Will Ospreay is ready for his showdown against "The Switchblade".
Today, in the main event of New Japan Pro Wrestling's 47th Anniversary Show, the current NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay and the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion "Switchblade" Jay White will compete in a non-title singles match. Jay White and Will Ospreay have a storied history with one another and today will not be the first time that they meet in the squared circle. One of their memorable bouts occurred at Ring Of Honor's 'War Of The Worlds' show in 2017 prior to Jay White taking on the "Switchblade" gimmick.
White will not be defending his IWGP Heavyweight Championship until G1 Supercard in April so he is a lock to possibly headline Madison Square Garden against the winner of the New Japan Cup. Will Ospreay stated during an interview with NJPW1972.com that if he can beat Jay White today, he deserves to be in the IWGP Heavyweight Title match at G1 Supercard.
"It is what it is. Madison Square Garden is sold out. 20,000 people? That’s ridiculous. He’s going to headline this match, so he’s not going to defend his title at the Anniversary Show. He will be going into MSG as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. But what if I could put a little bit of doubt in his mind? Right now, Jay White thinks 'I’m unbeatable'. That’s what he thinks. 'I’ve beaten The Rainmaker. I’ve beaten the Ace.' He said back when he faced Kenny Omega, 'Once I put the fear into Kenny that he can be beaten, the BULLET CLUB will fall apart' and it did. What if I do the same? Right now, he’s unbeatable. Who can beat Jay White? Okada couldn’t do it, Tanahashi couldn’t do it. But what if there’s a boy from England, a boy that’s already beaten you, a boy that since then has gotten better and a boy that has just become the man? I know in my heart of hearts that I can beat Jay White. If I do beat Jay White, I think that I thoroughly deserve to be put into that main event spot. I should be in there." Ospreay explained.
Fightful will have live coverage of 47th Anniversary and to get a look at the updated match card for today's event, click here.