ROH Legend Retires From Professional Wrestling

Former ROH World Champion, Davey Richards, a seasoned wrestler with a nineteen-year career, has announced his retirement from the sport amidst allegations of domestic abuse.

Richards, who competed for ROH from 2006 to 2013 and made a name for himself in the American independent wrestling scene, achieved success by capturing championships in various promotions across the United States. In 2011, he was widely regarded as one of the top active wrestlers worldwide.

Unfortunately, Richards has recently faced significant personal challenges. Allegations of domestic abuse were levied against him in March, resulting in profound mental distress. In a recent Twitter statement, Richards revealed that the impact of these allegations had even led him to contemplate suicide.

In the heartfelt message, Richards explained that he had decided to step away from wrestling to prevent anyone else in the industry from being caught in the crossfire or facing negative consequences due to their association with him.

“The past three months have been incredibly tumultuous. I went through a dark period, and at one point, I even considered taking my own life. It’s surreal to think I was in that state. A couple of bitter ex-partners went to great lengths to spread false information about me and destroy my wrestling career—a career I returned to with the sole purpose of giving back. It was a harrowing experience, and unfortunately, they succeeded.

“I could have sought revenge, but those who seek vengeance should be prepared to dig two graves. Since then, one accuser has admitted their claims were false, and as for the other—well, that burden is hers to bear. I have devoted my life to helping others through wrestling and medicine. To be accused of intentionally causing harm to others was heartbreaking. Even worse, everyone believed it. I truly wanted to spend my remaining years in wrestling giving back and sharing the vast knowledge the sport has given me. However, it seems that was not meant to be.

“But the darkest days often lead to the brightest mornings. I have recommitted myself to my medical studies, my passion for grappling, and above all, being a father. If I hold onto the bitterness and apathy caused by those who tarnished my name, then I am no better than them.

“So, I forgive them. God has blessed me with talents for wrestling and medicine—talents that no one can take away. It is my responsibility to utilize these gifts and my passion to help and serve humanity. Today, I can honestly say I am happier than I have been in a long time. I have found peace and direction in life.

“If this marks the end of my in-ring career, I am immensely grateful for every moment I spent inside that squared circle. Love me or hate me, I can say with absolute honesty that I gave you everything I had each and every time. Wrestling is good. Life is good. Love you all. Davey.”

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