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Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (2005-2020) [ ]
Vigier began his career in Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW) in October 2005 , wrestling under the name El Phantasmo . Phantasmo would go on to with form a tag team with Amazing Halo , winning the ECCW Tag Team Championship on May 5, 2007 . However, on July 27, Phantasmo and Halo lost the title to Disco Fury and Michelle Starr in a Six Man Tag Team Match. On July 6, 2013 , El Phantasmo won the ECCW Championship after winning a Four Way TLC Match. Phantasmo would lose the title to Randy Myers the following year. On January 16, 2016 , Phantasmo would regain the ECCW Championship after defeating Scotty Mac in a Steel Cage Match. After a 364 day reign, Phantasmo lost the title to Kyle O'Reilly on January 14, 2017 . After winning a Three Way Match on January 20, 2018 , Phantasmo would capture the ECCW Championship for a third time. On January 11, 2019 , Phantasmo was defeated by Artemis Spencer, ending his reign.
Revolution Pro Wrestling (2017-2020) [ ]
On June 4, 2017 , Phantasmo debuted for Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro), losing to David Starr . Phantasmo took part in a Five Way Match for the RevPro Undisputed British Cruiserweight Championship on December 8, but failed to win. The following year , on March 4, Phantasmo unsuccessfully challenged RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr. Later that year, in September, Phantasmo would win the British J Cup. Phantasmo would finally win the Undisputed British Cruiserweight Championship on May 10, 2019 , after defeating David Starr in a Ladder Match. After a 280 day reign, Phantasmo was dethroned by Michael Oku on February 14, 2020 .
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2019-present) [ ]
Junior heavyweight division (2019-2022) [ ].
On March 8, 2019 , a vignette was shown, revealing that El Phantasmo would debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) as the newest member of BULLET CLUB . Phantasmo debuted on May 4 at Wrestling Dontaku - Night 2 , winning a tag team match after pinning Will Ospreay . Later, Phantasmo competed in the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, finishing with twelve points in Block B, failing to advance. Soon after the tournament's conclusion, Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori would defeat Roppongi 3K ( SHO and YOH ) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship . In August, Phantasmo competed in the Super J Cup , making his way to the final, where he defeated Dragon Lee to win the tournament. At Destruction In Kagoshima on September 16, Phantasmo and Ishimori made their first defence of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, defeating Will Ospreay and Robbie Eagles . The following month, at King of Pro Wrestling , Phantasmo failed to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship from Ospreay. Phantasmo and Ishimori would then compete in the 2019 Super Junior Tag League, but failed to advance to the final after finishing with ten points. On January 5, 2020 , at Wrestle Kingdom 14 - Night 2 , Phantasmo and Ishimori lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Roppongi 3K, who had won the Super Junior Tag League.
Later that year, on December 12, Phantasmo won the 2020 Super J Cup after defeating ACH in the final. After the match, Phantasmo would call out Hiromu Takahashi . As a result, Phantasmo faced Takahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 15 - Night 1 on January 4, 2021 , but was defeated. Later that month, at Road To The New Beginning - Night 5 , Phantasmo and Ishimori defeated El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for a second time. However, the following month, Phantasmo and Ishimori would lose the title back to Desperado and Kanemaru at Road To Castle Attack - Night 8 . Three days later, at Castle Attack - Night 2 , Phantasmo failed to win the vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship in a Three Way Match. On June 23, at Kizuna Road - Night 7 , Phantasmo and Ishimori won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for a third time after beating Roppongi 3K. At Wrestle Grand Slam In Tokyo Dome on July 25, Phantasmo and Ishimori successfully defended their title against Rocky Romero and Ryusuke Taguchi . Phantasmo and Ishimori would then compete in the 2021 Super Junior Tag League, finishing with eight points and thus, failing to win the tournament. On September 5, at Wrestle Grand Slam In MetLife Dome - Night 2 , Phantasmo and Ishimori lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Super Junior Tag League winners El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru.
In November and December, Phantasmo competed in the 2021 Best of the Super Juniors, finishing the tournament with twelve points, failing to advance to the final. On January 5, 2022 , at Wrestle Kingdom 16 - Night 2 , Phantasmo and Ishimori attempted to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in a Three Way Tag Team Match, but were unsuccessful. Expressing interest in moving to the heavyweight division, Phantasmo would compete in the 2022 New Japan Cup. However, after receiving a bye to the second round, Phantasmo would be eliminated by Will Ospreay. On April 9 at Hyper Battle - Night 5 , Phantasmo and Ishimori failed to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from Six Or Nine ( Master Wato and Ryusuke Taguchi). The following month, Phantasmo competed in the 2022 Best of the Super Juniors, finishing with twelve points in Block B, failing to advance due to a loss to El Desperado. At AEW-NJPW Forbidden Door on June 26, Phantasmo teamed up with The Young Bucks ( Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson ) in a loss to Darby Allin , Sting , and Shingo Takagi .
Heavyweight division (2022-present) [ ]
In July and August, Phantasmo competed in the 2022 G1 Climax, finishing second in Block D with six points. At the end of the tournament, Phantasmo revealed he would be transitioning to the heavyweight division. Having defeated Shingo Takagi during the G1 Climax, Phantasmo would challenge for Takagi's KOPW Championship in a Who's Your Daddy Match at Declaration of Power on October 10. However, Phantasmo was defeated by Takagi. Later that month at Rumble On 44th Street , Phantasmo challenged Takagi again, this time in a New York City Street Fight, but was defeated. On January 4, 2023 , at Wrestle Kingdom 17 , Phantasmo competed in the New Japan Rambo Match, but failed to win. On February 11, at The New Beginning In Osaka , Phantasmo was unsuccessful in winning the NEVER Openweight Championship from Tama Tonga .
Impact Wrestling (2021-2022) [ ]
On the May 6, 2021 episode of iMPACT! , Phantasmo made his debut for Impact Wrestling , defeating VSK . The following week , Phantasmo won a Six Way Scramble Match, earning an X Division Championship opportunity. At Under Siege on May 15, Phantasmo faced X Division Champion Josh Alexander , but was defeated. In October, Phantasmo competed in a tournament for the vacant X Division Championship, advancing to the final after winning a Three Way Match against Rohit Raju and Willie Mack . On October 23, at Bound for Glory , Phantasmo failed to win the title in a Three Way Match that involved Trey Miguel and Steve Maclin .
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- ECCW Championship (3 times)
- ECCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Amazing Halo
- Winner of the 2009 ECCW Pacific Cup Tournament
- Winner of the 2019 GWF Light Heavyweight World Cup Tournament
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Taiji Ishimori
- Super J Cup ( 2019 , 2020 )
- IWGP Tag Team Championship ( 1 time, Current ) - with Hikuleo
- NJPW STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championship ( 1 time, Current ) - with Hikuleo
- RevPro Undisputed British Cruiserweight Championship ( 1 time )
- Winner of the 2018 RevPro British J Cup Tournament
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Riley Vigier (born October 24, 1986), otherwise known as El Phantasmo (ELP) , is a Canadian professional wrestler currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is currently performing in the Junior Heavyweight division as part of Bullet Club , as well as IMPACT Wrestling. He has also worked for various independent promotions in Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom.
In wrestling [ ]
- CR II - Canadian Revolution II (Double hammerlock inverted back to belly mat slam)
- Greetings from Camwood Park (Double underhook piledriver)
- Sudden Death (Loaded superkick)
- Swanton Bomb followed by a double jump moonsault
- Thunder Kiss ‘86 (Frog splash)
- Ankle lock, sometimes followed by grapevining the opponent's leg
- Bicycle kick
- Canadian Destroyer (Front flip piledriver)
- Corner-to-corner missile dropkick
- Escalera frankensteiner
- Hurricanrana, sometimes from an elevated position
- Ropewalk armdrag
- Ropewalk Asai moonsault
- Sankakugeri (Step-up springboard enzuigiri to an elevated opponent)
- Sole butt followed by a rising kick followed by an enzuigiri
- Sleeper hold
- Spin-out straight-jacket torture rack neckbreaker
- Standing neckscissors snap
- Stepping handstand senton
- Styles Clash (Inverted belly-to back mat slam) – adopted from AJ Styles
- Suicide dive
- Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker
- Top rope Enzugiri
- Tornado DDT
- Yakuza kick
- "The Headbanga"
- "Te Quiero Puta" (El Phantasmo Remix) by Rammstein
- "Check My Brain" (El Phantasmo Remix) by Alice in Chains
- "Headbanga" (El Phantasmo Remix) by Excision & Downlink
- "Mosh Pit" (El Phantasmo Remix) by Downlink
- “Headbanga vs. Rise Up” (Mashup Edit) by Downlink, Excision & Trampa
- " HDBNG Club VIP" by David Grimason Feat. Tom Williams & Rick Jimenez
- "HDBNG Club" by David Grimason
- "HDBNG Club" (Remix) by David Grimason
- "HDBNG Club VIP" by David Grimason Feat. Tom Williams & Rick Jimenez
- "Shot'Em" by [Q]Brick (used as a member of Bullet Club )
Championships and accomplishments [ ]
- Light Heavyweight World Cup (2019)
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships (3 times) – with Taiji Ishimori
- Super J-Cup (2019, 2020)
- ECCW Championship (3 times)
- ECCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Halo
- Pacific Cup Tournament (2009)
- Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2008)
- Wrestler of the Year (2008)
- Ranked #170 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2020
- RPW British Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- British J Cup (2018)
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On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of El Phantasmo , with his Career History , real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.
Riley Vigier was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on October 24, 1986, and he is currently 37 years old.
He is currently a Wrestler, working for NJPW on the Heavyweight and STRONG division, under the ring name of El Phantasmo .
Currently, he is is a member of the team of Guerrilas of Destiny.
- Gender Male
- Real Name Riley Vigier
- El Phantasmo ( November 19, 2005 - Present )
- Born October 24, 1986 (age 37)
- Birth Place Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
- 196 lbs (89 kg)
- Nicknames ELP; Headbanga; Mr. Ballroom Brawl
- Wrestler ( November 19, 2005 - Present )
- CRII - Canadian Revolution II - Double Hammerlock Inverted Back-to-belly Mat Slam ( November 19, 2005 - Present )
- Thunder Kiss ‘86 - Frog Splash ( November 19, 2005 - Present )
- Greetings from Camwood Park - Double Underhook Piledriver ( November 19, 2005 - Present )
- Senton Bomb followed by Doulbe Jump Moonsault ( November 19, 2005 - Present )
- Sudden Death - Superkick ( January 4, 2020 - Present )
- Theme Song "HDBNG" by David Grimason feat. Tom Williams & Rick Jimenez - Single ( May 5, 2023 - Present )
- Theme Song "HDBNG Club VIP" by David Grimason feat. Tom Williams & Rick Jimenez - Single ( September 23, 2021 - May 4, 2023 )
- Theme Song "Shoot 'Em" by [Q] Brick - with Bullet Club - Team ( May 4, 2019 - April 8, 2023 )
- Theme Song "HDBNG Club" by David Grimason - Single ( May 4, 2019 - September 22, 2021 )
- Theme Song "Headbanga (Original Mix)" by Excision & Downlink - Single ( January 18, 2014 - May 3, 2019 )
- Theme Song "Te Quiero Puta (El Phantasmo Remix)" by Rammstein - Single ( November 19, 2005 - January 17, 2014 )
Titles & Accomplishments
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- 1 IWGP Tag Team Championship (with Hikuleo)
- 3 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships (with Taiji Ishimori)
- 1 NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship (with Hikuleo)
Revolution Pro Wrestling
- 1 RPW British Cruiserweight Championship
NWA: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling
- 3 ECCW Championship
- 1 ECCW Tag Team Championship (with Amazing Halo)
- NJPW Super J-Cup Winner (2019, 2020)
- RPW British J Cup Winner (2018)
- GWF Light Heavyweight World Cup Winner (2019)
- ECCW Pacific Cup Tournament Winner (2009)
- ECCW Wrestler of the Year (2008)
- ECCW Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2008)
- Guerrilas of Destiny - Hikuleo , Jado , Tama Tonga , Tanga Loa / Camacho ( August 13, 2023 - Present )
- Bullet Club - Ace Austin , Bad Luck Fale , Caveman Ugg , Chase Owens , Chris Bey , David Finlay , Dick Togo , EVIL , Gedo , Gino Gambino , Hikuleo , Jack Bonza , Jado , Jay White , Juice Robinson / CJ Parker , Karl Anderson , KENTA / Hideo Itami , Luke / Doc Gallows , Lyrebird Luchi , Robbie Eagles , SHO , Taiji Ishimori , Tama Tonga , Tanga Loa / Camacho , Yujiro Takahashi ( May 4, 2019 - April 8, 2023 )
- Bullet Club's Cutest Tag Team - Taiji Ishimori ( May 4, 2019 - April 8, 2023 )
- Bey-F-Fs - Chris Bey ( September 23, 2021 - November 19, 2022 )
- Paranormal ATTACKtivity - Charli Evans ( July 13, 2018 - December 14, 2018 )
- Masked Dudes of Doom - Amazing Halo ( April 29, 2006 - October 20, 2007 )
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NJPW SUPER J-CUP 2020: El Phantasmo wins for second straight year
John siino reviews njpw's super j-cup 2020 featuring participants from njpw, gcw, roh and impact..
NJPW Super J-Cup 2020
By: John Siino
December 12, 2020
Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California
Commentary: Kevin Kelly & Alex Koslov
Super J-Cup Opening Round Match: Clark Connors vs. Chris Bey
Chris Bey is introduced as representing Impact Wrestling. Connors comes off of winning the Lion’s Break Crown on NJPW Strong. Connors immediately goes for the Boston Crab, but Bey is able to grab the ropes. Koslov brings up Bey’s 5-month undefeated streak in Impact before winning the X-Division Championship. Connors takes Bey down with a tackle followed by a couple of uppercuts. Bey comes back with a beautiful dropkick as Connors gets trapped in the ropes, Bey lands a hard chop and double stomps on Connors back as he attempts a drop down. Bey is able to hold Connors down on the mat with a punch in the rib cage and stomps to the chest. Bey is able to hit an uppercut forearm, kick to the back of the head and a neck breaker on Connors. Connors tries to come back by throwing Bey to the outside, but Bey rolls back in and hits a sweep to take down Connors, he misses a double stomp and runs right into a pounce by Connors. Connors runs with an elbow into the corner and hits a bunch of chops and shoulder blocks. Bey is able to leapfrog a spear and attempts a cutter, but Connors dodges it. Bey hits a backslide gets a two count and right away hits a sit out powerbomb for another two. Connors hits a chop and attempts a Boston Crab which Bey rolls up for a 2 count. Connors runs right into a spinning heel kick and Bey hits the Art of Finesse for the pin.
Winner: Chris Bey advances by pinfall at 9:36
Siino Vision: Good opener to start the show. I’m glad to see Chris Bey getting more of a spotlight this year and receiving his NJPW debut. Connors continues to be one of the standouts from the LA Dojo to me. Bey is one of many to pull the ‘Rick Rude’ trick tonight with Impact Wrestling’s Final Resolution, the Super J-Cup and AAA Triplemania all being shown on the same night.
Super J-Cup Opening Round Match: TJP vs. ACH
We have the battle of the three letter wrestlers as these men have shared many rings together in the past and have both been part of multiple promotions in 2020. TJP is able to knock ACH to the outside and hits a springboard dropkick to take him down. They trade back submission attempts before ACH rolls up TJP for a 2 count, followed by a hurricanrana and a dropkick. TJP hits a drop toe hold and transitions into the Muta Lock. TJP continues to target the back of ACH who kicks out of a 2 count and shows extreme pain throughout his body. ACH is able to hang on to the rope after being whipped and hits an elbow, gains a bit of energy and sweeps the leg and hits a drop kick as TJP heads to the outside getting a crossbody by ACH. ACH hits a rolling clothesline in the corner followed by a Fisherman suplex for a two count. ACH attempts a German suplex, but TJP reverses. ACH attempts another pair of suplexes, but TJP keeps reversing and hits a springboard DDT from the top for a 2 count. They trade back forearms and kicks before ACH hits a German suplex with a cradle pin for a 2 count. They trade a couple more backslides and roll-ups before TJP hits a suplex and runs into a back elbow by ACH. They both climb the top rope as ACH hits a super gut buster off the top followed by a 450 splash for pin.
Winner: ACH advances by pinfall at 9:52
Siino Vision: Highly enjoyed this match from both competitors, but ACH in particular has gained new life since leaving NXT, having a banger of a year across many promotions. ACH will face Chris Bey in the semi-finals for what I’m sure will be a great matchup.
Super J-Cup Opening Round Match: Blake Christian vs. Rey Horus
Blake Christian is announced as representing Game Changer Wrestling and has his left elbow wrapped up from a recent GCW show. Rey Horus is representing Ring of Honor as he is one-third of the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Champions. This is Horus’ first match since February 2020 as he has not returned as of yet to ROH. Fast paced starts with Horus hitting a pair of arm drags before Christian catches drift of it as they stand face to face. Christian is able to hit a roll-up followed by a leapfrog, but Horus dodges a couple leg sweeps. Christian hits a standing moonsault for a two. They both dodge clotheslines from each other, before Horus escapes to the outside only to be hit by a leaping senton from Christian. Horus himself hits a leg lariat to take Christian outside before hitting a senton over the turnbuckle to connect. Horus calls out a brain buster which backfires as Christian reverses it and hits a splash on Horus. At this point Christian shows a trail of blood from his nose that begins to cover his face, he hits a kick on Horus and a standing moonsault for a 2 count. Horus is able to duck a clothesline and throws Christian into the turnbuckle before hitting a spinebuster followed by spinning leg lock into an inverted figure four. Horus catches Christian from the top rope and drops him down but only gets a 2 count. The referee checks on the bloody Christian who says he will continue. Horus climbs the top again, but Christian jumps up and hits what Koslov described as an ‘inverted backflip Russian leg sweep’ and yet still only gets a 2 count. The Bloody Christian hits a frog splash to finally get the win
Winner: Blake Christian advances by pinfall at 12:00
Siino Vision : On paper, this match might have been one of the least anticipated but they certainly proved everyone wrong. Great to see Horus back in the ring this year as he has been one of my favorite luchadores since his time in Lucha Underground as Dragon Azteca Jr. Christian continues to be a top independent star in 2020 between GCW and now NJPW Strong. It’s only a matter of time before he joins his frequently matched competitor Alex Zayne and receives a major contract. With this showing it’s no wonder why his moniker is ‘All Heart’. Commentary did a great job by asking how much Christian has left for the next round, highlighting the amount of damage he took throughout this match.
Super J-Cup Opening Round Match: Lio Rush vs. El Phantasmo
El Phantasmo comes in as the defending champion winning the 2019 Super J-Cup. Very odd entrance by Phantasmo as the ‘Sound Muted Due to License Issues’ disclaimer comes on the screen, commentary then questions why we couldn’t hear this new music that Phantasmo was hyping up, and why they were muted on commentary, what made this even more awkward is Phantasmo did a backflip getting into the ring but slipped and fell, not sure if that was intentional or not. Phantasmo said the reason why we couldn’t hear his music is because he’s holding the office up for money. Phantasmo did another kick-up attempt and fell, so it’s obvious it’s intentional. Phantasmo tells Rush he hasn’t been in a ring since February and is showing ring rust. A lot of talking between both competitors back and forth as they move around the ring with Rush hitting a springboard hurricanrana taking Phantasmo to the outside. Phantasmo says ‘you won’t embarrass me as he stays on the outside, before Rush taunts him to get back in. Phantasmo continues to talk crap as he walks around the ring. Phantasmo comes in calling Lio Rush “Mr. WWE” and a “little midget”, but Rush challenges him to a test of strength. Phantasmo tells the ‘crowd’ to be quiet as he snaps Rush’s finger. Kevin Kelly addresses Phantasmo’s theme song being one that Phantasmo did himself that he wouldn’t give NJPW permission to use until he gets more money. They take it outside where Phantasmo hits a Styles Clash to Rush on the floor. Rush is able to get back into the ring at the 16 count but ends up getting a knee to the back of the head and whipped into the corner pad. Phantasmo puts Rush into the ring while continuing to talk disrespectfully to the referee asking Rush if he ‘wants some Tajiri’ but ends up running and stomping down on Rush’s jewels before he rakes the back of Rush. Phantasmo continues his dirty tricks by biting the hands of Lio Rush. Phantasmo is able to walk the ropes without falling, but Rush reverses and hits a Poison Rana knocking Phantasmo to the outside and hitting him with a tope suicida. Rush then hits a moonsault from the ropes to the outside. Rush hits a clothesline off the top for a 2 count. Phantasmo claims his nose is broken just to distract the referee, but Rush isn’t having any of that and is able to hit a clothesline and a Falcon Arrow for another two. Phantasmo is able to block Rush’s springboard and hits the UFO. They start trading shots back and forth before Phantasmo attempts the CR2 but gets reversed. Rush hits a springboard cutter for a close two. Rush attempts the frog splash but Phantasmo puts his knees up and shoves Rush into the referee, hitting an eye pock and a punch to the balls to roll up Rush for the win.
Winner: El Phantasmo advances by pinfall in 15:16
Siino Vision : Very weird match throughout. I figured Phantasmo’s ring rust will end up as his excuse for losing this match, but that isn’t the story just yet. The entire match was filled with Phantasmo playing dirty to try and win though it still contained some standout moments. They tease the fact that he could advance to the finals by forfeit due to Blake Christian’s broken nose. I was hoping Lio Rush would win the Super J-Cup and face Hiromu Takahashi as they have teased on Twitter. I’m sure this isn’t the last of Rush in NJPW.
JR Kratos & Danny Limelight vs. Fred Rosser & Rocky Romero
Both men representing Filthy Tom Lawlor’s Team Filthy as Limelight has recently turned on Rocky Romero to join up with Lawlor. Fred Rosser, the former Darren Young, has been a regular on NJPW Strong this year. Romero and Limelight start the match before Limelight immediately tags Kratos in, prompting Rosser to come in as well. The big Kratos hits an impressive leapfrog but tags a headbutt to the gut by Rosser. Romero and Limelight finally tag in and exchange punches and kicks before Limelight runs into a jumping knee by Romero. Koslov questions there must be something wrong with Romero that so many people have turned on him. Kratos comes in and uses his force to keep Romero down including a suplex that Rosser breaks up the pinfall. Kratos tags Limelight in and assists Limelight to hit a flying stomp for a 2 count. Limelight is able to put a rear-naked choke hold, but Rosser is able to come in, take out Kratos and break up the hold. Romero blocks a spinning heel kick and hits a clothesline to take down Limelight before tagging Rosser in. Kratos gets tagged in as well but Rosser keeps knocking him off the apron until hitting a backdrop on Kratos right on the apron. The big two men trade strikes back and forth before Kratos tags Limelight in who right away hits a kick for a two-count taking advantage of Romero being taken out. Rosser tags Romero in who hits the drop kick off the top to Limelight who’s on the ropes for a 2. Limelight hits a pair of kicks followed by a Fisherman’s Suplex who Rosser breaks up the pin attempt. Limelight is able to take Rosser out of the ring with an Enziguri, Kratos is able to catch Romero in the air and hits a powerslam and a German suplex as Limelight creeps in for the easy pin.
Winners: JR Kratos & Danny Limelight by pinfall at 12:49
Siino Vision: Nothing really special about this match; this was just something to break up the tournament. For anyone who doesn’t watch Strong and just tuned in for the J-Cup, they might’ve been confused or lacked interest in the Romero-Limelight storyline. Kratos is just another big man, while Rosser has had a bit of a resurgence after being away from the ring for a while.
Super J-Cup Semi-Finals Match: Chris Bey vs. ACH
ACH comes in showing some strain to his back. They quickly get into this match with ACH hitting a sunset flip and a couple back flips into a drop kick as he continues to hold his back throughout. Bey hits a couple kicks before hitting a flying elbow off the second rope. Chris Bey seems to be one step of the injured ACH, hitting a leg sweep and a standing moonsault on the back for the two count. Bey stands right on top of ACH as if he is surfing taunting while applying pain, ACH gets up trying to go strike for strike with Bey but ends up getting a thrust to the throat. They fight on the apron before ACH knocks Bey down with a big boot and follows with a plancha. Back in the ring, ACH knocks Bey down and hits a double stomp to Bey’s neck. ACH attempts a German suplex but Bey lands on his feet and hits a sunset powerbomb for a two. ACH then attempts a Tiger Bomb but Bey reverses hitting a European uppercut in the corner yelling “It’s that Jumpman Jordan!” Bey is able to hit a hurricanrana from the top rope and only gets a 2 count. Bey teases the Art of Finesse but gets it blocked and turned into a German Suplex by ACH who runs into a kick by Bey but hits a lariat followed by a brain buster on Bey for a 2 count. ACH is able to hit the Midnight Star 450 splash off the top for the pin.
Winner: ACH advances by pinfall at 8:27
Siino Vision : Good match throughout from both men. I like the idea of later matches in tournaments being shorter as it shows the participants are more fatigued from the opening round. Another great showing from Bey to elevate his stature, but ACH is the right man to be going into the finals of the Super J-Cup.
Super J-Cup Semi-Finals Match: Blake Christian vs. El Phantasmo
Christian comes out with his nose heavily bandaged, and Kevin Kelly mentions that the medical staff originally did not clear Christian to wrestle, but Christian fought to be in this match until they did. Phantasmo out to the same deal with the music wearing a Canadian jacket checking the ropes carefully before making his entrance. Phantasmo tells everybody to look at Christian’s face and that he doesn’t need to do this, suggesting he should forfeit. Christian immediately hits a pair of dropkicks and goes for the cover like a bat out of hell. Phantasmo counters by grabbing the broken nose of Christian calling him a ‘stupid idiot’ and that nobody cares about him being All Heart. Christian comes back with a modified 619 followed by a couple dives onto Phantasmo on the outside. Christian attempts a springboard into the ring seems to be a bit off but then puts on the sharpshooter before Phantasmo grabs the nose again. Phantasmo puts Christian into the corner hitting forearms and digging his boot into Christian’s throat. Phantasmo continues to target Christian’s nose, by digging his fingers in the nostrils, he then starts doing jumping jacks in the ring. He follows this with a couple of back rakes to Christian. He attempts the CR2 but Christian reverses for a 2 count. Christian fires back with kicks, a Death Valley Driver followed by another kick and a standing shooting star press, but on his landing falls right onto his nose knocking himself loopy as a result. He slowly climbs the top and tries to hit a flying elbow but misses and runs into a superkick as El Phantasmo gets the pin and the win
Winner: El Phantasmo advances by pinfall at 7:24
Siino Vision : Loved the story telling with Phantasmo continuing to use his heelish Bullet Club antics on the babyface Blake Christian. His nose injury seemed legit, so for them to rewrite the match based on this was extremely lucky. Phantasmo would be favored to win regardless, but this only made Christian more sympathetic and they can easily tell the story of a rematch once Christian is fully healed.
KENTA & HIKULEO (Bullet Club) vs. Ren Narita & Kevin Knight
KENTA holds a brand new IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship ‘Right to Challenge’ contract briefcase as his old one got damaged to the point of destruction, as that match with Jon Moxley lingers. Due to an injury to Karl Fredericks, LA Dojo’s Young Lion Kevin Knight makes his debut as his replacement. Knight was previously a Pacific Northwest wrestler as ‘2 Fly’ Jet Knight. Narita is back in NJPW, having his first match since February 2020 while being in the middle of his excursion. Narita forcefully tells Knight he will be starting this match against KENTA. Narita and KENTA start the match hard with chops, slaps and kicks before tagging the big HIKULEO into the match as he delivers an echoing chop in the corner. Narita fights his way back into the other corner as Knight tags himself in. Knight takes it to HIKULEO in the corner while Narita takes KENTA to the outside and starts brawling out there. Knight dodges a boot inside but gets splat down by HIKULEO into the mat. Knight tries to fight back but is no match as HIKULEO holds a vertical suplex and drops him for a 2 count. KENTA comes in and introduces Knight to NJPW with slaps and kicks. He continues in the corner before tagging HIKULEO back in. HIKULEO throws Knight like a missile into the corner pad, but the referee refuses to go for the count because HIKULEO put his hands on him to push him away. Knight is able to dodge a leg drop and tag Narita in. Narita keeps targeting HIKULEO’S legs to take him down but runs into a chokeslam attempt, but Narita reverses into a Cobra Twist. HIKULEO hip tosses himself out of that and tags KENTA back in. Narita is able to hit a suplex on KENTA for a two followed by forearms that KENTA stops with a backfist. Knight tags himself and takes KENTA down with a huge dropkick, a snap mare and a tackle for a 2 count. He attempts a Boston Crab but KENTA gets out and hits a Kitchen Sink and kicks to the back of Knight. They trade uppercuts back and forth, going for a dropkick which KENTA reverses into a Boston Crab of his own. Narita comes in and lands forearms to break up the Crab. HIKULEO comes in and hits the chokeslam on Narita as KENTA applies the Boston Crab back on as Knight finally submits
Winners: KENTA & HIKULEO (Bullet Club) by submission at 10:02
Siino Vision: I was highly impressed by Kevin Knight in his debut match, taking full advantage of being a last-minute replacement for Fredericks. This match went a lot longer than I expected, but Narita’s fire with his hatred towards KENTA was great. Also, KENTA winning with the Boston Crab to send a message to Katsuyori Shibata was a beautiful touch. Not sure when or where KENTA vs. Jon Moxley will take place, but it’s been a long time coming.
Super J-Cup Finals Match: ACH vs. El Phantasmo
They show a great video package before the match of the history of the Super J-Cup and the past winners to wear the Golden Jacket. Right as ACH is making his entrance, Phantasmo attacks him and clears off the commentary table. He takes the Super J-Cup trophy and breaks it across ACH’s injured back. ACH struggles to get in but eventually does as Phantasmo is pissed and tells them to ‘ring the fucking bell’. ACH starts strong with a couple backslide pin attempts. Phantasmo slows ACH by tripping him on the apron and slamming ACH against the ring as ACH starts getting counted out before coming back in at 18. Phantasmo strikes ACH’s back which ironically has a taped X covering it before Phantasmo begins to rip the tape off. He takes the tape and starts choking ACH out with it. Phantasmo digs the knee into the back of ACH as he pulls on the nose of ACH. Phantasmo uses his trademark back rake on ACH before setting him up for the Tree of Woe, starting a clap before mocking Alex Koslov. He again does the dropkick tease before digging his foot onto ACH’s jewels. Phantasmo continues to talk crap while attacking ACH saying it’s his division and his company before suplexing ACH onto the entrance stage. ACH rolls his way back into the ring at 19 and a half just avoiding the count out. Phantasmo continues his dirty tactics by biting ACH’s fingers before standing on them. Koslov admits to being a fan of Bullet Club, but not of Phantasmo calling him despicable. Phantasmo does his walking the ropes strut before getting kicked off by ACH. ACH hits a soccer kick on the apron followed by a springboard cutter for a 2 count. ACH hits a snap German suplex into a pin for a very close 2 count. ACH climbs the top but Phantasmo hits a kick to knock him, before hitting a hurricanrana off the top rope, followed by a splash for a two. Phantasmo calls for the CR2 but it’s reversed, before Phantasmo reverses himself for a Styles Clash for only two. Phantasmo hits a knee against the ropes and says ‘goodbye and goodnight’ as he attempts the One-Winged Angel, but ACH gets out, hits a flurry of kicks followed by a brain buster for 2 and a half. ACH goes to the top rope very slowly but Phantasmo knocks him down tries to apply a move but ACH reverses for a flying gut buster for a two count, goes back up to hit Midnight Star but Phantasmo puts his knees up, pushes him into the referee and hits a low blow with a roll up, but this time only gets a two count. Phantasmo does connect with the super kick but takes his time to cover, instead hits the CR2 finally for the first time tonight for the pin.
Super J-Cup 2020 Winner: El Phantasmo by pinfall at 16:11
After the match they present a bent-out-of-shape Super J-Cup trophy to Phantasmo, which he takes and breaks into pieces over his knees. As he tries to put the Golden Jacket on, he gets upset at the paper inside and takes it off, slamming it down and spitting on it disgracefully before throwing it out of the ring asking for a mic. He claims disrespect has been shown to “Mr. Back-to-Back”; he says this junior division is his but says that there is one problem in his way: Hiromu Takahashi, challenging him to a match at Wrestle Kingdom. He does end up putting the jacket back on before leaving.
Siino Vision: El Phantasmo wins the Super J-Cup for the second year in a row, something only its creator, Jushin “Thunder” Liger has been able to do. El Phantasmo obviously played super heel throughout the show but I felt at times, he was a bit over the top, resulting in the referee showing too much leniency throughout the entire card. If the goal was for you to hate Phantasmo and to want to see him eventually get his comeuppance, then mission accomplished.
Overall, I am a huge fan of one night tournaments, especially ones that involve multiple promotions such as GCW, ROH, Impact and NJPW. It was great to see the familiar faces of what can be called ‘the COVID Era’ of wrestling who have shown up in all these promotions and many more throughout the year. Injuries and fatigue were a big factor throughout, as they should be in one night tournaments, and it was expected but warranted that an established NJPW wrestling would come out the winner.
8 Golden Jackets out of 10
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El Phantasmo: Nobody Is Better Suited To KOPW Than Me, I Can Push The Limits Of What It Represents
El Phantasmo wants to win the KOPW 22 trophy back because he believes he's more suited to it than anyone else.
NJPW recently confirmed that Phantasmo will face Takagi in a NYC Street Fight for the KOPW 2022 trophy at the Rumble on 44th Street event. The stipulation was decided by a fan poll, and the two stars will collide in what promises to be a brutal battle on October 28.
Speaking with NJPW's official website , Phantasmo previewed the match. When asked whether he's focused on winning the title or simply beating Takagi, Phantasmo responded by taking a shot at the design of NJPW's trophies.
"Look, if NJPW put any effort or budget into making their trophies then maybe I might show them some more respect. G1, BOSJ, New Japan Cup aside, the Super J-Cup I won in 2019 looked like it was bought at a Dollar store, the second one was a little better but fell apart, and this KOPW one was an abomination on the eyes. There isn’t the best track record for good looking titles lately," Phantasmo said.
Putting the design aside, Phantasmo made it clear that the title is meaningful to him because he's confident that he's suited to KOPW. He stated that, more than anyone, he can push the limits of what the trophy represents.
"There’s nobody better suited to KOPW than me. There’s nobody more creative, there’s nobody that can push the boundaries and limits of what the KOPW idea represents," he said.
The Bullet Club member also commented on the connection between NYC and ECW and vowed to showcase his inner RVD and Sabu. He made it clear that he as a knack for hardcore innovation, and he expects it to give him an advantage against Takagi.
"I believe that makes it the perfect place to show the RVD, the Sabu, the Super Crazy that’s in El Phantasmo. People who have followed me for a long time know that I have a level of hardcore innovation that Shingo can’t keep up with," Phantasmo said.
When asked to describe what fans can expect at the NYC shows, he stated that they will see a fired up "Baby Phantasmo", and he wants to deliver a special treat in his first trip to "the biggest shithole city" in the world.
"You can expect a hyped up ‘Baby Phantasmo’. This is my first time in the biggest shithole city in the world. I’ve been everywhere in the world, but this is my first time in NYC, and you guys are in for a wild treat when the KOPW trophy gets extreme," he said.
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Posted by John Powell | Mar 6, 2020
He is his own biggest fan and why not? El Phantasmo has worked 15 long years to get where he is today. After making his in-ring debut in 2005, El Phantasmo left behind a promising career in film production to pursue his passion for pro wrestling full-time in 2016. He said goodbye to British Columbia and joined the British promotion Revolution Pro Wrestling.
El Phantasmo is a pain in Will Ospreay’s neck. Photo: @bulletclub_official.
Now, he is one of the biggest stars not only in the UK but in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and the world.
Growing up in Vancouver, Phantasmo had no plans on pursuing a wrestling career although he excelled in drama and gym in high school, which perhaps foreshadowed his future in the business.
“Wrestling was never a dream. It was something else to call myself the best at. I was editing Emmy Award-winning cartoons for Netflix when I decided to make a name for myself in the UK. It took me less than two years of wrestling in England to have multiple companies vying to sign me,” Phantasmo told SLAM! Wrestling.
Watching his best-friend Artemis Spencer in the ring at a local Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW) show is what lit a fire in Phantasmo and sealed the deal to begin with.
“I put two and two together and decided I could easily outperform everyone on that show,” recalled a perpetually humble Phantasmo.
El Phantasmo flies high. Photo: @bulletclub_official.
Phantasmo bounced around the Canadian indie wrestling scene winning the ECCW Championship three times, the ECCW Tag Team Championship once with Halo as the Masked Dudes of Doom and the Pacific Cup Tournament in 2009.
Artemis Spencer would win the tournament the following year beating now Undisputed Era, NXT fellow Canadian superstar Kyle O’Reilly. Spencer thanked Phantasmo for all his support by blindsiding him and nailing him in the “lower abdomen.”
Best friends, indeed.
Once in Rev Pro, Phantasmo won the British J Cup and stripped David Starr of the RPW British Cruiserweight Championship only two years after debuting for the promotion.
Things really took off for Phantasmo though when Rev Pro and NJPW held a joint show.
“I had some of the loudest reactions on the show as a virtual unknown to everyone there,” he claims of the impression he made on NJPW fans and management that day and who are we to disagree?
It wasn’t long before Phantasmo made the move to NJPW and became the newest member of NJPW’s most notorious and popular faction: Bullet Club. Wrestling in the shadows of former members AJ Styles, Finn Balor, Adam Cole, Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes and others did cause Phantasmo to pause… but only for a moment.
“Of course there’s pressure. You’re going from wrestling on shows with 50 people to a live pay-per-view in front of 5,000 or more. You have one opportunity to make or break yourself but there really was no doubt that I wouldn’t make it. Flash forward nine months later and I’ve had one of the most successful debuts for any junior heavyweights in NJPW history,” said the former IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag team champion and 2019 Super J-Cup winner.
Phantasmo is only the second Canadian to win the prestigious J-Cup, the first being Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit) during the first tournament in 1994.
Along with etching his name in the record books Phantasmo is proud of the other benefits winning the J-Cup brought him.
“It was great because I could wear the gold jacket instead of bringing my heavy LED jacket around,” he said.
El Phantasmo showing off his gold. Photo: @bulletclub_official.
Naturally, when asked who his toughest opponent was during the tournament, only one name came to Phantasmo’s mind: Phantasmo, himself.
“My toughest opponent was myself because when I double-stomped Dragon Lee from the top rope over the barricade through a table I hit my head on a chair during the landing and gave myself a five-inch laceration on my forehead. There was blood pouring out of my head and to be able to retain composure, not faint and still put away one of the best wrestlers in the world is a testament to how tough I really am,” he said.
Although he has had a successful run as a tag team with his Bullet Club partner-in-crime Taiji Ishimori, El Phantasmo has IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion Hiromu Takahashi in his sights whenever he returns to singles action.
“I want to wrestle Hiromu (Takahashi) to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion and cement myself as one of the greatest Canadian wrestlers of all time,” he said without hesitation.
Whether it be as a loyal member of Bullet Club or as the leader of the HDBNG Club, Phantasmo feels he has something to prove to wrestling fans and his critics all around the world about what he already knows.
“My goals are the same when I decided to come to NJPW: Step into the ring with the best professional wrestlers on this planet and not only show the world that I can keep up but I can beat them,” he said.
We believe him.
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ELP speaks ahead of Dominion title bout
As Dominion fast approaches on June 4, so too does a chance at revenge for El Phantasmo. After being expelled from BULLET CLUB in violent form at Sakura Genesis, Phantasmo watched David Finlay’s dominant victory over Tama Tonga at Dontaku May 3, before taking matters into his own hands. A heated attack on Finlay was followed by a cathartic celebration with fans that seemed to indicate where his allegiances may lay in future; with lots of questions still to be answered, we sat down with the NEVER Openweight challenger.
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All those emotions came to a boil
–May 3 at Dontaku after David Finlay beat Tama Tonga to win the NEVER Openweight Championship, you attacked Finlay and celebrated with the fans in Fukuoka. With the style that you wrestle, you especially went through a lot during the pandemic, so to have that moment must have felt pretty special.
Phantasmo: It was a long time coming. You know, being there from the beginning of COVID, to have those rules finally lifted, and- no-one’s happy with what David Finlay’s doing in BULLET CLUB. The fans weren’t happy, I wasn’t happy, and you know, all those emotions over the last two and a half, three years all came to a boil. I think it was a little poetic that it all happened at Dontaku where I made my debut four years ago to have this rebirth, this refresh, and new beginnings at the same place where it all started as well.
–It was the tenth anniversary for BULLET CLUB as well. Before David Finlay expelled you from BULLET CLUB at Sakura Genesis, what was David Finlay’s BULLET CLUB to you, as opposed to Jay White’s BULLET CLUB?
Phantasmo: I didn’t really notice a big difference at first between what Finlay was doing and what Jay was doing. You know, besides the obvious camaraderie that me and Jay and Juice and Ishimori went through, that we all had. We all were on the same page, and when Finlay kicked Jay out in California… Things changed a little, but we were all going to just do our BULLET CLUB thing.
But then Finlay came in starting to y’know, boss people around. Not many of us took a liking to it, me especially. It just left a sour taste in our mouths. My mouth especially. You don’t just walk into BULLET CLUB and start bossing your seniors around.
–Juice Robinson and Jay White have since been wrestling together in AEW as BULLET CLUB Gold- what was your reaction to that?
Phantasmo: I feel very, very conflicted about that, you know. When I got kicked out of BULLET CLUB by Finlay, Ishimori and KENTA took his side, when I had thought that we could have done our own thing with BULLET CLUB. We made BULLET CLUB special in the last few years, and to have that all get kicked out and taken away from you, and to have Jay and Juice restart BULLET CLUB Gold in AEW…
On the one hand, I want to move away from BULLET CLUB and start fresh, but on the other hand, I’ve got what my boys are doing in AEW. We still have that connection, but I have this anti connection with New Japan (BULLET CLUB). I’m happy for what Jay and Juice are doing in AEW, but my focus is on Finlay, and Ishimori and KENTA and what’s going on in Japan.
Then again, everyone knows it’s Forbidden Door season now. I don’t know what’s gonna happen, Jay doesn’t know what’s gonna happen, Finlay doesn’t know what’s gonna happen, I don’t think anyone knows what’s gonna happen. But I have a hunch that something’s gonna happen.
–Ishimori and KENTA joined David Finlay in kicking you out of BULLET CLUB at Sakura Genesis. It was just over a year earlier that you joined BULLET CLUB in kicking out Tama Tonga. Have you had time to reflect on what happened to Tama in the wake of you being kicked out?
Phantasmo: Huh, I guess it is kinda ironic when you put it that way, I guess I never thought about that. Back then that was a, you know, it was a group decision that Tama’s time in BULLET CLUB was up and we were going to kick him out. That’s what Jay thought was best, that’s what me and Ishimori that was best at the time, and KENTA. Everybody.
Then, a year later, I thought it was best that we did our thing and brought Finlay down a couple of rungs on the ladder. I guess instead it was a group decision that they, didn’t need me anymore. That kind of stings, you know. Me and Ishimori had been through so much together. We never really fought at all. We were the ying and yang in the junior division. I thought me, him and KENTA could have done something very special, but it was not to be.
–Ever since Finlay joined BULLET CLUB, Gedo has had the nickname ‘Bloody Hands’. How was your relationship with Gedo in BULLET CLUB, and what influence does he have on Finlay?
Phantasmo: Gedo’s a bit of an enigma. I think he’s a leech who latches on to talent. You can’t discredit that Gedo has a great mind for this business- he saw greatness in Okada and in Jay, and now, I guess he sees it in Finlay. He obviously sees something, and his track record proves for himself, but… I don’t agree with a lot of what Gedo does, I never have.
I think he’s a little snake. And I think… We never got to see Gedo and Jado one on one. That’s what I wanted to see this whole time, what the fans wanted to see this whole time but it never happened. Somehow we’ve gotta make that happen. Gedo and Jado in a New Japan ring one on one, huh? You like that?
I was watching New Japan Pro-Wrestling, not BULLET CLUB Pro-Wrestling
–When you showed up at Dontaku you pointed to the Lion Mark on your shorts, but you haven’t said it- can we consider you a part of Hontai now?
Phantasmo: Uh, that’s something I haven’t really thought of- I’m still dealing with the lingering effects of being booted out of BULLET CLUB. That’s the only identity that I’ve ever known in New Japan.
But to be honest, when I was 18 years old, sitting in my bedroom alone on Friday nights, I was watching New Japan Pro-Wrestling. I wasn’t watching BULLET CLUB Pro-Wrestling. When, when I was getting serious about being a pro-wrestler, and I wanted to get to the big stage, that ‘big stage’ was New Japan Pro-Wrestling, not BULLET CLUB. That path led me to BULLET CLUB, which is hands down one of the most influential factions of all time, but when you wrestle in New Japan Pro-Wrestling that means you are one of the very best professional wrestlers on the planet, and.. I don’t know whether Hontai will welcome me with open arms. And there are fans that want to see me in LIJ, and there’s CHAOS, there’s TMDK, there’s a lot of options. But right now I’m kinda happy to be representing that Lion Mark, and I wear these blue shorts with pride right now.
What does a BULLET CLUB-less ELP look like? To be honest, you’re gonna have to find out in Osaka.
–Let’s talk a little bit about David Finlay as a wrestler. His approach in the ring of late, as well as Clark Connors in BOSJ has been very aggressive and very effective. What do you expect out of Finlay out of Dominion, and what can we expect to be different about you in the ring now BULLET CLUB’s behind you?
Phantasmo: Yeah, that is something that I have spent a lot of time thinking about. What does a BULLET CLUB-less ELP look like? To be honest, you’re gonna have to find out in Osaka.
You know I’ve gotta give him credit- David Finlay has become a savage. I watched him lay a beating to Tama Tonga that I could only dream of giving him myself. Clark Connors is built like a rhinoceros, he is a savage. Is ELP a savage? No I don’t think so. I’m not, I’m not built like that.
But I don’t think that David Finlay realizes what he’s about to get into when he steps into big match ELP in Osaka. You were there when we were in Osaka and the fans got behind me when I wasn’t wanting them to. I can’t imagine how electric Osaka-Jo Hall is going to be when me and Finlay finally step in the ring. He’s going to bring a savageness, but at Osaka Jo Hall, David Finlay is going to get an ass beating that his father would be proud of.
–You’ve had a complicated relationship with the fans over the years, and we’ve seen you too sweet with kids and take their hats off and throw them into the crowd. What message do you have for the fans in Osaka?
Phantasmo: I think it’s a very interesting position that I’m in right now, because this has all happened organically. I haven’t stopped throwing people’s hats, I haven’t stopped antagonizing the fans, but through this whole pandemic, they’ve seen me sacrifice and suffer just as much as they did. I haven’t asked them to cheer for me, but they have and they want to. You know, the stars kind of aligned with Finlay kicking me out of BULLET CLUB and me seeking revenge on Finlay. They hate Finlay and now they like me… and all the stars have aligned and it’s kinda cool that it’s happened this way.
But you know, to be fair, I don’t think I have stopped throwing those hats. Maybe I’ll have to go find the BULLET CLUB hats and throw them into the crowd. But through this whole pandemic I’ve seen the ELP towels, I’ve seen ELP signs. I was there at Korakuen when the ELP chants were louder than the Naito chants. This has all happened very organically and I can’t wait to come out there in Osaka Jo Hall with a refreshed look, a refreshed theme song, a refreshed attitude and a building full of people just begging me to whoop Finlay’s ass.
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As part of a working relationship between NJPW and British Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW), he is a former and the longest reigning one-time Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion, while also being a former British Cruiserweight Champion and one-time British Tag Team Champion, prior to joining NJPW, and RevPro's second Triple Crown Champion.
Hailed as one of the best professional wrestlers in the world, Ospreay began his career in the English independent circuit in April 2012. During several years, he worked on several independent promotions, most notably Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro) and Progress Wrestling, before starting to work for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) in March 2016, following the recommendation from AJ Styles , Hiroshi Tanahashi , and Kazuchika Okada . In NJPW, Ospreay became part of Okada's CHAOS stable going on to become a three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and the winner of the 2016 and 2019 Best of the Super Juniors , being the first British wrestler to achieve those feats. In 2019, Ospreay began his transition to the heavyweight division, leading him to win the NEVER Openweight Championship and taking part of NJPW's premier tournament, the G1 Climax , before making fully transition to heavyweight division in 2020. In October, Ospreay turned heel, leaving CHAOS to form in own stable the United Empire , marking a major turning point for his career of Ospreay, a longtime fan favorite, who began his ascent into the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship picture, before winning the New Japan Cup in March 2021. The following month, Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi to win NJPW's top title, the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, becoming the first British wrestler to holder of a NJPW's premier championship, before vacating it due to an injury in May. Ospreay would embark on a feud with Shingo Takagi and Kazuchika Okada (who claimed them to be 'interim' champions) over the 'real' IWGP World Heavyweight Champion until losing to the reigning champion Okada at the second night Wrestle Kingdom 16 . With this in January 2022, Opsreay became one of the three non-Japanese wrestlers to be featured in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom . Since then, Ospreay began a rise in popularity, due to Ospreay's controversy regarding the result of his match, this led him to pursue the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. Upon winning the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, he became the sixth Triple Crown Champion and the third Grand Slam Champion.
Ospreay has also wrestled periodically in the United States, as part of a working relationship between NJPW and partner promotions All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and Ring of Honor (ROH) – where he is a former ROH World Television Champion – as well as in the American independent circuit in promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). Regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Ospreay holds the record of most five stars matches with 26, a distinction awarded by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. He has also been in 10 matches rated higher than five stars by the same publication.
- 1 Early life
- 2.1 Early career
- 2.2.1 Pursuit of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (2016–2018)
- 2.2.2 NEVER Openweight Champion (2018–2019)
- 2.2.3 Return to the Junior Heavyweight division (2019–2020)
- 18.104.22.168 Early beginnings (2020)
- 22.214.171.124 United Empire (2020–Present)
- 3 Professional wrestling style and persona
- 4 Personal life
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 References
Early life [ ]
A fan of Light Heavyweight wrestling since his youth, Charles was a fan of Essa Rios and Eddie Guerrero as a child. He cites the three-way match between AJ Styles , Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe at TNA's Unbreakable 2005 pay-per-view is the match that made him want to become a wrestler. He received his training at the London School of Lucha Libre, and made his professional debut soon after.
His nickname, "The Aerial Assassin", comes from his fandom of the Assassin's Creed series of video games.  said Charles in the interview from The Huffington Post.    
Professional wrestling career [ ]
Early career [ ].
A fan of light-heavyweight wrestling since his youth, Ospreay was a fan of Essa Rios and Eddie Guerrero as a child. He cites the three-way match between AJ Styles , Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe at TNA Unbreakable 2005 as the match that made him want to become a wrestler.  He began wrestling on the trampoline in his garden under the name Extreme Dude and before long his mother had bought him a wrestling ring to make sure he was being as safe as possible. He also wrestled for other backyard wrestling promotions as Ace Pain and Tinkerbell.
He received his training at Lucha Britannia's London School of Lucha Libre in Bethnal Green, London.  He made his professional debut at the co-promoted BritWres-Fest on 1 April 2012 as the masked character Dark Britannico, the evil twin of Lucha Britannia's signature wrestler Leon Britannico who was played by Paul Robinson, Ospreay's future tag team partner in the team The Swords of Essex.  While wrestling with Lucha Britannia he twice won the Lucha Britannia World Championship. Ospreay said in his interview with the Huffington Post that his nickname, "The Aerial Assassin", is an allusion to Assassin's Creed video game series and was a persona he adopted to stand out from other British high flying wrestlers, particularly PAC . 
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016–present) [ ]
Pursuit of the iwgp junior heavyweight championship (2016–2018) [ ].
On 3 March, Ospreay was announced as the newest member of the NJPW stable CHAOS . Appearing in a video, Ospreay challenged KUSHIDA to an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match at Invasion Attack 2016 on 10 April.  On 10 April, Ospreay failed in his title challenge against KUSHIDA.  Following the match, it was reported that NJPW had offered Ospreay a contract to become a regular for the promotion.  On 27 April, it was reported that Ospreay had signed the contract.  The following month, Ospreay entered the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. On 27 May, Ospreay faced Ricochet in the tournament in a match, which received widespread attention in the professional wrestling world. While some like William Regal praised the two, others criticized the match with the most notable criticism coming from Vader , who compared the match to a "gymnastics routine".    Ospreay ended up winning his block in the tournament with a record of four wins and three losses, advancing to the finals.  On 7 June, Ospreay defeated Ryusuke Taguchi in the finals to win 2016 Best of the Super Juniors, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the tournament as well as the first English and the fifth gaijin wrestler to win the tournament.  Following the win, Ospreay was granted another shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, but was again defeated by KUSHIDA on 19 June at Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall .  On 20 July, Ospreay entered the 2016 Super J-Cup , defeating Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) representative Titán in his first round match.  On August 21, he was eliminated from the tournament in the second round by Matt Sydal.  On 8 October, Ospreay received his first shot at the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship , but he and his CHAOS stablemates Beretta and Rocky Romero were defeated by the defending champions, David Finlay, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima .  On 11 February 2017 at The New Beginning in Osaka , Ospreay unsuccessfully challenged Katsuyori Shibata for the British Heavyweight Championship. In May, Ospreay won his block in 2017 Best of the Super Juniors tournament with a record of five wins and two losses, advancing to his second consecutive final. On 3 June, Ospreay was defeated in the final by KUSHIDA.
On 9 October at King of Pro-Wrestling , Ospreay defeated KUSHIDA to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time.  With the win, Ospreay became the first British IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.  He lost the title to Marty Scurll in his first defense on 5 November at Power Struggle .  Ospreay regained the title from Scurll on 4 January 2018 at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome in a four-way match, also involving Hiromu Takahashi and KUSHIDA.  In May 2018, Ospreay entered the 2018 Best of the Super Juniors tournament . He finished his block with a record of five wins and two losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament, due to losing to Taiji Ishimori in their head-to-head match. On June 9 at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall , Ospreay lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to the winner of the tournament, Hiromu Takahashi . Afterwards on August 20, it was announced that Ospreay would take part of a four-man single elimination tournament to crown a new champion, after Takahashi was forced to vacate the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship due to a neck injury.  Ospreay was defeated by Marty Scurll in the first round.
NEVER Openweight Champion (2018–2019) [ ]
On October 8 at King of Pro-Wrestling , Ospreay pinned NEVER Openweight Champion Taichi in a non-title match and made his intentions on being the next challenger for the title. However, Ospreay suffered a rib injury and the match had to be canceled. Ospreay returned from his injury on December 9, defeating Taichi, who had lost the title to Ospreay's CHAOS stablemate Hirooki Goto , to become the #1 contender to the NEVER Openweight Championship. Later that night, Ospreay challenged newly crowned NEVER Openweight Champion Kota Ibushi to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2019. At the event on January 4, Ospreay defeated Ibushi to win NEVER Openweight Championship . Ospreay lost the title to Jeff Cobb on April 6 at G1 Supercard .
Return to the Junior Heavyweight division (2019–2020) [ ]
Following this, Ospreay returned to the junior heavyweight division, most notably at the 2019 Wrestling Dontaku , where he and Dragon Lee lost to Taiji Ishimori and the debuting El Phantasmo, where Phantasmo pinned Ospreay. After this, Ospreay entered the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Ospreay ended with a record of seven wins and two losses, advancing to his third consecutive final. On June 5, Ospreay defeated Shingo Takagi to win the tournament for his second time. On June 9, Ospreay defeated Lee to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for his third time. Afterwards, Ospreay nominated Robbie Eagles to be his first challenger for the title. Leading to the match Ospreay proclaimed that he wanted Eagles to return to his old self. On June 29 in the first night of the Southern Showdown , Ospreay defeated Robbie Eagles to make his first successful title defense. Afterwards, El Phantasmo entered the ring to show Eagles support, leading Eagles to attack him and shake hands with Ospreay. The following day, Eagles defected from Bullet Club and joined CHAOS, after he refused to attack Will Ospreay. From July 6 until August 10, Ospreay took part in the 2019 G1 Climax , where he finished the tournament with a record of four wins and five losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament. On August 22, Ospreay, representing CHAOS, entered the 2019 Super J-Cup , defeating Amazing Red in his first round match. On August 24, Ospreay defeated CHAOS stablemate Sho in the second round of the tournament, before being eliminated in the semifinals by Bullet Club's El Phantasmo with the help of his Bullet Club stablemate Taiji Ishimori . After Phantasmo won the tournament, he challenged Ospreay to match. On August 31 at Royal Quest , Ospreay and Eagles formed a team named " Birds of Prey " and the two defeated Phantasmo and Ishimori in a non-title match. Afterwards, Ospreay and Eagles held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships and challenged them to a rematch for their titles, while Phantasmo challenged Ospreay to a match for his title. On September 15 at Destruction , Ospreay and Eagles unsuccessfully challenged Phatasmo and Ishimori for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship . On October 14 at King of Pro-Wrestling , Ospreay defeated Phantasmo to make his second successful title defense. From October 16 until November 1, 2019, Ospreay and Eagles took part in the 2019 Super Jr. Tag League , finishing the tournament with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament. Ospreay and Eagles entered their final match with a chance to reach the finals, but BUSHI who had previously challenged Ospreay to match for his title, cost them their final match against Suzuki-gun ( El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru ). On November 3 at Power Struggle , Ospreay defeated BUSHI to make his third successful title defense. After the match, BUSHI's Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemate Hiromu Takahashi , who was returning from an injury, challenged Ospreay to a title match at Wrestle Kingdom 14 in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2020. In the first night, on January 4, Ospreay lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Hiromu Takahashi.
Heavyweight division (2020–Present) [ ]
Early beginnings (2020) [ ].
Following Wrestle Kingdom 14, Ospreay began feud with compatriot Zack Sabre Jr. , leading a match between the two, where Ospreay unsuccessfully challenged Sabre for the British Heavyweight Championship on February 9 at The New Beginning in Osaka . Two days later, during a eight-man tag team elimination match between CHAOS and Suzuki-gun, Ospreay eliminated Sabre from the match, leading him to challenge Sabre to a rematch. On February 14 at Revolution Pro Wrestling's High Stakes, Ospreay defeated Zack Sabre Jr., to win the British Heavyweight Championship for the first time. Afterwards, Ospreay announced he was moving into the heavyweight division.
United Empire (2020–Present) [ ]
In March, Ospreay was supposed to be part of the 2020 New Japan Cup , but NJPW was forced to suspend all of its activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The promotion eventually resumed its activities in June, travel limitations, but due to travel restritions various foreign wrestlers were prevented from returning to Japan. Ospreay made his return to NJPW in September, taking part of the 2020 G1 Climax . Ospreay started the tournament with two victories, before losing to Shingo Takagi in his third match. Ospreay bounced back with a victory over Jay White , losing then to Kota Ibushi . Afterwards, Ospreay won two successive matches, before being eliminated for the tournament, after losing to Jeff Cobb on October 13. Three days later, Ospreay faced his CHAOS stablemate Kazuchika Okada in his final round-robin match. Ospreay won the match with help from his girlfriend Bea Priestley and the returning Great O-Khan . Afterwards, Ospreay turned on Okada, announcing his departure from CHAOS, blaming Okada for "holding him back" and the creation of his own stable alongside Priestley and Great O-Khan. The first match between the Ospreay and his former CHAOS stablemates took place on the following day, where he and O-Khan defeated Okada and Sho in a tag team match. The new group was subsequently named " The Empire ". Following the tournament, Okada began seeking revenge against Opsreay for his actions, leading him to face the Great O-Khan in his test in a match at Power Struggle in a winning effort. Afterwards, Ospreay claimed he had used Okada in order to achieve success, before challenged him to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 15 , which he accepted. The rivalry between Ospreay and Okada culminated in a match on January 4, 2021, on the first night of Wrestle Kingdom 15 in Tokyo Dome , where Okada was victorious.
Following the event, on January 6 at New Years Dash , The Empire entered a rivalry with Tencozy ( Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima ). At the New Years Dash , The Empire faced Tencozy and Yota Tsuji in a winning effort. Afterwards, The Empire attacked Tencozy, with Hiroyoshi Tenzan being stretchered out of the arena. Following the attack, Ospreay officially named the stable the "United Empire". The rivalry between Ospreay and Kojima culminated into a no disqualification match at The New Beginning in Nagoya , where Ospreay defeated Kojima. In March, Ospreay took part in the 2021 New Japan Cup , which he eventually won, defeating Shingo Takagi in the finals on March 21, and afterwards challenged Kota Ibushi to a title match for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship , stating that he would do anything to win it, for the goal of becoming the top wrestler of the promotion. To prove his point, Ospreay turned on his girlfriend Bea Priestley, kicking her out of the United Empire. On April 4 at Sakura Genisis , Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, becoming the first British wrestler to holder of a NJPW's premier championship. Following the match, Ospreay nominated Okada to be his first challenger. However, before Okada could answer Shingo Takagi challenged Ospreay to a title match, claiming that he had defeated Okada in the first round of the 2021 New Japan Cup, while also seeking revenge for losing to Ospreay in the finals of the tournament. This led to Ospreay accepting Takagi as his first challenger, with Okada being next in line. On May 4, on the second night of Wrestling Dontaku , Ospreay defeated Takagi to make his first successful title defense, setting up his match against Okada at Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome . However, due to an extension to the of Japan's state of emergency, Ospreay's title match with Okada was cancelled. On May 20, it was announced that Opsreay would be vacating the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship due to a neck injury suffered in his match against Takagi and would be returning to the United Kingdom for rehabilitation. On August 14 at Resurgence , Ospreay made his return from injury, announcing that he was medically cleared to return in-ring competition, before citing his disgust on NJPW's favoritism to Jon Moxley for refusing to strip him of the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship for not defending the title under a year, while they stripped him of his title, due the time to recover from his neck injury. Ospreay proceeded to reveal that he would not return to Japan until reigning IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi was declared as "interim champion", while also claiming that he was the "real champion", unvielling a replica of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship belt, before stating that he would be appearing on NJPW Strong defending his title. Afterwards, Ospreay called out members of the LA Dojo , being confronted by Clark Connors , Karl Fredericks and TJP . On October 10, at Autumn Attack , Opsreay defeated Karl Fredericks. Afterwards, TJP, who had previously align with Fredericks, turned on him, becoming the United Empire's newest member. On November 13 at Battle in the Valley , Ospreay confronted Kazuchika Okada and challenged the winner of the main event in the first night of Wrestle Kingdom 16 for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in the second night.
On January 5, 2022, on the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 16 , Ospreay unsuccessfully challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. In March, Opsreay took part in the 2022 New Japan Cup , losing controversially in the quarterfinals to eventual winner Zack Sabre Jr. Despite losing Ospreay, claimed that he did not submitted as he was repositioning, stating that referee Red Shoes Uno had made a mistake to stop the match. On April 9, at Hyper Battle, after SANADA vacated the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship , due to an injury, he tried pass the title to the former champion, Hiroshi Tanahashi, but the request that drew the ire of Ospreay, who demanded SANADA to give him the title, since he was the one that injured him. This led to a match between Ospreay and Tanahashi for the vacant title. On April 28, it was announced that Ospreay had tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in Japan, leading him to be pulled from the event and replaced by Tomohiro Ishii . After being unable to appear at Wrestling Dontaku in his match against Tanahashi, Ospreay in a pre-taped vingette proposed a four-way match between him Tanahashi, Jon Moxley and Juice Robinson . On May 14 at Capital Collision , Ospreay was unsuccessful from winning the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship after being pinned by Robinson in a four-way match also invloving Tanahashi and Moxley. On the June 8th episode of Dynamite , Ospreay and his stablemates Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis) and Aaron Henare made their debut for All Elite Wrestling debut attacking both FTR (Dash Harwood and Cash Wheeler) and Beretta , which led to a match on June 10th episode of Rampage where Ospreay and Aussie Open would made their AEW in-ring debuts losing to FTR and Beretta in a six-man tag team match.
On June 12 at Dominion 6.12 in Osaka-jo Hall , Opsreay defeated SANADA to win the vacant IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. On June 26 at Forbidden Door , Ospreay made his first successful defense of the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against Orange Cassidy. From July 16 to August 16, Ospreay took part in the 2022 G1 Climax , where he won his block with a record of four wins and two losses, advancing to the semifinals. During the tournament, Ospreay gained the physical IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship from former champion Juice Robinson and David Finlay , who both competed in the same block as Ospreay, with Finlay picking up a victory over him. In the semifinals on August 17, Ospreay defeated Tetsuya Naito , but was defeated in the final by Kazuchika Okada on August 18. On August 21, at RevPro's Ten Year Anniversary, Ospreay lost the Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion to Ricky Knight Jr., ending his record breaking title reign at 919 days. His second defense of the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship took place on September 25, where he defeated David Finlay, who had defeated him during the G1 Climax. His third title defense took place on November 5, where he defeated Tetsuya Naito. His next title defense took place on November 20 at Historic X-Over , where he defeated Shota Umino . Post-match, Ospreay accepted a challenge from Kenny Omega for a match at Wrestle Kingdom 17 . He lost the title to Omega on January 4, 2023, at Wrestle Kingdom 17 in Tokyo Dome.
Following Wrestle Kingdom, Ospreay began a short feud with Just Four Guys member Taichi , which culminated in a match between the two at The New Beginning in Sapporo , which Opsreay won. In March, Ospreay took part in the 2023 New Japan Cup . Despite defeating United Empire stablemate Mark Davis in the second round, he was forced to pull out of the tournament after suffering a shoulder injury against Davis, leading him to announce in an interumptum press-conference that Ospreay named him as his replacement in the New Japan Cup. In April, NJPW announced a tournament to determine the new number one contender to Kenny Omega's IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, featuring Ospreay, Lance Archer, Juice Robinson and Hiroshi Tanahashi. On June 4 at Dominion 6.4 in Osaka-jo Hall , Ospreay defeated Archer in the finals to become the number one contender for the US title at Forbidden Door on June 25. Ospreay returned to AEW on the June 14 episode of Dynamite , where he attacked Omega. On the June 21 episode of Dynamite , Don Callis, who had been feuding with Kenny Omega, offered him help to use of his "military grade private security" in his title match at Forbidden Door. At Forbidden Door, Ospreay defeated Omega to regain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. Following the match, Ospreay expressed interest in facing his idol Naomichi Marufuji , specifically on his anniversary show, stating that he would love to be in the ring with him if possible. On July 15 at Noah's One Night Dream , it was announced that Ospreay would face Marufuji on his 25th anniversary show. From July 15 to August 6, Ospreay took part in the 2023 G1 Climax , where he finished the tournament with a record of five wins and two losses, advancing to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, on August 10, Ospreay defeated David Finlay, but lost to eventual tournament winner Tetsuya Naito in the semifinals, on August 12, eliminating him from the tournament. Following the match, Ospreay claimed to be tired of holding a title which he had "no attachment to". Ospreay then discarded the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship and unveiled a new title with a Union Jack on it, naming it the IWGP United Kingdom Heavyweight Championship. On September 18, Ospreay faced Naomichi Marufuji in a winning effort. On October 14 at Royal Quest III , Opsreay was challenged by Shota Umino to a match for the IWGP United Kingdom Championship, with Umino requesting Ospreay to bring both the UK and the US Championship belts with him at the event. On November 4 at Power Struggle , after Ospreay successfully defended the title against Umino. He was confronted by Jon Moxley , before being attacked by David Finlay, who proceded to destroy both UK and the US Championship belts. Afterwards, in a post-match interview, Ospreay proposed a three-way match between him, Moxley and Finlay at Wrestle Kingdom 18 for a new title. On November 6, NJPW officially announced the match. At a press conference, that same day, NJPW chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announced that a new championship would replace the U.S./U.K. Heavyweight Championship. On December 11, Sugabayashi revealed the new title would be the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship , with the winner of the match becoming the inaugural champion.
Professional wrestling style and persona [ ]
Opsreay was known for his high-flying, high-risk style of wrestling, being formerly nicknamed "The Aerial Assassin". As a junior heavyweight, Ospreay used a springboard cutter named the OsCutter as his finishing maneuver. This high-risk style has caused concern about Ospreay's health and length of his career. This included also a neck injury he suffered against Marty Scurll on April 1, 2018. After his match against Kota Ibushi at Wrestle Kingdom 13 , Ospreay changed his nickname to "The Assassin" and debuted a new finisher, a swinging back elbow he later named the Hidden Blade . Since his transition to the Heavyweight division in 2020, Ospreay bulked up in size and muscle. This led to him changing his in-ring style, as he continued to use high-flying offence but incorporated more technical skill as well as powerful offence, which includes his finisher a corkscrew neckbreaker, named Stormbreaker .
Following Ospreay's heel turn on October 16, 2020, Ospreay became known as "The Commonwealth Kingpin", a character known for an arrogant and pedantic personality, who looks to no means to achieve his goals. Wrestling Observer Newsletter journalist Dave Meltzer reported that idea behind the gimmick was put by Chris Jericho , who had been a fan of Ospreay, helped him developing the gimmick behind the scenes. Between the summer and the fall of 2022, fellow British wrestler, Gideon Grey became his manager, mouthpiece and spokesperson. On January 4, 2023, at Wrestle Kingdom 17 , Ospreay briefly returned to his old character "The Aerial Assassin", despite retaining some traits of his heel gimmick. Ospreay later returned with his old gimmick since June 25, 2023 at Forbidden Door .
Personal life [ ]
Since 2017, Ospreay has been in a relationship with fellow professional wrestler Bea Priestley . In 2019, the couple revealed they were planning on moving to Japan due to both of their wrestling schedules there. As of 2021, the two have split, with Ospreay later confirming it. Since 2021 Ospreay has been in a relationship with fellow British professional wrestler Alex Winsdor.
As part of the Speaking Out movement, Ospreay was accused of blacklisting Pollyanna, a former wrestler, after she made allegations towards Ospreay's friend and Swords of Essex stablemate Scott Wainwright. Independent wrestling promotion International Wrestling League (IWL) stated on Twitter that a venue asked them to remove Pollyanna from a show at the request of Ospreay. However, it was later revealed by IWL that the venue, rather than Ospreay, had requested her removal. The person running the IWL Twitter account later revealed that the supposed evidence was really their opinion on an "unclear situation".
In 2019, Ospreay was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.
On September 1, 2021, Ospreay revealed in a video on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in the United Kingdom with Ospreay testing positive for COVID-19 for the second time amid its pandemic in Japan leading to him being pulled from NJPW 's Wrestling Dontaku event on April 28, 2022.
In wrestling [ ]
- Hidden Blade (Running high impact swinging back elbow to the back of a kneeling opponent's head, with theatrics)
- Leap of Faith (540° corkscrew senton bomb)
- Storm Breaker (Double underhook overhead gutwrench transitioned into a modified corkscrew neckbreaker) – 2018–present
- Storm Driver '93 (Kneeling double underhook sheerdrop powerbomb)
- 630° senton
- Air Assassin (Imploding 450° splash)
- Chelsea Grin (Inverted headlock transitioned into a discus elbow smash to the back of the opponent's head)
- Essex Destroyer (Front flip DDT)
- Falcon arrow
- Firebird Splash (Springboard 450° splash)
- Figure-four leglock
- Hitodenashi Driver (Cradle back-to-belly piledriver)
- Iron Octopus (Octopus hold)
- London Has Fallen (Sitout fireman's carry facebuster)
- Cheeky Nandos Kick (Super to opponent on the turnbuckle)
- Drop, sometimes from the top rope
- Handspring enzuigiri 
- Robinson Special (720° to the back of the head of a rising opponent)
- Roundhouse, sometimes while performing a jumping corkscrew
- Silent Whisper (Super)
- Avalanche OsCutter (Avalanche cutter)
- OsCutter (Springboard cutter)   , sometimes used as a finishing move
- Super OsCutter (Diving springboard cutter)
- Burning Star Press (Shooting star press to an opponent hanging in the top rope)
- Pip Pip Cheerio (Springboard forearm smash)
- Pumphandle half nelson wheelbarrow driver
- Rainham Maker (Standing moonsault side slam, transitioned from a straightjacket wrist-lock) – adopted from Kazuchika Okada
- Reverse Bloody Sunday (Lifting inverted DDT) – adopted from Prince Devitt
- Running knee strike to an opponent's head
- Sasuke Special (Cartwheel over the top rope suicide corkscrew moonsault)
- Snap suplex
- Spanish Fly (Standing moonsault side slam)
- Short-arm lariat – adopted from Kazuchika Okada
- Standing corkscrew senton bomb
- Stundog Millionaire (Corkscrew falling stunner, as a reversal to a suplex)
- Vertical suplex
- Gideon Grey
- "The Assassin"
- "The Aerial Assassin"
- "The Commonwealth Kingpin"
- ¨The Sky King¨
- "The Aerial Assassin" by Yonosuke Kitamura 
- "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC
- "Elevated" by It Lives, It Breathes
- "Bring It Down" by Yonosuke Kitamura feat. Eiki
- "Bring It Down -Zenith of God-" by Yonosuke Kitamura feat. Eiki
Championships and accomplishments [ ]
- IWGP World Heavyweight Championship ( 1 time )
- IWGP United States (United Kingdom) Heavyweight Championship ( 2 times )
- NEVER Openweight Championship ( 1 time )
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship ( 3 times )  
- Best of the Super Juniors ( 2016 , 2019 ) 
- New Japan Cup ( 2021 )
- Third Grand Slam Champion
- Sixth Triple Crown Champion
- PWI ranked him # 16 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016 
- PWI ranked him # 7 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2021
- British Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- British Cruiserweight Championship (2 times) 
- British Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Paul Robinson
- Second Triple Crown Champion
- ROH World Television Championship (1 time) 
- Best Move of the Year (2017) – OsCutter 
- Match of the Year (2016) with Matt Sydal and Ricochet vs. Adam Cole and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) on September 3 
- Best Bout Award (2022) vs. Kazuchika Okada on August 18
- Warrior Wrestling Championship (1 time)
- 5 Star Match (2016) with Matt Sydal and Ricochet vs. Adam Cole and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) on 3 September 
- 5 Star Match (2017) vs. KUSHIDA on June 3 
- 5 Star Match (2018) vs. Marty Scurll on April 1 
- Best Flying Wrestler (2016-2019) 
- Best Wrestling Maneuver (2019) Storm Breaker
- Best Wrestling Maneuver (2022) Hidden Blade
- Danny Hodge Memorial Award/Non-Heavyweight MVP (2018, 2019)
- Europe MVP (2021, 2022)
- Most Outstanding Wrestler (2022)
- Pro Wrestling Match of the Year (2022) vs. Kazuchika Okada on August 18
- 5 Star Match (2018) with Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi on December 15
- 5 Star Match (2019) vs Bandido on May 23
- 5.75 Star Match (2019) vs. Shingo Takagi on June 5
- 5 Star Match (2019) vs Dragon Lee on June 9
- 5 Star Match (2019) vs Kota Ibushi on June 18
- 5.75 Star Match (2019) vs Kazuchika Okada on July 20
- 5.5 Star Match (2020) vs Hiromu Takahashi on January 4
- 5 Star Match (2020) vs Zack Sabre Jr on February 14
- 5 Star Match (2022) vs. Kazuchika Okada on August 18
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- ↑ Caldwell, James 2016-05-29. Caldwell – Ospreay vs. Ricochet – One match captures the larger argument about today’s pro wrestling style . Pro Wrestling Torch . Retrieved on 2016-05-31.
- ↑ Johnson, Mike 2016-05-29. William Regal provides important insight and advice in wake of talked about Ricochet vs. Ospreay bout in NJ . Pro Wrestling Insider . Retrieved on 2016-05-31.
- ↑ Schwartz, Nick 2016-05-29. Wrestling fans are going crazy over this acrobatic match in Japan . Fox Sports . Retrieved on 2016-05-31.
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El Phantasmo, alongside Kelly Sixx , managed to defeat Damian Dunne and Kip Sabian in his first match for Frontline Wrestling at Build Me An Empire .
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El caleidoscopio del metro de Moscú
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Alrededor de 8 millones de personas usan el metro en Moscú todos los días, lo que es una forma muy conveniente de llegar rápidamente a su destino sin atascos de tráfico. Sin embargo, el metro de Moscú no es sólo un medio de transporte público, sino también un caleidoscopio de obras de arte y a menudo se le llama "museo subterráneo". La mayoría de las estaciones antiguas y nuevas del metro de Moscú están adornadas con mármol, piedras semipreciosas, mosaicos, vidrieras, bajorrelieves y esculturas. Más de 40 de las 212 estaciones han sido designadas monumentos arquitectónicos, y 44 estaciones son sitios del patrimonio cultural.
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Disfruta de las obras maestras de Malevich o Kandinsky en el metro
La estación de Arbatskaya, con su techo abovedado y calado, arcos de mármol y arañas de bronce a la antigua usanza, parece un palacio. Puede imaginarse sentado en un banco del bulevar bajo los faroles de la estación de Trubnaya o del bulevar Slavyansky. Situado en un puente sobre el río Moscú, el Vorobyovy Gory es la única estación con ventanas panorámicas y una vista magnífica. El poema "Cielo de Moscú" escrito por el poeta futurista ruso Vladimir Mayakovsky inspiró la decoración de la estación de Mayakovskaya. Si miras hacia arriba, puedes leer algunas líneas del poema de Mayakovsky y ver 34 ilustraciones en mosaico que representan 24 horas de cielo de Moscú. Los bajorrelieves de la estación de Teatralnaya muestran a personas de diferentes nacionalidades vestidas con trajes tradicionales, tocando instrumentos musicales nacionales y bailando danzas folclóricas. Si tienes suerte, puedes tomar uno de los trenes temáticos especiales y disfrutar de las obras maestras de Kazimir Malevich, Vasily Kandinsky u otros artistas rusos mientras viajas en el metro.
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Arbatskaya station (Moscow metro)
Teatralnaya station (Moscow metro)
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Mayakovskaya station (Moscow metro)
Vorobyovy Gory station (Moscow metro)
Cuenta la historia del país.
La historia del Metro de Moscú comenzó en 1935. Podemos imaginar cómo vivía la gente en esa época, mirando las figuras de bronce de los trabajadores, granjeros, aviadores, ingenieros, estudiantes, atletas, soldados, etc. en la estación de Ploshchad Revolyutsii. Por cierto, al salir de la estación, no olvides acariciar la nariz de uno de los perros de bronce de la guardia fronteriza para la buena suerte! Los mosaicos de la estación de Komsomolskaya le contarán sobre los héroes del pasado, la valiente lucha del pueblo ruso contra los invasores a partir del siglo XIII y las victorias más importantes de la historia rusa. En la estación de Kievskaya se pueden cruzar las fronteras de la distancia y el tiempo para ver la vida y la cultura de la Ucrania soviética. Además, podemos mirar mucho más allá en el pasado. Si observamos más de cerca las paredes de algunas estaciones de metro, podemos ver fósiles de nautilos, amonitas o belemnitas, que vivían en la época de los dinosaurios.
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Ploshchad Revolyutsii station (Moscow metro)
Komsomolskaya station (Moscow metro)
Kievskaya station (Moscow metro)
Metro - el museo más barato de moscú.
Sin embargo, el metro de Moscú es un tipo de transporte público. Es cómodo, fácil de usar y no es caro, pero trate de evitar las horas pico. Para orientarse en este espectacular caleidoscopio de estaciones, utilice el plano del metro en el que cada línea tiene su color y número. Los nombres de las estaciones se anuncian en ruso e inglés. El precio del billete es de 55 rublos o menos, y no depende de la duración de la ruta. Por lo tanto, este interesante museo subterráneo parece ser el museo más barato de Moscú.
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