The word making the rounds is that Davey Richards issued his announcement that he was done with Ring of Honor last night after being informed he was no longer booked by ROH for the 12/14 Final Battle event. How the company intended to announce that Richards was removed I have not confirmed as of this writing, but the belief among the wrestlers I've spoken to is that he made his farewell statement on his own, not as part of a planned ROH angle.
PWInsider.com has also learned that Richards was actually unbooked (one person used the term "fired") from the last set of ROH shows in Ohio and Michigan after the company was upset about comments he made in Great Britain's Total Wrestling Magazine about the company and how the ROH titles were not as important as they were once portrayed.
Richards was able to get himself back on the dates somehow and from speaking to several ROH talents today, I am told he made it a point to claim in front of the locker room that his comments in the magazine were incorrect and taken out of context.
We have also heard that Richards had been unhappy with plans for his final appearance at the Final Battle event, which may have been a factor in ROH removing him from the show. It stands to reason that if he was in the company doghouse and looked to be leaving, they would distance themselves before having a headache when it came to his last officially scheduled date with the promotion.
From speaking to a number of people, Richards' tryout in WWE with NXT had no bearing on the situation.
Richards' partner, Eddie Edwards is still scheduled for the 12/14 Final Battle event at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
If he and Eddie do get signed by WWE sometime next year, I wonder if he'll go back to working for Gabe for a little bit.
And Davey's comments from the magazine for what it's worth:
The key quotes were, when asked if ROH changing the tag titles on three shows helped the tag team division, and he said, “Nah, those belts don’t mean nothing anymore, anyway.”
When asked about the iPPV issues, he said, “I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me. If they can’t get their crap together, that’s their problem. I just worry about showing up, doing my job in the ring, an they can do whatever they want with that stuff. It’s their deal.”
When asked about the ROH singles title, he said, “In my opinion, that title has been devalued vastly for the last few years. The booking of it has been really substandard and screwy. It helps guys get bookings when they’re holding it, but it’s kind of a death touch because you work hard to get it, and then it’s like you realize how screwy things become. And how the booking is so screwy with it, it’s just like a piece of metal, unfortunately. It has a rich history. I mean, look at the guys who have held it. Most of them have been very deserving in my opinion.”
I was wondering why ROH hadn't announced the last couple of matches for Final Battle (it was supposed to be Wolves vs. Lethal & Strong) since it's two weeks away. I guess any mix of those guys would fill like filler but especially now. I think if WWE doesn't sign them or waits a bit Davey could work a couple of shows with Gabe - I think enough time has passed so Gabe's not so angry at Davey anymore and any fresh matchups would be welcome.
Indy power rankings mentioned Ali got a job a little bit ago and probably didnt get off for the event.
This is true. Ali himself posts pics when he's on the job, looks like he works for some chem lab or something. Goggles and a lab coat, serious MsChif territory. If he missed the show to make some real people money, then I can't honestly say I blame him. He has to be one of like, maybe eight indy wrestlers who has enough smarts to have a great day job, which he puts before everything else. Can't wrestle forever.
B-Boy & Willie Mack vs. PPRay - **3/4
ACH vs. Kevin Steen - ***
Best Friends vs. AR Fox & Rich Swann - ***
Cage vs. Ciampa vs. Younger vs. Nese - ***1/2
Roderick Strong vs. Johnny Gargano - ***3/4
Young Bucks vs. Candice & Joey - ****1/4
Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly - ****
I can't wait for Gabe to resolve his issues with ROH, so the ROH fanboys can start licking his nutsack again.
If you promise a guy to book a new company (Evolve) around his arse, he says yes and then almost immediately fucks you in your arse, are you NOT going to be bitter? I don't get the 'LOLGabe' jokes, in this case, at all. LOLPWG? LOLNJPW? LOLNOAH? Davey Richards is a bag of lard. The end.
Last edited by MTheBehemoth; 12-01-2013 at 07:41 PM.