Will Ospreay

Dec 14, 2016 - by Jamie Cruickshank

will-ospreay

Real name: William Ospreay
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 174 lbs.
Date of birth: May 7, 1993
Hometown: London, England
Pro debut: April 1, 2012
Trained by: London School of Lucha Libre
Finishing move: OsCutter

Biography

– Ospreay began wrestling in his backyard and for several backyard promotions in his local area
– After training with the Lucha Britannia promotion, Ospreay debuted for them as ‘Dark Brittanico’
– By June 2012, Ospreay was wrestling under his real name
– In early 2013, Ospreay and Paul Robinson formed ‘The Swords of Essex’
– On June 1, 2013, Dark Brittanico defeated Metallico to win the Lucha Brittania Title
– On June 15, 2013, The Swords of Essex defeated Project Ego (Kris Travis & Martin Kirby) to win the RPW British Tag Team Titles
– On August 18, 2013, The Swords of Essex defeated Mark Haskins & El Ligero by DQ to retain the RPW British Tag Team Titles
– On December 8, 2013, The Swords of Essex defeated The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) to retain the RPW British Tag Team Titles
– On May 1, 2014, Dark Brittanico defeated The Bengal Tiger to win the Lucha Brittania Title
– On May 11, 2014, The Swords of Essex defeated The London Riots, The Alpha Males (Iestyn Rees & Charlie Garrett) and The Bhangra Knights (Darrell Allen & RJ Singh) in an Elimination Match to win the vacant FPW Tag Team Titles
– On September 14, 2014, The Swords of Essex defeated Terry Striker & The Warden to retain the FPW Tag Team Titles
– On October 19, 2014, Ospreay defeated Rich Swann & Josh Bodom in a 3-Way Match to win the RPW British Cruiserweight Title
– 5 days later, The Swords of Essex defeated The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) to retain the FPW Tag Team Titles
– On October 25, 2014, Ospreay defeated Curry Man, El Ligero, Kay Lee Ray, Rich Swann & Robbie X in an Elimination Match to win the SWE Speed King Title
– On November 9, 2014, Ospreay defeated Josh Bodom to retain the RPW British Cruiserweight Title
– On November 21, 2014, Ospreay defeated Uhaa Nation to retain the SWE Speed King Title
– On February 22, 2015, Ospreay defeated Rocky Romero to retain the RPW British Cruiserweight Title
– A week later, Ospreay defeated Mark Andrews in a Best of 3 Falls Match, then defeated Andrew Everett, Jimmy Havoc & Johnny Gargano in a 4-Way Match, both to retain the SWE Speed King Title
– On April 5, 2015, Ospreay defeated Jimmy Havoc to retain the RPW British Cruiserweight Title
– Later that week, Ospreay defeated Pete Dunne to retain the SWE Speed King Title
– On April 18, 2015, Ospreay defeated Preston Sage, Dowan, Sean Wilson, Theodore Powers & Thomas Dracuul to win the RCWA Elite-1 Title
– The next day, Ospreay defeated Ryan Smile to retain the SWE Speed King Title
– On May 25, 2015, Ospreay defeated El Ligero, Roderick Strong, Mark Haskins & Zack Sabre Jr to win the PROGRESS Super Strong Style Tournament
– On June 14, 2015, Ospreay defeated Matt Sydal in a Best of 3 Falls Match to retain the RPW British Cruiserweight Title
– On July 26, 2015, Ospreay defeated Jimmy Havoc in a No-DQ Match to win the PROGRESS Title
– Ospreay competed in the 2015 PWG Battle of Los Angeles, reaching the semi-finals. Incidentally, this was his first appearance outside the UK
– On September 6, 2015, Ospreay defeated Mark Haskins to retain the PROGRESS Title
– On November 29, 2015, Ospreay defeated Mark Andrews to retain the PROGRESS Title
– On December 6, 2015, Ospreay defeated Morgan Webster & Zack Gibson to retain the PROGRESS Title
– In January 2016, Ospreay made several appearances for TNA
– In March 2016, Ospreay was unveiled as a member of the New Japan roster
– Ospreay made his NJPW debut at Invasion Attack ’16, unsuccessfully challenging for KUSHIDA’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. He would become part of the CHAOS stable
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’16, CHAOS (Ospreay, YOSHI-HASHI, Gedo & Kazushi Sakuraba) defeated David Finlay, Jay White, Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi
– Ospreay entered the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors Tournament. His run in the tournament became infamous for his match against Ricochet. The highly gymnastic style of the match led to mass debate in wrestling circles, with some praising the athleticism and others criticising it for appearing too scripted
– Ospreay went on to win the Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, topping Block B before defeating Ryusuke Taguchi in the final. He became the first Brit to win the tournament, as well as the youngest ever winner.
– On July 10, 2016, Ospreay defeated Pete Dunne to win the RPW British Cruiserweight Title
– On August 7, 2016, Ospreay defeated Andrew Everett to win the SWE Speed King Title
– A week later, Ospreay defended the SWE Speed King Title against PJ Black
– On August 26, 2016, Ospreay defeated Pete Dunne to retain the RPW British Cruiserweight Title
– Ospreay reached the final of the 2016 PWG Battle of Los Angeles, losing to Marty Scurll
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’16, CHAOS (Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated BULLET CLUB (Adam Cole, Yujiro Takahashi & Bad Luck Fale)
– In November 2016, Ospreay signed an ‘exclusive’ contract with ROH, though would also be able to compete in the UK and Japan for other promotions
– On November 18, 2016, defeated Bobby Fish to win the ROH Television Title, though would lose it to Marty Scurll two days later
– At The New Beginning in Sapporo ’17, CHAOS (Ospreay, Gedo & Jado) defeated Katsuyori Shibata, Juice Robinson & Yoshitatsu
– On February 12, 2017, The Swords of Essex (Ospreay & Scott Wainwright) defeated El Ligero & Gabriel Kidd, Johnny Moss & Liam Slater and Prospect (Alex Gracie & Lucas Archer) in a Ladder Match to win the WCPW Tag Team Titles
– The next day, The Swords of Essex defeated Drew Galloway & Martin Kirby to retain the WCPW Tag Team Titles
– On March 13, The Swords of Essex defeated The South Coast Connection (Kelly Sixx & Ashley Dunn) to retain the WCPW Tag Team Titles
– A week later, The Swords of Essex defeated Matt Riddle & Liam Slater, Prospect (Alex Gracie & Lucas Archer) and The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) to retain the WCPW Tag Team Titles
– On March 21, Ospreay defeated Martin Kirby & Rampage to win the WCPW Pro Wrestling World Cup English Qualifier
– At Supercard of Honor XI, Ospreay & Volador Jr defeated Jay White & Dragon Lee
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’17, CHAOS (Ospreay & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated The Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens)
– Ospreay entered the 2017 Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, but was defeated in the final by KUSHIDA
– On June 16, The Swords of Essex defeated Prospect (Alex Gracie & Lucas Archer) to retain the WCPW Tag Team Titles
– On August 4, Ospreay defeated Robbie Eagles to win the PWA Heavyweight Title
– The next day, Ospreay defeated Adam Brooks to win the MCW Intercommonwealth Title
– In late-August, Ospreay defeated Rey Mysterio, Mike Bailey and Ricochet to reach the final of the WCPW Pro Wrestling World Cup, but lost to KUSHIDA in the final
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’17, Ospreay defeated KUSHIDA to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title, but would lose it to Marty Scurll in his first defense
– At Wrestle Kingdom 12, Ospreay defeated Scurll, KUSHIDA & Hiromu Takahashi to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– At The New Beginning ’18, Ospreay defeated Hiromu Takahashi to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– At NJPW Strong Style Evolved, in Long Beach, California, Ospreay defeated Jushin Thunder Liger
– At Sakura Genesis ’18, Ospreay defeated Marty Scurll to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’18, Ospreay defeated KUSHIDA to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Ospreay competed on the revived World of Sport show for ITV in the UK
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’18, CHAOS (Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka & Taichi)
– On December 30, 2018, The Swords of Essex (Ospreay & Paul Robinson) defeated Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) to win the PROGRESS Tag Team Titles
– At Wrestle Kingdom 13, Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi to win the NEVER Openweight Title
– On January 11, 2019, at RevPro’s New Year Revolution, Ospreay defeated Chris Brookes to retain the NEVER Openweight Title
– On January 20, The Swords of Essex (Ospreay & Paul Robinson) defeated CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) to retain the PROGRESS Tag Team Titles
– At Takashi Iizuka’s retirement show, Ospreay & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr & Lance Archer)
– At Honor Rising ’19, Ospreay defeated Dalton Castle to retain the NEVER Openweight Title
– On February 24, 2019, The Swords of Essex (Ospreay & Paul Robinson) defeated Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) to retain the PROGRESS Tag Team Titles
– At Wrestling Hinokuni ’19, Ospreay & Dragon Lee defeated The Bullet Club (Taiji Ishimori & HIKULEO)
– Ospreay won the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Shingo Takagi in the final
– At Dominion ’19, Ospreay defeated Dragon Lee to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title

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