Name: Will Ospreay
Aliases: Dark Britannico
Birthplace: Rainham, England
Aerial: I don’t think there has ever been anyone better off of his feet than Will Ospreay. He puts most Olympic gymnasts to shame with his ability to contort his body in the air. His ability and fluidity is only matched by his creativity and his disregard for his own safety. His stlye is fearless and sometimes borderline reckless. He came very close to breaking his own neck earlier this year and even though his NJPW coworker Hiromu Takahashi did recently in-fact break his neck, Ospreay has showed no signs of slowing down.
Appearance: In his early days, Ospreay was quite slender. However, he has a good frame and has recently added a good deal of muscle. He’ll look to continue to do so as he enters the heavyweight division. The only limiting factor will be making sure he doesn’t jeopardize his aerial movements, by adding too much weight.
Charisma: Ospreay is solid but not great on the microphone. He more than makes up for it with his ring presence. Your eye is drawn to him and you often find yourself waiting for his next move.
Power: His power is a work in progress. A majority of his career so far has been against smaller opponents and when that’s the case he has enough power to get by. However, that may not be the case as he faces more heavyweights. He is adding muscle and he doesn’t need to overpower anyone.
Technical: When you’re as good in the air as Ospreay you don’t want to spend a whole bunch of time on the mat, but that doesn’t mean he’s lacking in this category. He’s quite capable of quick transitions and smooth reversals when on the ground. He’s not a submission expert by any means, but he is able to utilize a submission attempt when needed.
Overview: It doesn’t seem fair to rate Ospreay as a prospect because he is already a legit superstar in Japan. Even though it feels like he has been around for ever, he only has 6 years of experience. He spends most of his time with New Japan, but amazingly competed for 21 promotions so far in 2018. His biggest criticism is that his ridiculous agility and balance sometimes shatter the illusion of disbelief. For example, most people wouldn’t do a handspring into a backflip in a real fight, but most of the time it looks so cool that no one cares. If he can manage to avoid a serious long-term injury, he may go down as one of the best performers ever.
Projection: Main Event
WWE Comparison: Shawn Michaels
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