Will Ospreay took to Instagram to hype his Wrestle Kingdom 13 match with Kota Ibushi for the NEVER Openweight Championship. Ospreay shares a touching moment with Ibushi from 2016:
You have no idea how much you helped me this day. Only a few days before this photo/match, I lost a friend who helped me in British Wrestling, Kris Travis.
To be in the ring with a man I would call an inspiration, helped me not focus on grieving but to celebrate his life.
After this moment and how fans reacted to how we were in the ring, I knew that this was the match I wanted.
Now I’m under a week my dream match on the biggest stage of my life. For a championship that has lost its place in New Japan but now shall live up to what it should be, an Openweight Championship.
What I’m saying is thank you for helping me all those years ago, but January 4th 2019, my idol is my rival.