• Chris Jericho Thinks Top NJPW Star Will Join AEW One Day
During a recent interview on REINVENTED with Jen Eckhart, current AEW Superstar Chris Jericho talked about NJPW wrestler Will Ospreay, who won the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship earlier this year, but had to vacate it a month later due to a neck injury.
Here’s what Jericho said about wanting to see Ospreay in All Elite Wrestling:
“I’d love to see Will (Ospreay) in AEW, I actually called him way, way back when we were first starting out to see what kind of interest he had. I think there are a lot of guys that want to work in Japan and spend time there, I know because I was one of them. I’ve been to Japan over 60 times in my career.
There will come a time when Will decides he wants to work in his own country, I know he’s English, but in America, that idea is much more similar to England than Japan is.
There’s something to be said about being a world-wide television superstar. You won’t get that working for New Japan Pro Wrestling. It’s great to be there, but the real big leagues lie in America.
I would love to see Will working in America and I think at some point, that will probably happen.”
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• Old School WCW Veteran Celebrates Her Birthday
Old School WCW Veteran Malia Hosaka celebrates her 52nd birthday today.
After being trained by Killer Kowalski & Misty Blue Simmes, Malia Hosaka started wrestling professionally in 1991 and ended up working for several different promotions during her long, illustrious career.
Malia wrestled on Herb Abrams’ UWF Fury Hour TV shows in 1991, worked the first ever ECW November To Remember in 1993, went to Japan to compete for FMW in 1994; and eventually ended up joining Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling during the famous Monday Night Wars, working several shows & tapings in 1996 & 1997.
She also had a few cameo appearances on WWF TV in 1999, as well as a 2003 match for NWA Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Some dirt sheet editors like Dave Meltzer consider her one of the greatest female professional wrestlers of all time.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALIA HOSAKA!