Will Ospreay is taking on his idol.
Two former multi-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions in Will Ospreay and Kota Ibushi will do battle in the opening match of tomorrow's NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 super-show. Ospreay and Ibushi's match is for the NEVER Openweight Championship which is currently held by Kota but both men have made it clear that their match is much more than just about a title belt. During a recent interview Ibushi shared that he feels his match with Ospreay has just as much significance as the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 13 which is Kenny Omega versus Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
A few days ago Will Ospreay took to Twitter and Instagram and opened up about his forthcoming match against "The Golden Star" and a quote from Ospreay stood out among the rest of his caption which was, "My idol is my rival".
Match 1.— “Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay (@WillOspreay) December 29, 2018
January 4th 2019.
Wrestle Kingdom 13.
NEVER Openweight Championship. pic.twitter.com/cNUy9Ai9SU
You have no idea how much you helped me this day. Only a few days before this photo/match, I lost a friend who helped me in British Wrestling, Kris Travis.
To be in the ring with a man I would call an inspiration, helped me not focus on grieving but to celebrate his life.
After this moment and how fans reacted to how we were in the ring, I knew that this was the match I wanted.
Now I’m under a week my dream match on the biggest stage of my life. For a championship that has lost its place in New Japan but now shall live up to what it should be, an Openweight Championship.
What I’m saying is thank you for helping me all those years ago, but January 4th 2019, my idol is my rival.
Immediately after Wrestle Kingdom 13 concludes, head over to the Fightful Pro Wrestling YouTube channel for a review of the show.