Real Reason why Will Ospreay vacated the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The Aeriel Assasin was recently stripped of the title.
Will Ospreay has had a phenomenal 2021 so far. The Aeriel Assasin won the 2021 New Japan Cup, following which he earned the right to face Kota Ibushi for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship at Sakura Genesis. He became the first British holder of the title after beating Ibushi at the event.
Ospreay went on to defend the title against Shingo Takagi at Wrestling Dontaku. However, due to a neck injury that he suffered during the match, he was forced to vacate the title on May 20, 2021. Ospreay even shared an X-Ray of his neck on social media.
— ᵂⁱˡˡ ᴼˢᵖʳᵉᵃʸ • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) May 25, 2021
According to the Voices of Wrestling podcast however, that is reportedly just a front for the real story.
Real Reason why Will Ospreay vacated the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
“New Japan trainers compared Will Ospreay’s various injuries to the recent injuries to Kazuchika Okada’s back and Kota Ibushi’s foot. NJPW felt Ospreay was hurt by shoulder pain, neck sprain, and various other minor ailments such as his nose. However, he was not injured to the point that he would be required to stop working immediately, or to the point, he would need to vacate the world title.”
“The original plan between NJPW and Will Ospreay was to work through the Wrestle Grand Slam tour after likely dropping the world title to Okada at the Tokyo Dome, closing out the Wrestle Grand Slam tour. Ospreay would then be given time off for Summer Struggle to heal up. However, when the Wrestle Grand Slam tour was canceled, Ospreay was told they could go home immediately.”
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) May 20, 2021
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