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ROH News: Davey Richards Blogs On His Love of Professional Wrestling

Davey Richards is my favorite professional wrestler on the planet.

That’s a bold statement to make but behind him lies the likes of Kevin Steen, Tommaso Ciampa, Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan, or as I still like to know him as Bryan Danielson. The reason I like Davey Richards so much is because of his dedication to professional wrestling and even more-so, his dedication to himself as a professional wrestler.

Davey wrote the following blog on being a pro-wrestler, and I feel it deserves attention:

I love wrestling. A genuine, innate love that I’ve had since I was 10 years old. That love has never waned, it’s only grown as I’ve aged. The premise of using your mind and body to pin, submit, and control another trained person who wants to do the same to you has always fascinated me.

A guy makes a lot of money right now calling himself the best in the world. He is very talented and sells many t shirts with this slogan. My hats off to him.

Another guy who used to compete here had fans the world round chanting best in the world at him. He was and is a huge inspiration to me, but myself, I never looked to make it a slogan or even have people chant it at me.

It’s been in my heart since I first stepped onto a mat 20 years ago- I want to BE the best wrestler in the world. It’s driven me, consumed me, even haunted me At times. It drove me to go live in Japan months after getting married. Find out while in Japan that my grandma had died, flew home to the funeral, and flew right back to Japan to continue to progress as a wrestler. No time to mourn- I had to get better.

It drove me to leave the farm, drive across the country with no money, no job, no home to learn professional wrestling.

I’m that guy. Ask the ROH wrestlers, they’ll tell you I’m that guy whose always late to the shows because I found a gym or dojo some where to train before the show. Barely making flights because I had to get that last sparring session in. I’m that guy- obsessed with this great sport.

Catch wrestling- the king of grappling arts has eluded me for far too long. I remember when Bryan Danielson and I lived together and he would talk about it, his training in it and it fascinated me.

Working for NJPW I would pick Minoru Suzuki’s brain and he would pick me part teaching me this great sport.

Anytime I saw Josh Barnett, William Regal or Billy Robinson I’d have a million questions about catch. All these conversations and training sessions led back to one place- the Snake Pit in Wigan, England. The birth place of catch, where the toughest wrestlers ever were moulded, where the term professional wrestler is earned. The most brutal and unforgiving gym in the world.

So here I am again. Freshly engaged and instead of being home with my fiancé I am on a plane to England to train in the Snake Pit. She is upset, sad her husband to be is leaving her. But she sees the gleam in my eye when I watch catch videos on their internet. She knows my drive to be the best. I will be the best wrestler in the world. Not to make money off the slogan or be told that by fans, but because it is in my blood. It is within me. I am a professional wrestler until the day I die, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Davey Richards

I could add more to this entry, but to be honest, nothing more needs to be said.

About Jason Patrick

Jason Patrick is an Irish Journalism student, the current head administrator for WrestleEnigma.com and a writer for PWPonderings.com and ROHWorld.com. Jason has conducted interviews with the likes of Adam Cole, KENTA, Harry Smith, Mike Bennett, Bobby Fish, Davey Richards and many others, he can be followed @JasonPatrickWE where you can ask him anything at all and get a response.
  • Logan Randall

    I enjoy Davey Richard’s work, and that blog really showed how much he loves professional wrestling. Then again, there are a lot of guys who love pro wrestling and have blogged about it, but I digress.

    It was an interesting read, and it made me respect Davey even more.

  • Christopher Langford

    I still can’t believe I met him and honestly his love for wrestling stood out, his match was over and he came back out and sat with fans to watch the last 2 matches on the card, he went to the back briefly after Elgin’s match but came back out to watch the brutal main event. He’s one of my favorites.

  • Brett Chandler

    At first, I loathed Davey Richards and thought he was a huge douchebag. Apparently, other people did too. From what I’ve collected over these past few months is that he was taking himself too seriously at first and not allowing any comedic quirks to his matches or overall presentation. However, that seems to have changed drastically (ex: American Wolves vs. Forever Hooligans at Death Before Dishonor XI).

    I am glad that Davey loves wrestling, because pro wrestling needs more guys like him who are just willing to go out whenever and learn more even when they are already considered one of the best wrestlers on the planet.

  • Jacob Stachowiak

    Loves wrestling so much he became a paramedic in case he accidentally wrestled someone to death.