Davey Richards “Cancels Himself” Amid Disturbing Allegations
For the best part of two decades, Davey Richards has been a part of the wrestling world but now his time in the ring appears to have come to an end after several promotions began cutting ties with him.
Davey Richards is probably best remembered for his run in Ring of Honor which saw him capture the ROH World Championship from Eddie Edwards in June 2011. Richards held that title for eleven months before losing to Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens) at Border Wars in May 2012.
Richards also held the ROH Tag Team Championship several times with Eddie Edwards as The American Wolves before both men became simply The Wolves in TNA/IMPACT Wrestling where they won the tag team championship in that promotion on five occasions.
Now Davey Richards appears to be stepping away from the ring after different unconfirmed allegations of domestic abuse began to be levelled against him leading several companies to cut ties with him. Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful that at least one of the companies had cut ties with Richards due to a violation of their code of conduct.
Richards has now given his statement to PWInsider where he has denied the allegations but announced that he is planning to retire:
“Hello everyone –
Wow, what a couple of days.
There are allegations of Domestic Violence against me.
The allegations I adamantly deny and if you look on casenet in MO under my name Wesley David Richards you’ll see there are no charges filed against me.
However, I do understand the industry’s stance on this matter.
Everyone should feel safe at shows and I do not want to be the person whom damages that.
The pic being posted of my wife’s eye is from training and we regulatory train in martial arts as many of the students have have got black eyes and such.
Again, no charges were filed and I deny these allegations but I must do what is right and not what I want.
So I am canceling myself.
This great sport is far too wonderful for anyone, including myself to tarnish it.
I will wrap up my shows this weekend and I will be retiring from professional wrestling.
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