AEW Star Slams WWE’s Usage of Ricochet; Says It’s Appalling At How He is Booked

— AEW star Will Ospreay and WWE’s Ricochet have a storied history with one another, wrestling in multiple five-star matches in 2016-2017 before their paths diverged with Ricochet signing with WWE and Ospreay working for NJPW. In recent times, the two high-flyers work for rival promotions in WWE and AEW but forever remain linked due to their past body of work. Speaking to Comicbook.com, Ospreay says he still keeps up with Ricochet’s activities in WWE, but indicated that he gets “sad” about his situation:

“I keep up with him all the time and sometimes I get a little bit sad about it. I hope he’s not sad and I hope he’s real happy. I keep up with him as much as I can, but I feel like people are forgetting who Ricochet was once upon a time. All of these high-flyers that you see, and myself included, we all took inspiration from Pac and Ricochet.”

— Clarifying his comment further, Ospreay doubled down and said that the way WWE uses Ricochet (five minute matches on their new Speed program) is “appalling.”

“The fact that they only value his time for under five minutes is appalling to me. I just want people to remember who he is. If you go and look at 2012-2013 Dragon Gate Ricochet, he was untouchable at the time. When it came to this generation of high-flyers, he was the greatest. He’s the greatest high-flyer ever. I know it sounds weird, but I do include put him on the same level as Rey Mysterio.”

— Reports have swirled around that Ricochet’s WWE contract is expiring this summer and he could look to explore his options elsewhere. Ospreay encouraged his former colleague to “bet on himself”, suggesting that he should consider AEW:

“I don’t know how much longer he has got in his contract, but I think it might be up soon, man, I don’t know. I want him to know that there are people here that genuinely appreciate his work and I want to wrestle him again. I want him back here. I want him to know that there isn’t a bar. You are the f–king bar.”

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