Ricochet vs Will Ospreay
April 2, 2016
Eddie Deen’s Ranch in Dallas, TX
USA vs Europe Series Match
This wasn’t their famous match in Japan, but rather an iPPV put on by Evolve over WrestleMania weekend in Dallas. Many who saw it said it was the best match of the entire weekend.
And you can certainly make that point, because these two did such amazing athletic feats that I could go on and on with superlatives. Will Ospreay and Ricochet are ahead of their time, and I’d call them can’t-miss stars of the future, except I don’t think their bodies will hold up that long. Ospreay, in his early 20s, has already shown early signs of his body breaking down. The things these guys do in the ring simply cannot be sustained over the long run, and once you see this match, you’ll see why.
Still, this match was mind blowingly great. The crowd loved and appreciated both men, but at the same time, it seemed more like an athletic exhibition than a competitive match. So whether you prefer this match or the Zayn vs Nakamura match from the night before is simply a matter of personal choice. You can’t go wrong with either one.
How Ricochet doesn’t have WWE beating down his door is a mystery, as he’s got a great physique, is good looking, and can do anything in the ring with precision. Ospreay can do more spectacular things, and is a year or two away of being even better (if his body holds up). They are so ridiculously talented and this match was such a thing of beauty, that it’s a shame they’re spending their prime years in front of small audiences (except for New Japan, where both are stars) instead of a WWE audience.
Kota Ibushi makes a surprise appearance after the match in an angle involving Chris Hero, Tommy End, and Zack Sabre Jr.