Will Ospreay

Credit to Portrait of a Wrestler for the photograph

Name: Will Ospreay

Nicknames/aliases: The Aerial Assassin, Dark Britannico

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 195lbs

Age*: 26

From: Rainham, England

Started training: 2011

Trained by:
Greg Burridge
Gary Vanderhorn
London School of Lucha Libre

Companies worked for:
Apollo Championship Wrestling
British Championship Wrestling
Celtic Championship Wrestling
Combat Zone Wrestling
Dragon Gate UK
EVOLVE Wrestling
Fight Club: PRO
Fight Nation Wrestling
Five Star Wrestling
Frontline Wrestling
Frontier Championship Wrestling
Future Pro Wrestling
FutureShock Wrestling
German Wrestling Promotion
Global Force Wrestling
International Pro Wrestling: UK
Kamikaze Pro
Lucha Britannia
Lucha Forever
Melbourne Championship Wrestling
National Wrestling Alliance UK Hammerlock
New Generation Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Over The Top Wrestling
Preston City Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Australia
Pro Wrestling Chaos
Pro Wrestling Guerilla
PROGRESS Wrestling
Reloaded Championship Wrestling Alliance
Revolution Pro Wrestling
Ring Of Honor
Riptide Wrestling
Rising Sun Wrestling Promotions
Scottish Wrestling Alliance
South Coast Wrestling
Southern Pro Wrestling
Southside Wrestling Entertainment
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
The Wrestling League
VII Pro Wrestling
Westside Xtreme Wrestling
WhatCulture Pro Wrestling
World Wrestling Network
WOS Wrestling
X Wrestling Alliance

FPW Tag Team Championship
IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship
Lucha Britannia World Championship
MCW Intercommonwealth Championship
PROGRESS Tag Team Championship
PROGRESS World Championship
PWA Heavyweight Championship
RevPro British Cruiserweight Championship
RevPro British Tag Team Championship
RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship
ROH Television Championship
SWE Speed King Championship
WCPW Tag Team Championship

British Triangle Championship (first ever) – not associated with a promotion

2014 – PROGRESS Wrestling Thunderbastard winner

2015 – PROGRESS Wrestling Super Strong Style 16 Tournament winner

2016 – Best of the Super Juniors Tournament winner

2016 – #16 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500

2017 – #21 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500

2018 – #12 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500

2019 – Best of the Super Juniors Tournament winner

Signature moves:
The Oscutter
(Springboard RKO)
Essex Destroyer
(Front Flip DDT)
630 Splash
Handspring Enzuigiri

I was lucky enough to sit down for an interview with ‘The Ariel Assassin’ Will Ospreay st WCPW’s season two tapings and I was able to talk to him about what got him into wrestling.
Ospreay was a fan of Light Heavyweight wrestling since his youth, and two of his favourites were WWE highfliers like Essa Rios and Eddie Guerrero. He has said on numerous occasions that the match that made him want to become a wrestler was the three-way match between AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe at TNA Unbreakable 2005 as the match that inspired him to begin training, he told me that “I saw AJ Styles do a springboard shooting star press and I said I’m gonna be a wrestler.”

This led to him attending the London School of Lucha Libre, and made his professional debut for Lucha Britannia soon after. From there Ospreay has not looked back and has quickly become one of the very best high fliers on the planet. His wrestling has journey has already seen him travel the world and wrestle some of the best performers on the planet. Given the standard of these matches it isn’t surprising that one went viral and not long before our sit down it seemed as if the whole world had been watching Ospreay vs Ricochet. Although the match was not to everyone’s tastes it is impossible to take anything away from the talent or athleticism of either man.

One man who was impressed by this match was the advocate of Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman who recently invited Ospreay (and his guest Marty Scurll) to attend his recent UK tour. I spoke to Ospreay about this and was impressed with the canditness of his answers:

Neil Rogers – “What was it like to not only meet Paul Heyman but to be a guest of his to the show and then be invited on stage to be given his business card?”
Will Ospreay – “It was the most surreal thing in the world, I didn’t know that was happening, like, think about it, I’ve grown up watching that man on TV in ECW, i watched him in the Invasion Angle, I watched him as the Smackdown General Manager, I watched him bring in Brock Lesnar. I have watched this man ever since I was a kid and I have nothing but respect for him because he is one of the best talkers out there.”
NR – “So your reaction was genuine? Because I did think you looked genuinely taken aback…”
WO – “Yeah, like when I heard him say ‘Will Mr Ospreay please come to the stage” I thought I was in trouble. I thought I must have said something on Twitter about Vader or something like that since that was all kicking off at the time. But then the moment he pulled out the contract felt like… Wow. All my hard work, all the time I’d been in hospital beds where they said ‘Maybe you should stop doing this’, or when the teachers said “You’re never gonna make money out of this’ or the times my girlfriends would break up with me because they couldn’t handle the wrestling it all felt worth it. It felt like I had achieved something. I’d grabbed that imaginary brass ring that everyone talks about. It was like an out of body experience, like, I saw all these people looking at me and I saw me looking at Paul and it was just the most surreal thing in the world.”

At WCPW Ospreay added to his already impressive resume by putting on two match of the year candidates, one in a triple threat match with Noam Dar and El Ligero and the other in a singles match with Martin Kirby. I was lucky enough to be in the crowd for both matches and they were legitimately two of the most exciting contests I have ever seen and both included things I have never seen before.

Ospreay is currently one of, if not THE, hottest talents anywhere in the world of professional wrestling and he literally had the world at his feet. If you ever get the chance to see him live we implore you to check him out because it will surely not be long before Ospreay is spending more of his time abroad and his UK fans will get less opportunities to see ‘The Ariel Assassin’ in person

From myself and everyone else on the Calling Spots staff I would like to wish Will Ospreay all the best in the future and I hope our paths will cross again down the line. Good luck brother!

Social Media:
Facebook – Will Ospreay (@WillOspreay)
Instagram – willospreay
Twitter – WillOspreay

Dream opponent:
Eddie Guerrero followed closely by Koto Ibushi and Rey Mysterio. He did wrestled as Rey Mysterio’s tag partner on the final day of 5* Wrestlings tour and said Mysterio revolutionised wrestling and that without him it is unlikely there would be a Will Ospreay.

Random fact(s):
In an interview with the Huffington Post Ospreay stated his nickname, “The Aerial Assassin”, comes from him being a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series.

Ospreay is a trained ballroom dancer. His mother ran a drama school which would out on shows and if an extra man was needed to make up the numbers he was often drafted in. Although he was a naturally talented dancer he eventually needed further training as the dances became more and come complex and he was sent to different schools and trainers around the UK. When asked about his favourite dance he stated “I love a jive!”

*as of June 2019

Written by Neil Rogers