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Will Ospreay
WillOspreay
Ospreay in September 2017
Birth name William Peter Charles Ospreay
Born 7 May 1993 (1993-05-07) (age 25)
Havering, London, England, U.K.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dark Britannico
Neo Britannico
Extreme Dude
Will Ospreay
William Ospreay
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Billed from Essex, England
Trained By Darren Burridge
London School of Lucha Libre
Debut April 1, 2012

  William Peter Charles Ospreay (born 7 May 1993) is an English professional wrestler and promoter who is currently signed to Japanese promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and American Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion, where he performs under the ring name Will Ospreay, where he is a former two-times IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, a former one-time ROH World Television Champion and the winner of 2016 Best of the Super Juniors. Ospreay was the first Briton to win both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and the Best of the Super Juniors. The readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter voted Ospreay the Best Flying Wrestler for two consecutive years from 2016 and 2017.

Before going to NJPW and Ring of Honor, Ospreay wrestled for the British independent circuit in promotions such as Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro), Progress Wrestling, International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom (IPW:UK) and WhatCulture Pro Wrestling (WCPW). Ospreay is a former Progress Championship and the winner of Super Strong Style 16 and 2015 Thunderbastard, a former one-time WCPW Tag Team Champion and a former two-times British Cruiserweight Champion and one-time Undisputed British Tag Team Champion. Ospreay his also known in England for being one of the members of The Swords of Essex alongside Paul Robinson and Scott Wainwright. 

Ospreay occasionally wrestles in the Australian independent circuit, working mostly for Melbourne City Wrestling, where he is a former one-time MCW Intercommonwealth Champion.

Early lifeEdit

A fan of Light Heavyweight wrestling since his youth, Charles was a fan of Essa Rios and Eddie Guerrero as a child. He cites the three-way match between AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe at TNA Unbreakable 2005 is the match that made him want to become a wrestler. He received his training at the London School of Lucha Libre, and made his professional debut soon after.

His nickname, "The Aerial Assassin", comes from his fandom of the Assassin's Creed series of video games.[1] said Charles in the interview from The Huffington Post.[2][1][3][4]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Early careerEdit

A fan of light-heavyweight wrestling since his youth, Ospreay was a fan of Essa Rios and Eddie Guerrero as a child. He cites the three-way match between AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe at TNA Unbreakable 2005 as the match that made him want to become a wrestler.[4] He began wrestling on the trampoline in his garden under the name Extreme Dude and before long his mother had bought him a wrestling ring to make sure he was being as safe as possible. He also wrestled for other backyard wrestling promotions as Ace Pain and Tinkerbell.

He received his training at Lucha Britannia's London School of Lucha Libre in Bethnal Green, London.[4] He made his professional debut at the co-promoted BritWres-Fest on 1 April 2012 as the masked character Dark Britannico, the evil twin of Lucha Britannia's signature wrestler Leon Britannico who was played by Paul Robinson, Ospreay's future tag team partner in the team The Swords of Essex.[2] While wrestling with Lucha Britannia he twice won the Lucha Britannia World Championship. Ospreay said in his interview with the Huffington Post that his nickname, "The Aerial Assassin", is an allusion to Assassin's Creed video game series and was a persona he adopted to stand out from other British high flying wrestlers, particularly PAC.[1]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016–present)Edit

On 3 March, Ospreay was announced as the newest member of the NJPW stable CHAOS. Appearing in a video, Ospreay challenged Kushida to an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match at Invasion Attack 2016 on 10 April.[5] On 10 April, Ospreay failed in his title challenge against Kushida.[6] Following the match, it was reported that NJPW had offered Ospreay a contract to become a regular for the promotion.[7] On 27 April, it was reported that Ospreay had signed the contract.[8] The following month, Ospreay entered the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. On 27 May, Ospreay faced Ricochet in the tournament in a match, which received widespread attention in the professional wrestling world. While some like William Regal praised the two, others criticized the match with the most notable criticism coming from Vader, who compared the match to a "gymnastics routine".[9][10][11] Ospreay ended up winning his block in the tournament with a record of four wins and three losses, advancing to the finals.[12] On 7 June, Ospreay defeated Ryusuke Taguchi in the finals to win 2016 Best of the Super Juniors, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the tournament as well as the first English and the fifth gaijin wrestler to win the tournament.[13] Following the win, Ospreay was granted another shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, but was again defeated by Kushida on 19 June at Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall.[14] On 20 July, Ospreay entered the 2016 Super J-Cup, defeating Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) representative Titán in his first round match.[15] On August 21, he was eliminated from the tournament in the second round by Matt Sydal.[16] On 8 October, Ospreay received his first shot at the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, but he and his CHAOS stablemates Beretta and Rocky Romero were defeated by the defending champions, David Finlay, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima.[17] On 11 February 2017 at The New Beginning in Osaka, Ospreay unsuccessfully challenged Katsuyori Shibata for the British Heavyweight Championship. In May, Ospreay won his block in 2017 Best of the Super Juniors tournament with a record of five wins and two losses, advancing to his second consecutive final. On 3 June, Ospreay was defeated in the final by KUSHIDA.

On 9 October at King of Pro-Wrestling, Ospreay defeated KUSHIDA to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time.[18] With the win, Ospreay became the first British IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.[19] He lost the title to Marty Scurll in his first defense on 5 November at Power Struggle.[20] Ospreay regained the title from Scurll on 4 January 2018 at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome in a four-way match, also involving Hiromu Takahashi and KUSHIDA.[21] In May 2018, Ospreay entered the 2018 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. He finished his block with a record of five wins and two losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament, due to losing to Taiji Ishimori in their head-to-head match. On June 9 at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall, Ospreay lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to the winner of the tournament, Hiromu Takahashi.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • 630° senton[22][23]  - used rarely
    • Corkscrew shooting star press[22]
    • Imploding 450° splash - used as a signature move thereafter
    • OsCutter (Springboard cutter)[24][25]
    • The Storm Breaker (Double underhook overhead gutwrench transitioned into a modified corkscrew neckbreaker) - 2018-present
  • Signature moves
    • Air Assassin (Imploding 450° splash)
    • Burning Star Press (Shooting star press to an opponent hanging in the top rope)
    • Essex Destroyer (Front flip DDT)[23]
    • Lifting inverted DDT
    • Multiple kick variations
      • 540º
      • Robinson Special (720° to the back of the head of a rising opponent)
      • Cheeky Nandos Kick (Super to opponent on the turnbuckle)
      • Drop
      • Handspring enzuigiri[23]
      • Jumping corkscrew roundhouse
      • Roundhouse
      • Silent Whisper (Super)
    • Iron Octopus (Octopus hold)
    • Off With His Head (High impact swinging back elbow to the back of a kneeling opponent's head, with theatrics)
    • Pip Pip Cheerio (Springboard forearm smash)
    • Rainham Maker (Standing moonsault side slam, sometimes transitioned from a straightjacket wrist-lock) - adopted from Kazuchika Okada
    • Running knee strike to an opponent's head
    • Sasuke Special (Cartwheel over the top rope suicide corkscrew moonsault)
    • Springboard forearm smash
    • Standing corkscrew senton bomb
    • Standing shooting star press
    • Corkscrew falling stunner, as a reversal to a suplex
  • Nicknames
    • "The Aerial Assassin"[26]
    • "The Commonwealth King"
    • "QuickSilver"
    • "The Cat"
  • Entrance themes
    • "The Aerial Assassin" by Yonosuke Kitamura[27]
    • "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC
    • "Elevated" by It Lives, It Breathes

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Future Pro Wrestling
    • FPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Paul Robinson[23]
  • Lucha Britannia
    • Lucha Britannia World Championship (2 times)
  • Melbourne City Wrestling
    • MCW Intercommonwealth Championship (1 time)[28]
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
  • Preston City Wrestling
    • PCW 'One to Watch in 2015' End of Year Award (2014)[29]
  • Progress Wrestling
    • Progress Championship (1 time)
    • Super Strong Style 16 (2015)
    • Thunderbastard (2014) [30]
  • Professional Wrestling Alliance
    • PWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[31]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #16 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016[32]
  • Reloaded Championship Wrestling Alliance
    • RCWA Elite-1 Championship (1 time)[33]
  • Revolution Pro Wrestling
    • British Cruiserweight Championship (2 times)[34]
    • Undisputed British Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Paul Robinson
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Television Championship (1 time)[35]
    • Best Move of the Year (2017) – OsCutter[36]
  • SoCal Uncensored
  • Southside Wrestling Entertainment
    • SWE Speed King Championship (2 times)[23]
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Scotty Wainwright[38]
    • Defiant Wrestling Award for Match of the Year (2017) – vs Drew Galloway on March 6[39]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • 5 Star Match (2016) with Matt Sydal and Ricochet vs. Adam Cole and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) on 3 September[40]
    • 5 Star Match (2017) vs. Kushida on June 3[41]
    • 5 Star Match (2018) vs. Marty Scurll on April 1[42]
    • Best Flying Wrestler (2016-2017)[43]
  • Other titles
    • British Triangle Championship (1 time) with Paul Robinson and Scott Wainwright[44]


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