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Swerve Strickland vs Will Ospreay at AEW Forbidden Door: The Inside Scoop

One big thing: Will Ospreay requested to put Swerve Strickland over

AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland successfully defended his title against Will Ospreay at Forbidden Door on Sunday. The match surprised many fans who expected this bout to take place at All In in London next month.

Why it matters

This decision showcases Ospreay’s commitment to AEW and his willingness to be a team player, dispelling notions of ego or entitlement often associated with top stars.

The details

• Ospreay reached out to AEW higher-ups, expressing his desire to put Strickland over.
• He wanted to counter the perception that Strickland’s reign was a “placeholder” until Ospreay won at All In.
• Ospreay aimed to set an example that no one is above losing to the World Champion.
• An AEW insider noted that “a point was being proven” through this decision.

Behind the scenes

• Ospreay and Strickland are long-time friends.
• The match at All In was never the original plan.
• Ospreay has significant creative plans lined up for the rest of 2024.

What’s next

• Strickland will defend his title against the Men’s Owen Hart Cup Tournament winner.
• The Owen Hart Cup semifinals begin on tomorrow’s “AEW Dynamite: Beach Break.”
• Ospreay’s opponent for All In remains undisclosed.

This move by Ospreay demonstrates a level of professionalism and respect for the business that’s refreshing to see in modern wrestling. What do you think about Ospreay’s decision to put Strickland over? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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