When an available talent doesn’t want to work for a wrestling company with a worldwide television show, that’s a pretty telling sign.
Indie standout Will Ospreay was recently interviewed by The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast, and admitted that he lied to TNA management saying he was about to sign with New Japan, so he was unavailable to work any more of their future shows.
Ospreay did eventually sign with NJPW, but he didn’t know that at the time. He claimed that he only wanted to work in Wembley Stadium, which TNA visited for their UK tour. Ospreay battled Mandrews in a losing effort, and he left satisfied with the experience, but also seems happy that he didn’t sign on with them for more.
Here is a part of a transcription from Wrestling Inc:
"I just did not want to be with TNA because for me, personally, especially with the recent, video that the Hardys released. It's not me shooting, but I just don't like it. I think it was so bad."
Hard to argue with him there. He also revealed a bit of scary news, when he said that his body is starting to give up on him. He’s only 23-years-old. Ospreay has an incredibly bright future ahead of him, and he’s proved he can create a buzz, as his match against Ricochet was one of the recent talks of the wrestling world. Hopefully he can slow down a bit to enjoy a lengthy career.
It’s too bad that TNA has sunk to this point, as Ospreay in the X-Division against the likes of Trevor Lee and Eddie Edwards could provide some great matches. You can’t really blame him, though, as the company has done a terrible job of featuring their once mighty division.
Hopefully this is some sort of wake up call to management that massive changes are still needed to entice top indie talent to sign on.
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