Will Ospreay has provided an update on his neck.
On May 20, NJPW announced that Ospreay was vacating the IWGP World Heavyweight Title due to a neck injury. Ospreay had successfully defended the title against Shingo Takagi at Wrestling Dontaku on May 4.
Voices of Wrestling reported that Ospreay's neck injury was legitimate, but there was a disagreement between Ospreay and NJPW over treatment as Ospreay wanted to return to the UK while the company wanted him to remain in Japan. VOW reported the plan was for Ospreay to drop the title to Okada and then take time to heal. Ospreay was scheduled to face Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Grand Slam on May 29 before the event was postponed due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests, which included Okada, and Japan declaring a state of emergency.
Taking to social media, Ospreay said about his current status, "Had my physio pop over the house today & after further digging I’m now being referred for another MRI on my lower back as well for fears I may have the same issue in my neck. Things ain’t looking good, but I’m determined to comeback this year. Thanks for all the support."
Had my physio pop over the house today & after further digging I’m now being referred for another MRI on my lower back as well for fears I may have the same issue in my neck.— ᵂⁱˡˡ ᴼˢᵖʳᵉᵃʸ • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) May 26, 2021
Things ain’t looking good, but I’m determined to comeback this year
Thanks for all the support.
It is unknown when Ospreay will return to the ring.
Before vacating the title, Ospreay discussed his current status and love for NJPW. You can find his full comments by clicking here.