For the fans of GFW Impact Wrestling, this piece of news will probably be a shock as Davey Richards was still on TV less than 2 weeks ago and will still be this week, fighting Taiji Ishimori in the first round of the Super X Cup, thanks to Impact being taped weeks before. But this July, 27 episode will probably be the last time you’ll have a chance to see Davey RIchards in a 4 or 6-sided ring as he’s retiring from wrestling.
Unlike many release or departure pieces of news, Richards happily asked for his release because at 34, he wants to fulfill his dream to become a doctor. He was already studying for that, while at the same wrestling, being a Dad and working as a Paramedic. But today he decided to make a choice, as he’s explaining in a tweet.
— 🐺 (@RichardsWesley) July 24, 2017
Richards has been in the wrestling business for more than 12 years. Whatever promotion Richards wrestled for, he became there a champion on his own or in a team. Whether it was Combat Zone Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Ring of Honor, TNA and many more.
As Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, he was one of the Superstars of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Ring of Honor from 2005 to 2013. In 2008 he formed with Eddie Edwards The American Wolves, a heavily praised and recognized stable. Together they earned 2 ROH World Tag Team Championships and 5 TNA World Tag Team Championships, after the team left ROH for TNA.
Since 2007, Richards has never stopped working as an independent for US promotions, in Germany for WxW or in Puerto Rico for WWC, touring with Pro Wrestling NOAH and Dragon Gate. In 2010, Richards was invited to take part in NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament along with ROH wrestler, Kenny Omega. In a gap of 2 years being apart of the company, he became a 2-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Rocky Romero as The No Remorse Corps.
In August 2013, Edwards and Richards took part of a WWE tryout camp for WWE and were supposed to have signed with WWE, as they debuted in NXT in November 2013 as “The American Pitbulls” Derek Billington and John Cahill in a match against NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension in a non-title match. Richards even announced that his time on the independent circuit was coming to an end the following month.
But the team emerged in January 2014 in TNA as The Wolves. They won their first Tag Team title here the following month. In only 2 years, they will become TNA World Tag Team Championships 5 times.
After being sidelined with an ACL injury for most of 2016, Richards came back in Januray to help Eddie Edwards retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Best friends turned into best enemies when Richards turned heel ans started to feud with his former partner.
They were involved in all kind of stipulation matches to end their feud, Street Fight, Last Made Standing. It culminated at Slammiversary XV where both Edwards and Richards’ wives were involved in the feud, leading to a Full Metal Mayhem (TLC) mixed tag team match between Angelina Love and Davey Richards on one side, and Eddie and Alisha Edwards on the other side.
If in 2010, Richards already stated that he planned to quit the wrestling business to concentrate on other areas of his life but later withdrew those plans, this time Richards made his ultimate good bye to the wrestling business.