Latest MLW signing Davey Richards sat down with All Real Wrestling Podcast to talk about his comeback to pro wrestling. Richards was asked about the lessons he learned on the way to getting back to the ring, and he said he appreciated the opportunity to fight again, something he felt he could not do the first time due to several circumstances.
“Thank you, definitely gratitude,” Richards said. “I did not appreciate the gift I had in pro wrestling, one because it happened so fast. Two, I can now see that wrestling was a drug for me because my childhood was pretty messy up. My mom was in jail for drugs and my dad was not around, and then both my grandparents died. The night I won my first title at TRW Wrestling in Abbotsford British Columbia, I was so excited to come and show my grandfather that I had won a title. It’s a little plastic title, but I won a title and he died on the way home and then when I was in Japan. When I lived in Japan for Pro Wrestling NOAH, my grandmother died. I did not fall into drinking or driving or any of that, but to numb the pain from Wes, I lived in Davey’s (the world).
“I lived his days, because when people call your name and you’re the best wrestler in the world, you do not have to feel it. There are many times that I would have fights that people remember, like my five star fights, and I would go home or just go back to the hotel and just cry myself to sleep because I hurt inside. So I had to walk away to actually tackle it and face it. And now I want to return to wrestling not because I need to, but because I want to. So that’s why I say wrestling is emotional for me. It’s very, very deep. It’s not a job first, it’s not a career first, it’s family first because it’s my last connection to my family. ”
Before he walked away from wrestling, Richards had one successful race with Impact Wrestling (then TNA and Global Force Wrestling) as part of the tag team The American Wolves with longtime partner Eddie Edwards. Richards revealed why the duo chose Impact over WWE and returned to the Ring of Honor, where the team had originally found success.
“We had an offer from both WWE and TNA / Impact,” Richards recalled. “We went down to the WWE training facility in Orlando and they were very kind to us, they were very nice. I mean, I had nothing and Eddie is very Boston and you just have to understand his family from there. He did not dig and moved to Florida and I am from Washington State; I can hardly take St. Louis.
“So Florida is like … ‘oh god, I’m going to die’ and just living down there, it would have been a little rough for us to commit to that at the time. I was also about to finish my paramedic school so I really wanted to work as a paramedic in addition to breaking up. And then TNA / Impact, they came together and they offered us a good deal. Their schedule was more conducive to both of our desires at the time, so that’s how it all started. ”
Richards and Edwards fought a fight for WWE, a test in NXT against The Ascension. Named Derrick Billington and John Cahill and called The American Pitbulls, the experience was generally mixed for Richards, who still did not exactly die for working for WWE.
“Yes, the fight did not go smoothly,” Richards said. “There was a mistake, an unanswered timing, which I happily walked away from. Our opponents felt terrible and you know it’s one of those things where it’s no fault. But the crowd was great, (it was) a really, really fun, really good atmosphere. You know backstage and out there in the ring. But I just do not think it was meant to be.
“And I always said, and that was never the intention of any disrespectful WWE, it just was not a big goal for me. I did not grow up watching it. Unfortunately, I did not see Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart. Bret has subsequently become one of my favorite wrestlers, but I just saw it not grow up. So absolutely no disrespect, but that was just never my primary goal. Therefore, it was just better for both parties that we did not work together in the future. ”
Richards was announced as the signature of MLW as part of their recent MLW Open Draft in 2021. Richards talked about what brought him back to wrestling and to MLW over other campaigns.
“You know, it’s funny because I would never be the guy who was at the end of his career, broken down, who couldn’t go any further,” Richards said. “And then I finally get the hint that I might have to go. For me, match quality is the most important thing, and if I ever got to the level (where I could not perform), I would have been really embarrassed. So I’m glad I went when I was at the top, but I just got to a point where it was just one of those things.
“When I came back, I can not name names, but I got a few different companies to reach out, and MLW was just amazing. I saw their product and the way we talked and corresponded was like ‘man this is great, this is great.’ This is what I personally think wrestling should be. It’s not turned to other companies, it’s just everyone has their own taste. And I just think I really made the right decision to sign with MLW. I can not tell you how good I have been treated and how excited I am to join them. ”
Finally, Richard discussed wrestling in front of fans again and the support he had received. He revealed that he did not expect fans to actually remember him, and is overwhelmed that they have done so.
“I was really convinced that when I stepped away, I stepped away completely,” Richards said. “And I was pretty sure people would not remember me at all or just be like ‘oh yeah that guy.’ I have to hand it in to Global Syndicate Wrestling because they are the ones who really told me I should return and we would like to book you. And I’m like ‘fighting?’ They’re like ‘yes. Are you physically capable of it? ‘And I’m like’ yes. I’m in the best shape of my life and I’m like yes, why not? ‘
“It’s bigger for me than just returning to wrestling. I can not do anything half-heartedly, especially when it comes to wrestling, because it is such an emotional connection for me. So it was like ‘okay, if we do, and someone pays to see me, they’ll get their money’s worth.’ I do not believe in things that are halfway. I just went back and then it was like I mean I do not want to lie, it blew me away. Just the love and support that is shown every day. I get several reservation offers and I was very wrong in that people thought I was forgotten. Because wow. I got a little emotional to be honest with you, so I really appreciate every bit of it, and I do not plan to let anyone down. ”
You can watch the full interview below.
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