Davey Richards is a man that has helped put Ring of Honor on the map and is a name that has become synonymous with what ROH is all about. We were lucky enough to grab a few words with Davey who took time out of his busy schedule to quickly chat with us.
Richards is best known for his appearances in ROH and NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling) but has travelled all around the globe, we asked him what three words made Ring of Honor different from every other wrestling promotion. “Passion. Sincerity. Emotion.”
As many of you will know, Richards was scheduled to retire from Pro Wrestling at ‘Final Battle 2010’. Richards changed his mind however and decided to continue his career, the two things that sparked this decision? “Divorce and death.”
Richards came so close to winning the World Title last year with his battle against Tyler Black at ‘Death Before Dishonor VIII’ being a good example. Was it hard for Davey to pick himself up after falling at the final hurdle? “At first yes, but I soon came to realize that it’s not the end result that defines me, but the path in which I take to get there.”
ROH fans often make their feelings known and one of the most infamous examples is the ‘Next World Champ’ chants that they direct towards the man they think will wear the gold next. Richards received these chants for most of 2010, did these chants put pressure on Davey? “It has, but I’ve realized I’m not the best in the world and never will be. I don’t want to be either, because that means the journey is done.”
After losing his title match at ‘Death Before Dishonor VIII’, Davey took some time away from the title picture so that he could sharpen up his offense and come back better than ever. Does he think he now has what it takes to go that one step further? “I believe so, I’ve indulged myself in training to be prepared. The only thing left is for me to use my skills.”
The man that stands between Richards and the ROH World Title is Eddie Edwards. Edwards and Richards have been crossing paths a lot for the past couple of months and at ‘Supercard of Honor VI’, Edwards said that he wouldn’t wrestle another match until he fought Davey. Richards summarised his feelings on his American Wolves partner by saying “He’s the best there is right now. So proud.”
It’s widely recognised that the man who holds the ROH World Championship can rightly call themselves the best in the world. It’s clear that Davey doesn’t think he is the best but does he have any jealousy at all towards Edwards for his success? “Not at all, I couldn’t be more happy for him. He deserves every bit of the recognition he’s getting.” It seems as if both men still respect each other despite the tension and when asked if the inevitable match between the pair will signify the end of the American Wolves, Davey answered with an emphatic:“Never.”
As mentioned before, Davey has travelled the world but is mostly known for his work in ROH and NJPW. During his trips, he must have faced off against hundreds of different men but who are the two toughest men he has been in the ring with? “Prince Devitt in NJPW and Roderick Strong in ROH.”
Last weekend included the massive announcement that ROH had been sold to Sinclair Broadcasting Group and the entire roster were notified in a meeting on Saturday afternoon. Even though this is massive news for the future of ROH, Davey seems intent on focusing on his in-ring work. “I actually fell asleep during the meeting to announce it to the locker room. I remember thinking I just wanted to go train and leave all the numbers stuff to the office people.”
Richards has been competing in Ring of Honor since 2006 and has put on some of the most memorable matches in ROH history. It speaks volumes of the man that when asked about what he wanted to achieve in the future in ROH, he answered: “To wrestle with complete sincerity.”And a message for the Ring of Honor fans? “Thank you, you inspire me.”
We’d like to thank Davey again for using some of his spare time to chat with us. You can check out his official website here: http://d-richards.net/.