NJPW wrestler El Phantasmo has released an apology for referring to Will Ospreay as “The Autistic Assassin” during a promo.
Phantasmo’s comment occurred following a victory in the Super J-Cup over the weekend. The event doesn’t air on NJPW World until next month, however, so only those in attendance have heard.
ELP released an apology on Thursday saying:
“I’d like to address my actions after winning the Super J Cup this past (weekend)….
In the heat of the moment I called Will Ospreay “The Autistic Assassin” and I want to say sorry to anyone that was offended by my comment. It was uncalled for on my behalf and you deserve better. Looking back I wish I didn’t say it, I promise it wasn’t scripted, it was an unnecessary way of getting cheap [heat] and I genuinely apologize if you were hurt by my words. I’ve never been comfortable on the mic, the inexperience showed and I promise to do better going forward.”
No official word at this on whether the promo will be edited out of the broadcast.