The World’s Best Wrestler Who Owes His Career to Assassin’s Creed

Meet Will Ospreay, a 30-year-old Assassin’s Creed fan who many think about to at the moment be the perfect skilled wrestler on the earth. Will’s not simply a fan of Assassin’s Creed although, his total profession has been constructed on the inspiration of the Ubisoft sequence, and since his early wrestling days he has passed by the Ezio-inspired moniker ‘The Aerial Assassin’.

“I really like [the phrase] ‘work at the hours of darkness to serve the sunshine’,” explains Ospreay. “It spoke volumes [to me] for some unusual purpose. It simply felt like a superhero [mantra I wanted to adopt] weirdly, and I really like being the nice man. I find it irresistible.

“I went on eBay and purchased a cosplay outfit of Assassin’s Creed.” he shares. “Everyone knew it was a cosplay jacket, [but] individuals understood what I used to be going for.”

It’s been over ten years since Will Ospreay first donned the enduring Assassin’s hood, and regardless of its humble cosplay beginnings, the look has been a everlasting fixture for a decade. It’s taken him from bingo halls to the big-time of WWE’s rival promotion, All Elite Wrestling. Along the way in which, Will spent eight years in New Japan Pro Wrestling, honing not solely his craft but additionally his Assassin’s Creed-inspired persona.

“It opened up gateways in my mind with wrestling,” Ospreay says. “It made me suppose a lot deeper in regards to the entrance [and] the way in which I introduced and carried myself on digicam. Without Assassin’s Creed, I do not suppose I’d be as far in my wrestling profession as I’d be proper now.”

Will’s obsession started with Ezio Auditore da Firenze, however surprisingly not his look in Assassin’s Creed 2, however fairly in his third journey, Assassin’s Creed Revelations. After having fun with that sport a lot, Ospreay shortly revisited all the earlier video games and actually fell in love with the sequence. He then started to transition Assassin’s Creed influences into his future wrestling profession.

I appear like I work at Tesco, so I wanted one thing to stand out.

“You’ve received about six seconds to win a crowd over,” explains Ospreay. “The second you stroll by means of that curtain, you’ve to have one thing about you. Whether you’re a freak, otherwise you’ve received lengthy hair, you have received to have one thing about you.”

“I appear like I work at Tesco, so I actually [needed] one thing to stand out. I cherished the Assassin’s Creed video games. The approach [the assassins] moved was so charming for me.”

For these aware of Will Ospreay, you’ll immediately recognise his unquestionable athletic prowess. Ezio’s free-running motion and Will’s pure capability was an immediate match, and precisely what he was on the lookout for.

“Me and my buddies would watch parkour and free working movies,” recollects Ospreay. “To see it utilized in a online game [by a] man who’s kicking ass as nicely, it was, ‘Okay, I’ve an attachment to this character.’”

Ospreay’s wrestling fashion developed together with his character, and the Aerial Assassin’s love for utilising Assassin’s Creed continued to develop. The subsequent logical step, then, was to identify one of many spectacular strikes in his arsenal after the sequence’ most iconic ingredient.

The Hidden Blade - Getty Images
The Hidden Blade – Getty Images

“I consider it was 2019 after I confronted Ibushi, [the move] received a lot of a response from individuals,” Ospreay explains, referring to his lethal swinging again elbow that’s since been labelled the ‘Hidden Blade’. “My buddies had been saying in a WhatsApp group chat ‘You ought to name it the ‘Hidden Blade.’ I put it on the market into the world, and everybody appreciated the concept. Some followers had been tweeting it as nicely. So I used to be like, ‘Oh, you recognize what? I’m going to keep it up. I’m going to name it The Hidden Blade.’ I believed it match completely for me anyway.”

But the Hidden Blade isn’t the one Assassin’s Creed impressed transfer in his repertoire.

“I began doing a transfer identify known as the Infrared, which is a 540 diploma corkscrew transfer – it was invented by The Amazing Red. But I began calling that the Leap of Faith.” explains Ospreay. “The major purpose I known as it that’s as a result of I usually cannot see the place they’re. It is me hoping for the perfect. I do not know if that motherf**ker’s behind me or not!”

The Leap of Faith - Getty Images
The Leap of Faith – Getty Images

Taking inspiration from a online game character on your wrestling persona could seem distinctive (and it’s!), however wrestlers usually search in uncommon corners of the world for character growth and inspiration.

“My upbringing in wrestling was with Lucha Britannia,” Ospreay says, referring to the London-based, cabaret-like, fantastical lucha libre-inspired present. “They would put a masks on you and say; ‘Today you are a lizard.’ And you’re like, ‘Well, what does the lizard do?’ It was for you to work out. So there’s elements of me that understands you’ve to turn into a personality, and get outdoors of your consolation zone.”

Lucha Britannia taught Ospreay not solely to be snug in his personal pores and skin, but additionally within the character he would go on to personify. Like an murderer, placing on a masks was a approach of working at the hours of darkness to serve the sunshine – a light-weight represented by the infinite hours of leisure each wrestling and video video games can present.

A Japanese Assassin’s Creed is precisely what I’ve been ready for my total life.

“We play video video games and [watch] wrestling for a similar causes, to escape the true world,” Ospreay says. “The actual world sucks typically, however now we have to dwell in it. But for these few hours we will have slightly little bit of a break from the true world. We haven’t got to have a look at our tax brackets, we do not have to cope with our governments, we do not have to hear to individuals simply spouting off lies always, and we will simply sit there and luxuriate in one thing that we love.”

Being the perfect wrestler on the earth doesn’t come simple, so it’s comprehensible that Ospreay doesn’t at all times have an incredible period of time spare to play video video games anymore. Although he admits to having fallen behind on his current gaming data, the Assassin’s Creed sequence remains to be of nice curiosity to him.

“They’re doing a brand new one. I feel it is set in Japan as nicely,” Ospreay mentions with an enormous smile on his face. “ A Japanese Assassin’s Creed is precisely what I’ve been ready for my total life. I’m so excited for that one to come out.”

In a world the place wrestling superstars like The Rock, John Cena, and Dave Bautista have taken over Hollywood, might Ospreay ever see himself someday residing out his Assassin’s Creed fantasies on the silver display screen?

“I used to be in New Japan when the Assassin’s Creed movie got here out.” recollects Ospreay. “They wished to use a few of my photographs from New Japan to assist promote the film coming over!”

“They stated if there was going to be an Assassin’s Creed 2, I would have the ability to do some stunt work in it and I received excited. Nothing ever got here of it however I’d love to be part of Assassin’s Creed.”

Although one other Assassin’s Creed film feels unlikely to arrive anytime quickly, Ospreay has already developed a wonderful relationship with the sequence’ creators, Ubisoft. That features a partnership that noticed him gown as Assassin Creed Syndicate’s The Ripper throughout his entrance at Wrestle Kingdom 18 (New Japan’s equal of Wrestlemania) full official Assassin’s Creed music.

“After getting the go forward from Ubisoft to have their theme enjoying for my final Tokyo Dome match, they stated that there are alternatives for me to discover with Assassin’s Creed now,” shares Ospreay. “So if there ever was a film, or a sport, or perhaps a downloadable Aerial Assassin [character], I’m fully open for it. I really like the Assassin’s Creed franchise and actually, it could be an honour.”

Perhaps even only a Will Ospreay-themed pores and skin within the subsequent sport?

“Yeah mate, that might be sick!” agreed Ospreay. ”Especially the outfit I’ve received now [in AEW]. I appear like an Elton John Power Ranger, mate. I look nice!”

Dale Driver is IGN’s Executive Producer of Video Programming, a lifelong wrestling fan, and a really joyful boy after Will Ospreay repeatedly known as him “bruv”. Follow him on Twitter.

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