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Will Ospreay On How He Believes AEW Can Grow As A Company

Will Ospreay discusses the growing pains of a five-year-old wrestling company and how it can improve in the future.

AEW International Champion Will Ospreay was a recent guest on SHAK Wrestling. When asked what growing pains All Elite Wrestling is going through right now that they will overcome at some point, Ospreay admitted that the criticism is new to him, but it’s not something he shies away from at all.

“I don’t know right now because, once again, it’s all fairly new to me,” Will Ospreay admitted. “I do believe that we’ve had this string of bad luck when it comes to criticism when the ratings come in, and a lot of people live on that. But I think right now, we’re in a rebuilding phase, and they’re always hard.

“I was discussing this with some of my friends a little while ago. Even as a wrestler, five years in, you do find yourself that you always hit a plateau. Whether that’s within your character or ability or whether it’s trying to get booked elsewhere, there is always that five-year growing pain. I think every company goes through it.

“If we were going to look back five years to what WWE was doing, it was low. But the way that they’re thriving right now, it’s inspiring. And everyone should be like, ‘Somethings a hit. Okay, you guys are doing that; we have to change the bar and see what we have to do to change things up.’ Once again, I’m not one of these fucking people who shy away from it. I enjoy criticism.

“Whenever people decide what we gotta do. Like someone was criticizing the way I dress. And the thing is, I completely understand that’s their flavor of a championship representative. But if you ever walk around my area of Essex, that is how people dress. That is like the complete authenticity of how I look and how the people around my area talk.

“I do get it, but I live in a world where this is how people dress, and this is how people act and talk. I do love saying look at all the good we’re doing. Look at all the killer matches we’re doing. In the same sense, we do have to take the criticisms on board because that’s how we’re going to grow as a company.”

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