ELP issues an apology.
Following his victory in the Super J-Cup, El Phantasmo called Will Ospreay the "Autistic Assassin," playing off Ospreay's "Aerial Assassin" nickname. For obvious reasons, the comment drew backlash from those in attendance, leading to ELP issuing an apology.
"I'd like to address my actions after winning the Super J Cup this past (weekend)....
In the heat of the moment I called Will Ospreay "The Autistic Assassin" and I want to say sorry to anyone that was offended by my comment. It was uncalled for on my behalf and you deserve better. Looking back I wish I didn't say it, I promise it wasn't scripted, it was an unnecessary way of getting cheap [heat] and I genuinely apologize if you were hurt by my words. I've never been comfortable on the mic, the inexperience showed and I promise to do better going forward.
The show did not air on NJPW World or any other service, so only fans in attendance heard the comment. The entire Super J-Cup will be released on NJPW World in September. It is unknown of ELP's comment will be edited out of the broadcast.
Ospreay and ELP are set to meet in tag team action this Saturday, Aug. 31, at NJPW Royal Quest.