Will Ospreay versus Konosuke Takeshita is a must-see match at AEW Revolution

Few in the industry do it better than Konosuke Takeshita and Will Ospreay and their upcoming match is a boost to AEW Revolution.
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AEW Revolution is shaping up to be an amazing show, but things hit the fan during the February 14 edition of AEW Dynamite. That sound viewers may have heard is the early warning “Match of the Year” buzzer going off as it was announced that Konosuke Takeshita will take on Will Ospreay. This is one of those matches that sells tickets, subscriptions, and everything in between. Takeshita versus Ospreay is an amazing match that puts a stake in the ground for what AEW is doing in 2024.

The story of Takeshita and Ospreay doesn’t hold much water. Don Callis wanted to find a way to get these two men on the PPV, so he slotted them to fight each other. Does the match make much sense? Absolutely not. Will it be astounding from bell to bell? Absolutely yes!

Takeshita and Ospreay are two of the best performers in the world. There shouldn’t be any debate about that. Ospreay cemented himself in that position during his run in New Japan, and Takeshita’s rise since moving over to AEW is exactly what the partnership with Japanese promotions should do. Put a spotlight on stars from other countries that North American fans may not know.

This match also lights a match under Takeshita who hit a sudden holding pattern. This is the same guy that picked up back-to-back wins over Kenny Omega, only to find himself being defeated by Chris Jericho days later. That defeat pushed him into a weird spot where he was barely being used for months. This is a match meant to continue that course correction that started with him getting a definite win over Jericho via submission. Takeshita is one that AEW should look to build the future around and putting him in an important position must be a priority.

Ospreay is coming over with a wave of momentum because AEW’s base of viewers knows who he is. They know the company is getting a guy who can put out a catalog of top matches in a year like no one else in the business. He’s destined to be a future AEW champion and this will be the first step in that direction.

Ospreay should be expected to pick up the win over Takeshita, but that loss will not do much to damage the latter’s stock. In fact, this should be the kickoff of a future angle that sees Takeshita land in a position where he’s a top contender for Ospreay as champion. These two in a long-term feud, again give it to us as a fan base.

Will Ospreay versus Konosuke Takeshita is the type of match that should excite all professional wrestling. These are two of the best to lace-up boots today and hopefully this is the start of several interactions to come over the years.