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William Ospreay (May 7, 1993) is an English professional wrestler better know by the ring name Will Ospreay. He is currently signed to Ring of Honor. He was previously signed to both New Japan Pro Wrestling and Evolve.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2012)

Ospreay debuted on April 1, 2012 in the United Kingdom in a four way match at the BritWres-Fest 2012 event. Debuting as Dark Britannico, he and competitors Metallico and Santeria were defeated by Leon Britannico. He wrestled his next match on June 24 at PROGRESS Wrestling's PROGRESS Chapter Two: The March Of Progress event, where he and Alex Esmail debuted as the tag team The Velocity Vipers. They were defeated by The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch).

Ospreay made his International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom debut on September 15 at the IPW:UK Samuels vs. Frazier 2012 event where he and Mark Haskins were defeated by Ashley Reed and Paul Robinson in a four way match. He finished his debut year with two matches during the month of November beginning with a November 10 booking for NWA-UK Hammerlock where he defeated Darrell Allen. On November 25 at PROGRESS Chapter Four: The Ballad Of El Ligero Ospreay was defeated by Mark Andrews.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016-present)

Ospreay signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling and made his debut on April 10, 2016. His debut match was a title shot against KUSHIDA for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship but was defeated by the champion. They had a rematch on June 19 at NJPW Dominion 6.19 In Osaka-Jo Hall but was again defeated by KUSHIDA. On September 22, he had a ROH World Championship match at NJPW Destruction In Hiroshima but was defeated by the defending champion Adam Cole. On October 8 at NJPW New Japan Road ~ Ganbare! Uonuma 2016, Ospreay teamed with Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero to challenge for the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship but were defeated by the champions David Finlay, Ricochet & Satoshi Kojima.

Ring Of Honor (2016-present)

On November 18, 2016, Ospreay made his ROH debut during the opening night of the ROH Reach For The Sky, where he defeated Bobby Fish to win the ROH World Television Championship. During the second night of the event, he and Marty Scurll challenged for the ROH World Tag Team Championship held by The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) but were defeated. On the third night of the event, Ospreay dropped the World Television title to his tag partner Marty Scurll. On December 2 at ROH Final Battle 2016, Ospreay challenged for a title rematch that included Marty Scurll and third opponent Dragon Lee but Scurll successfully retained the title in this challenge.

As 2017 began, Ospreay joined ROH and NJPW on their joint promotion tours, wrestling matches in Japan, Canada and in the United States.

Personal life

William Ospreay is currently in a relationship with a female professional wrestler Beatrice Priestley.

In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
    • 630° senton
    • Corkscrew shooting star press
    • Essex Destroyer (Front flip DDT)
    • Imploding 450° Splash
    • OsCutter (Springboard cutter)
    • Rainham Maker (Wrist-lock transitioned into a standing moonsault side slam)
    • Running knee strike to an opponent's head
  • Signature moves
    • Multiple kick variations
      • Cheeky Nandos Kick (Superkick to opponent on the turnbuckle)
      • Drop
      • Handspring enzuigiri
      • Jumping corkscrew roundhouse
      • Roundhouse
      • Super
    • Iron Octopus (Octopus hold)
    • Pip Pip Cheerio (Springboard forearm smash) - adopted from A.J. Styles
    • Sasuke Special (Cartwheel over the top rope suicide corkscrew moonsault)
    • Standing corkscrew senton
    • Standing shooting star press
  • Nicknames
    • "The Aerial Assassin"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Goin' Down" by Brady Ellis/Warner Chappell (ROH)
    • "The Aerial Assassin" by Yonosuke Kitamura
    • "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC (PWG)
    • "Just One" by Hoobastank
    • Uptown Funk' - Bruno Mars

Championships and accomplishments

  • FPW Tag Team Championship
  • RevPro British Cruiserweight Champioship (2-time)
  • RevPro British Tag Team Championship
  • SWE Speed King Championship

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