The hits keep coming. Just minutes after the introduction of the all-new All-Atlantic Championship, AEW keep the surprises like Will Ospreay and united empire made their presence overwhelming Thirty Beretta and FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) to continue an angle that started a few weeks before on dynamite.
In the midst of a fantastic and competitive ring of honor Tag Team Championship match between FTR Champions and Challengers Vice Roppongi (Rocky Romero and Trent Beretta), the United Empire Great O-Khan and Jeff Cobb showed up unexpectedly, prompting a DQ as the duo destroyed both teams. Tonight, Trent made a point of reminding FTR of this interference as he argued that he and Romero should get a rematch considering they never lost. Before FTR could grant that request, however, a familiar song hit, and Will Ospreay came out, making his AEW debut. But while all eyes were on Ospreay, the other half of the United Empire (Aaron Henar and Australian Openit is Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher) charged the ring, attacking Beretta and FTR from behind.
Look who’s here at #AEWDynamite! He is the leader of #UnitedEmpire, @njpwglobalit is @WillOspreayand he brought reinforcements #AussieOpen (@kylefletcherpro/@DUNKZILLADReview) & @HenareNZ! #AEWDynamite is LIVE on @TBS Network! pic.twitter.com/CBSpgo8gCW
– All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) June 9, 2022
A message has clearly been sent. The United Empire is a force to be reckoned with, both in New Japan Pro Wrestling and on the other side of the pond in NJPW strong. Ospreay’s band of vicious soldiers wreaked havoc everywhere they went, with O-Khan and Cobb even winning the IWGP Tag Team titles on one occasion. But the star of the group is undoubtedly 29-year-old Ospreay, who has become one of NJPW’s top gaijins over the past few years. Ospreay has plied his trade around the world, having recently worked for promotions such as NJPW, NJPW Strong, ROH, as well as Warrior Fight and Rev Pro, where he is currently the top champion of both promotions. Formerly a mainstay in NJPW’s junior division, Ospreay stepped onto the heavyweight title scene a few years ago and hasn’t looked back. During his career, Ospreay won 21 titles and played countless five-star and five-star matches and more.
Ospreay has made its intentions for Forbidden Door known a few months ago shortly after the show was first announced. And while the Commonwealth Kingpin was aware of the dream match potential that lay ahead, he said he would rather face one of AEW’s less established stars. That could still be the case, although right now all roads are heading to this Friday night’s Rampage as it’s been announced that Ospreay will be making his AEW in-ring debut teaming up with the Aussie Open to face FTR and Trent Beretta.
— Denise “Hollywood It Girl” Salcedo (@_denisesalcedo) June 9, 2022
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