Ricochet in AEW would be a big deal

Will Ospreay had a lot to say about Ricochet and one thing is for sure, he would put on great matches in All Elite Wrestling.
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To say that Ricochet is one of the greatest highflyers in wrestling today would almost be an underrepresentation of how good he is as a performer. Even before signing with WWE back in 2018, he had legions of fans thanks to his tenured run throughout the independents. Yet, as his contract is approaching an end in WWE, a major AEW star is making the push for him to come to that organization and there are several big matches fans would love to see.

Will Ospreay had quite a bit to say about his former foe. In an interview with Liam Crowley of Comicbook.com, Ospreay talked highly of Ricochet, but was extremely critical of his usage in WWE.

“The fact that they only value his time for under five minutes is appalling to me,” Ospreay said, speaking of Ricochet being the WWE Speed champion, a title that is exclusive to Twitter in matches that are only five minutes or less. “I just want people to remember who he is. If you go back and look at 2012,2013 Dragon Gate Ricochet, he was untouchable at the time. When it came to this generation of high-flyers, he was the greatest. He’s the greatest high-flyer ever. I know it sounds weird, but I do include him on the same level as Rey Mysterio.”

Those are glowing words from someone that many would consider one of the best professional wrestlers in the business today. Ospreay openly talks about the idea of Ricochet coming to AEW if his time in WWE ended and that would be an interesting concept.

Think about some of the matches that Ricochet could have. Of course, Ospreay and Ricochet had a series of highly acclaimed matches from 2016-2017, many of those were the matches that put both men on the radar. Running those in 2024 would be a huge attraction to any fan of professional wrestling.

Ospreay mentioned another name that would be a must-make match in AEW: PAC. Back in 2011, Ricochet and PAC went on a tear while in Dragon Gate, putting on some classics that still hold up more than a decade later. Getting those two back in the ring together, again that’s a match the wrestling community would stop to see.

The list doesn’t stop there. Kenny Omega, Swerve Strickland, Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli, Dante Martin, Action Andretti, and so on. There are several matches that would generate buzz around Ricochet.

It’s not like he doesn’t have any around him in WWE. He and Ilja Dragunov are coming off a Match of the Year candidate, and he’s heading toward a feud with Bron Breakker. But yes, there’s another level to Ricochet that hasn’t fully been seen in WWE. He has all the abilities to be a main event talent for the promotion, but in its stacked roster he falls behind some of the other names. Would that be the same case in AEW? That’s a tough question. That company is going through its own roster issues currently and with even less time on television than what’s available in WWE, it would be hard to see how they’d feature him on TV every week.

Still, Will Ospreay’s words carry weight when talking about his friend and former foe. Would it be interesting to see them in the ring again? Certainly, and it may happen. But that’s not the only worthwhile match he’d bring to AEW.