Recently on an exclusive interview with ‘The Sniper of the Skies’ Robbie Eagles here at Snap Mayors, we talked in detail about the top match in his career; challenging Will Ospreay for the IWGP Jnr Heavyweight Championship in Australian wrestling’s spiritual home; Festival Hall.
However shockingly Robbie Eagles gave us a scoop that due to a very serious injury, that match REALLY should not of happened:
“That weekend was quite… in fact thinking about it gives me PTSD.
And if you want an exclusive Andy, I’ll give you an exclusive, because I’ve never told anyone this before, apart from close friends and family, a week before I was wrestling here in Melbourne, for World Series Wrestling, and I was defending my WSW Championship against Marty Scurll, I tore my MCL that night.
I got pulled from the Sydney show the next day because I couldn’t walk. One week before this IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship match. And we had just filmed the documentary (with New Japan) that did all the lead up to this match, so the training session that’s at the end of that documentary that’s leading up to that title fight with Will Ospreay, shows me training really hard and being in real good shape, then I fly to Melbourne, then I have a great match with Marty Scurll then right at the end I heard and felt something pop in my knee.
So it was… come back to Sydney… try to get back on the WSW show, strap myself up… nah can’t do it. Get out of that, buy the most expensive knee brace possible, saw the physio basically every day I could, came back to Melbourne, saw a physio when I landed, looked myself and said “I don’t know if I can do this.”
That was my mentality going into that match, having everyone behind me, like I could feel people were literally picking me up every time I was down. And up until recently Andy, we had the longest IWGP Junior Heavyweight title match in history… 34 and something minutes… only to be top recently.
I still hang my hat on that match, and I’m so proud of everything in that match, and it was the thinnest whisker of winning that championship, but it wasn’t meant to be.“