019 New Japan Cup, where he scored upsets over super heavyweight opponents Lance Archer and Bad Luck Fale.

Ospreay then won the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors tournament – quite possibly the best in its history – by ending the undefeated streak of Shingo Takagi, before going on to defeat Dragon Lee at Dominion to win back the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship. He also competed in the G1 Climax for the first time ever, moving back and forth between the heavyweight division, and will apparently be competing in the upcoming World Tag League tournament.

Just in terms of match quality, Ospreay is among the best anywhere in the world right now. This year alone he has had 51 matches listed in Cagematch.net’s recommended match guide. He’s also had five “five star” or greater matches in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 2019 alone, and will likely be winning a lot of Best Of awards over the next few months.