Robbie Eagles: I've Earned My Spot In NJPW

Robbie Eagles speaks ahead of clash with Will Ospreay.

This weekend at NJPW Southern Showdown in Melbourne, Australia, Robbie Eagles will challenge Ospreay for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. Eagles scored a controversial victory over Ospreay in the Best of Super Juniors as El Phantasmo interfered to help his Bullet Club teammate. While Eagles was displeased with the help, it did earn him a title shot as Ospreay is looking to avenge the loss.

Speaking to FoxSports Australia, Eagles previewed his bout with Ospreay.

“Is it a win that I was happy with? Not entirely,” Eagles said. “Is it something that I get the chance to rectify? You’re damn straight. “I feel like I’ve said that a lot of times across my career, but that’s because I always say biggest match of my career ‘so far’. So this truly is that. I’ve never had an opportunity at an IWGP title, and I think this is the first time one of the championships will be defended on my home soil. So to have that happen, and at Festival Hall which has so much history with pro wrestling; when I first worked into Festival Hall last year I was a relative unknown. I was with Mick Moretti against the Untouchables, Damian Slater and Marcius Pitt. We were sort of just thrown into the middle of that card, and a lot of people didn’t know who we were because these were people coming in off the back of New Japan."

Eagles continued, "Now I’m coming in as the semi main event, as one of the headline acts. It’s so surreal, it’s hard to not get choked up about it. It's a different feeling this time around. I’ve earned my spot in New Japan. I’ve earned my opportunity at the championship. Will Ospreay challenged me, as the champion, because he wants to try and rectify the loss that he got in the Best of the Super Juniors. And as if I’m going to turn down a title opportunity. This could be the biggest thing ever for me, and I’m not going to be leaving anything on the line or let it slip through my fingers. If this is the only opportunity I get, well, I usually like to say I’ll go down swinging, but I don’t see myself going down."

Fightful will have full results from NJPW Southern Showdown following the conclusion of the event.

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