Former AEW World Champion Kenny Omega recently spoke to Fightful regarding a number of topics, where The Cleaner stated that NJPW star Will Ospreay is great at doing moves and having five-star matches that no one remembers. Omega additionally noted that NJPW made the right call going all in on Jay White as their top foreign star over Ospreay.
This was just the latest chapter in the ongoing war of words between the two elite performers, as the pair have been trading shots on twitter since Omega departed New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2019.
Speaking to Wrestle Inn, Ospreay responded to Omega’s recent comments, noting that he believes Omega held him back from appearing on AEW a year ago.
“It’s belittling. He’s only doing it because of the interview side of things, he has to try and save face. You saw his true colors there. He wanted to bury me and he couldn’t. This comes from a long line of things. Even speaking of AEW, it is only because I hang around with the boys after and we’re all smoking and talking shit. Apparently, the rumor was that I was meant to be there a year ago, just doing ‘forbidden door’ stuff and somebody is putting the block on it. It doesn’t take two and two to realize who it is. One person who has not been there for a while and all of a sudden, I’m welcome in with open arms,”-Will Ospreay
Ospreay continued, highlighting an injury that Kenny Omega’s best friend Kota Ibushi suffered at the hands of Ospreay as the moment their issues began.
“This whole thing has generated from back in 2019, it was Kenny’s last match and I guess he wanted Ibushi out there to second him. I fucking blew Ibushi’s brain out with the hidden blade. He’s super fucking mad at me. The thing is, I’m mad at myself when those situations happen. I don’t want to brain somebody, but it’s a legal wrestling move. I’m allowed to do it. I’m allowed to do blows to the back of the head, 12-6 elbows down. This is a 9-3 elbow strike, I’m allowed to do it. Obviously, the repercussion is he got knocked out and it was a bad concussion. Since then, myself and Ibushi, we have gone out for drinks. We don’t talk anymore, but after that point, we went for drinks and meals, we’re fine, but Kenny is butthurt off an accident.”-Will Ospreay
The concussion in question happened at Wrestle Kingdom 13 when Ospreay defeated Ibushi, after which Ibushi left on a stretcher. Later that night, Omega competer in what would ultimately be his last match in NJPW, as he lost his IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Ospreay continued to air his grievances, ensuring that fans are aware that his comments aren’t leading to a match between the pair.
“He can think what he wants about me, but the motherfucker is such a little bitch. The same person who is like, ‘I grew up after six or seven five-star matches.’ No you didn’t, you cunt. You vanity search your name on Twitter to see what everybody says and when it’s bad, you cry in the corner of your million-pound house and you’re still bothered by some cunt who sits doing some wrestling matches who is trying to help out, not only the British scene, but the Japanese scene, because I’m not an idiot when it comes to my company. We got hit hard by the pandemic. Does that mean I’m taking a day off? No, I’m working my ass off to bring it back because that’s what you said to do. This is the reason I don’t like Kenny. This is where some people can relate. When you say something to me, look me in the eye, and speak to me, when you talk to me and tell me this and then go to fans and talk differently, that’s where we have a problem. You have my number, if we have a problem, call me and we can fucking talk about this. I don’t have anything to say to him. Be all, end all, I’m sure if everyone was in the same room, I would slap him. The worst thing is, people are gonna listen and be like, ‘They’re building to something.’ We’re not building up to anything. He’s a cunt. I will slap that boy and remind him, ‘You’re a fucking 40-year-old man and you’re fucking fragile. Do you really want to get with me? I will end you.'”-Will Ospreay
Finishing on the matter, Ospreay said that Kenny’s comparison with Jay White was simply Omega’s own opinion, and not one that bothered or was needed by Ospreay.
“Just know that when you talk shit, it does get back to me. Be aware that there are people, in your workplace, that are talking shit about you as well. Maybe you’re not coming off smelling roses like you thinking,”-Will Ospreay
Kenny Omega has been absent from in-ring action since November of last year due to a multitude of injuries, whereas Ospreay currently finds himself set to compete in this year’s G1 Climax.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription.