Will Ospreay was a recent guest on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness. During the interview, he credited The Amazing Red for being an inspiration to his career. He also expressed his desire to face Red in NJPW. Here are the highlights:
On Who He Was Influenced By As A Kid:
I mean like, I used to watch like WWE but, I don’t know, those weren’t the things that made me want to be a backyard wrestler or anything, or a wrestler in general. It was like, guys like AJ Styles and Amazing Red, Ibushi, Marifuji, KENTA. Those guys were just like, ‘Ahhh!’ And all the Dragon Gate guys like Shingo and Dragon Kid. It was like, they’re the kids who just was like, mind-blowing at the time.
On Wanting To Face The Amazing Red In NJPW:
Honestly, there’s one guy that I’m doing my absolute best to try and — I think I have done it but it’s just when and where — it’s Amazing Red. This guy has innovated so many of our moves, like, if we could have royalties for wrestling moves, the guy would be a billionaire. And that’s the thing for me, I really want that match with him. Just because, I think this is another thing of me saying thank you again because he has done so much for our generation. I don’t think he realizes it. I don’t think he realizes it at all, he’s done so much for our generation of guys. I would love to give him a match and more importantly, I would love to give him a match as the IWGP Junior Champion as well. I’d love to, even if it was at one of those Super J-Cup shows, do you know what I mean? They’re doing them in America, there’s no reason why we can’t get him. I’d love to get him for that.
You can listen to the podcast below:
Credit: E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness. H/T 411Mania.