Wrestling / Will Ospreay

The Aerial Assassin.

William "Will" Ospreay (born 7 May 1993) is a British professional wrestler known for his appearances with Pro Wrestling Guerilla as well as Progress Wrestling, Rev Pro and other indy wrestling promotions. He is primarily known for his aerial style and is currently one of the rising stars on the independent scene. He has been a PROGRESS Wrestling Champion, a Best of the Super Juniors winner and an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

"Aerial Assassin" Tropes:

  • Ascended Fanboy: Played up on commentary quite a bit, but he is legitimately a huge fan of many of the people he wrestles, including AJ Styles, Matt Sydal, and Ricochet. He even went as far as call Styles the reason he even got inside a ring in the first place.
  • Arch-Enemy: Matt Sydal in Rev Pro, Jimmy Havoc in PROGRESS.
    • Face/Heel Double-Turn: After Jimmy reformed himself towards the end of 2016, and asked for Ospreay's help, Will wasn't going to forget Jimmy coming at him with an axe.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Used "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC as entrance music in PROGRESS until his heel turn.
  • Evil Former Friend: Paul Robinson serves as this after joining Regression and becoming an out and out psycho.
    • The Corrupter: Clearly got in Will's head, and pointed out to him that playing nice had never gotten him anywhere.
  • Fragile Speedster: He can bring the pain to his opponents, but can't physically take it as well as his other CHAOS mates (though he does have times where he shows plenty of willpower).
  • Finishing Move: Ospreay uses a 630 senton and a flipping DDT called The Essex Destroyer. Nowadays, he uses a springboard cutter called the OsCutter.
  • I Have the High Ground: Boy howdy. Most of his offense is comprised of aerial blows and agile strikes. In fact he's become famous for his high-flying moves.
  • Kid Hero: Has wrestled as a Face for most of his career and he's 23 as of 2016.
  • Leitmotif: Started using "Elevated" by It Lives, It Breathes, a loud and high-energy version of his NJPW theme "Aerial Assassin".
  • Made of Iron: You wouldn't think this due to his size, but Ospreay can take a LOT of punishment and still get back up. He's tanked a Burning Hammer onto a chair from Jimmy Havoc, along with getting hit by Havoc's Finishing Move umpteen times, and still went on to win the match and become champion.
  • Power Stable:
  • Power Trio: The Swords of Essex with Paul Robinson and Scott Wainwright.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: His Twitter feud with Vader boiled over into an actual match between the two of them in August 2016, which Vader won.
  • Red Baron: The Aerial Assassin.
  • Rogues Gallery: In PROGRESS, Ospreay has: Jimmy Havoc, Paul Robinson, Marty Scurll and Zack Gibson (Which possibly brings the other members of Gibson's stable The Origin; Nathan Cruz El Ligero and Dave Mastiff).
  • Shout-Out: His nickname and entrance attire is one for Assassin's Creed.
  • Spot Monkey: Averted. Despite being primarily known for his aerial attacks, Ospreay combines it with a good knowledge of Wrestling Psychology and grappling ability.
  • Take That!: After Vader insulted his matches as being glorified stunts, Ospreay did the Vader Bomb in his next few matches... and never got more than a 1 count off it.note 
  • Three-Point Landing: At the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors, getting sick of Ricochet doing so, Ospreay took to landing them in the exact same manner at the exact same time to get him to cut it out. This sequence went memetic after someone turned it into a gif.
  • Tag Team: With Paul Robinson as the Swords of Essex. Outside of Progress there's more than 2 members, and they've even made their own "British Triangle Championship" to defend against other trios.