After getting a taste of wrestling at heavyweight numerous times in 2019, Ospreay entertains the idea of going for the IWGP Heavyweight title.
During an interview with NJPW where fans got to ask a majority of the questions, Ospreay was asked about possibly gunning for the IWGP Heavyweight title, even while competing as a junior heavyweight. Ospreay said he loves the concept of potentially holding both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight and Heavyweight titles at the same time.
But Ospreay added that his main focus is to elevate the junior heavyweights and that after a year that saw him compete in a variety of major tournaments at both weight divisions, he admitted he will soon have to come to a decision on what division to stay at in the future.
"I would love to be a double champion. Nobody’s ever done that before, and that would be so cool. But I do know that this year has been hard on my body. I’ve done New Japan Cup, Best of the Super Juniors, G1 Climax, Super J-Cup. Most likely Super Junior Tag League as well. It’s been awesome, but it’s so demanding that I think I need to arrive at a decision to stay junior heavyweight or move to heavyweight. It would be great to be a double champion and do both, but I think it’s more important to elevate the junior heavyweights. It’s always the junior heavyweight matches that are playing second to a heavyweight main event. I know for me to be considered a main event guy I need to be looking at the heavyweights, but while I am a junior heavyweight, I will always be putting on the very best matches, and proving that the juniors are the best wrestlers in the world," Ospreay said.
Ospreay, the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion, has occasionally competed in singles matches at heavyweight, including this year's G1 Climax and New Japan Cup. Among the notable heavyweights Ospreay has faced this year are Kazuchika Okada, Bad Luck Fale, SANADA, Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
The full interview between Ospreay and NJPW can be read at this link.