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Ospreay says he’s retiring the move that led to Danielson injury scare

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Will Ospreay and Bryan Danielson delivered a thrilling match at AEW Dynasty on Sun., April 21. It ended on a bit of kayfabe controversy, however.

Referee Bryce Remsburg was calling for doctors to check on Danielson as he sold an injury from Ospreay’s version of the Tiger Driver ‘91, but the British wrestler didn’t notice and hit a spasming Bryan with his Hidden Blade finisher.

The camerawork and commentary made it clear Danielson’s injury was storyline, but the way they’ve continued the angle after the show doesn’t leave any doubt. AEW released footage of Ospreay helping Bryan to the trainer’s room post-match — more material they’d never release if Danielson was actually hurt. For some reason the tweet with the video isn’t embeddable, but you can view it here.

Then at -show media scrum, Ospreay continued to be just as committed to selling how upset he was as Bryan was to selling being hurt. He even announced that he’s retiring the move that “injured” Danielson:

“I’m super glad that everybody enjoyed the match. A little bit of a dampener on how it’s all kinda the dust has settled now. I’ve reviewed the footage myself, it seems Bryan got hurt on the Storm Driver [Tiger Driver ‘91] and I didn’t see the doctor call. The referee called for the doctor and I didn’t see it. So I want to apologize on that. Obviously, within the confines of wrestling I do… in the ring it’s more or less your life versus mine, until you kind of see it staring at you in the face of what I did, and honestly I feel awful about this.

“So, even though like 90% of the time that move’s been absolutely fine, seeing the damage that it’s kind of done, I’m gonna retire using the Storm Driver ‘91. I don’t think it’s right for me to continue using it after seeing what it did to Bryan, someone that I’ve got like huge amounts of respect for. This was kind of my dream match, this was something that I’ve wanted since I was kid, bruv. So to see the outcome, although I’m happy everyone enjoyed the match, I’m kind of disappointing in myself. So once again I apologize to Bryan, I apologize to AEW medics, I apologize to Tony [Khan]… sorry, it’s proper fucking with me, mate,”

Khan was seated next to Ospreay and consoled him by praising the match and saying Bryan is going to be okay.

So this is definitely a work, we’ll just have to wait to see what it’s leading to. A rematch is certainly one possibility, but it could also be used to further Ospreay’s split from The Don Callis Family. Somewhere down the line he can also turn heel by bringing back the Tiger Driver ‘91.

Let us know what you make of it all in the comments below.

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