On Saturday, Will Ospreay surprised fans by revealing his revamped IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, now transformed to reflect his homeland. Following his impressive performance in the G1 Climax 33 semifinal, Ospreay introduced the world to the “IWGP United Kingdom Heavyweight Championship.”
This modified title maintains the original design but proudly showcases the UK flag, seamlessly replacing “United States” with “United Kingdom.” The unveiling adds an intriguing twist to the wrestling scene, particularly with AEW’s All In event just around the corner at Wembley Stadium in London, a mere two weeks away.
Speaking from Sumo Hall, Tokyo, where the shift was made, Ospreay expressed his sentiment about the change, swapping his former US Title for the newly customized version. His words encapsulated the significance of the moment and the inspiration behind his decision.
The belt doesn’t make the man, the man makes the belt, and I am sick to death of carrying something I have no attachment to. I don’t want to carry this [United States] flag. I’ve been to America and been the best in the world. Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan — I am the best in the world. The best in the world is from the United Kingdom. So to the IWGP committee, have this [The US Title belt], I don’t want it. I want a championship that suits my needs.
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I was going to reveal this when I beat Naito, but shit happens. I am the best in the world, and I want this championship.
This is my championship. This means I am the best in the world. I have beaten Kenny Omega, beaten Okada, I have beaten them all. So if anyone in the world thinks they are better than me, championship on the line, you beat Will Ospreay and you take this from me, you’re the best in the world.