Ospreay Not Looking Past Shingo Tagaki, Ospreay Comments On His Night 2 Match At Wrestling Dontaku May 4th

May 3, 2021

Ospreay is still dead set on facing Kazuchica Okada in the main event at the Tokyo Dome the on 29th of May at Wrestle Grand Slam but he is not looking past Shingo Tagaki. Speaking exclusively for NJPW1972.com Will Ospreay had a lot to say on a variety of subjects, staying at the top of the mountain at NJPW, how he uses the rules to his advantage, the weight of the title, Toa Heanare’s future.

Most importantly Will Ospreay would speak on his upcoming match with Shingo Tagaki and that right now he needs to focussed solely on Shingo Tagaki.

Ospreay on why he believes he had the advantage in their clash in the finals of New Japan Cup;

“If you look at Shingo all the way through the New Japan Cup, he was calling Kota Ibushi out after every single match. Even during the final he was going outside and talking to him! His focus wasn’t where it needed to be, and that’s why he lost. That’s why I had the advantage against him.”

Will Ospreay 02/05/2021(https://www.njpw1972.com/96441)

Ospreay would continue on how Shingo is now 100% focussed on him and how he was punished for thinking he could walk through him and how he paid for it during Road to Dontaku series;

“The tour opener at Yokohama, I’ll admit it; I took my eye off the ball. I paid for that. He threw me off that apron, right onto my tailbone. Because I’ve beaten Shingo twice already, I was focused on walking through him to Okada, and I lost. So now, Okada doesn’t exist. I have to focus everything I have on Shingo.”

Will Ospreay 02/05/2021(https://www.njpw1972.com/96441)

Ospreay would then say he is not afraid of Shingo Tagaki’s Fire:

“It’s a fire, with him. Pardon the Dragon pun, but he wants this win I think more than in any of the other matches we’ve had together. But then, I’m not afraid of fire at all, not mythical beasts either. I look forward to seeing him get burned out, heh”

Will Ospreay 02/05/2021(https://www.njpw1972.com/96441)

This will be the 4th time that Will Ospreay and Shingo Tagaki have faced each other in singles competition. Will Ospreay won the first encounter during the New Japan Super Juniors final, Shingo Tagaki would pick up the win in their 2nd clash during the G1 Tournament, with Ospreay winning the most recent clash during in New Japan Cup final.

Ospreay would discuss this how this is first time the two have faced in non-tournament format, with preliminary tag matches leading up to the bout;

“All these tag matches are very important, but they also give room to experiment. Yes the results matter, but it’s pride and attention in the end, not for the big prize in the singles matches. In Fukuoka I have to go for the kill, now it’s about making a game plan. I’m definitely looking forward to executing that game plan in front of a sold out crowd.”

Will Ospreay 02/05/2021(https://www.njpw1972.com/96441)

Will Ospreay faces off against Shingo Tagaki in the main event of Wrestling Dontaku Night 2 on the May the 4th, you catch all the action on the NJPW World at 7am GMT/2am EST.

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