Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Interview with Davey Richards of ROH, NJPW, & PWG

Best Wrestler in the World and a Man of Few Words

In Ring of Honor, Davey Richards travels from city to city and is showered with chants of "Best in the World" and "Next World Champ." He is a former ROH Tag Team Champion (one reign with Rocky Romero and one with Eddie Edwards), and he is going to receive one last world title shot against the current champion, Eddie Edwards, at ROH's next iPPV: Best in the World. Davey has had 4 previous oportunities to win the ROH World Title and they have all been excellent matches. However, Davey has never been able to win the World Title. Davey Richards has previously held the PWG Title and competes regularly in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He just recently made it to the semi-finals of the 2011 Best of the Super Juniors.

Davey Richards' official website is here: http://d-richards.net/

You can order the ROH Best in the World iPPV here: http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Wrestling/ROH__Best_in_the_World_2011/1052

All the information on Ring of Honor can be found here: www.ROHwrestling.com

For a recap of the build up to Davey vs. Eddie for the World Title, watch the following ROH Videowire starting at the 10:21 mark

The interview is after the jump:

TJ Hawke: You are currently competing in the New Japan Pro Wretsling Best of the Super Juniors Cup. While NJPW is your current promotion in Japan, you had previously worked for Pro Wrestling NOAH and the Dragon Gate Promotion. Why did you stop working for those promotions and how did you start to work for NJPW?

Davey Richards: Tiger Hattori called me and asked me to be a part of the 2010 Super Junior tournament. The choice of NJPW over NOAH and Dragon Gate was easy. NJPW is the oldest, biggest and best company in Japan hands down. I stopped working for NOAH because they don't reward hard work and Dragon Gate is not for me.

TJ: How has it been going in NJPW? From what I understand, it can be difficult for Americans to get over with the Japanese audience?

DR: It's what you make of it. I love it.

TJ: While the Japanese wrestling audience have different expectations than American audiences, how has the experience you've received from your many tours of Japan helped you in America and specifically for ROH?

DR: Your competing with some of the best wrestlers and athletes on the planet, it's hard not to get better.

TJ: ROH is your home-base in America right now, and you will be competing in the main event of one of the company's biggest iPPVs: Best in the World. How do you feel to be competing against your tag team partner, Eddie Edwards for the top prize in American wrestling, the ROH World Title?

DR: I plan making a lot of the wrong things right that night.

TJ: How have you been going about training for what you have called your last chance at winning the ROH World Title? Is it true that you live in a house with Tony Kozina and Kyle O'Reilly? Do you guys just train all day every day?

DR: Yes, I live with them. Yes, me and O'Reilly train 3 times a day 5 days a week. Morning roadwork, strength and conditioning, and lots of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

TJ: The American Wolves have obviously been one of, if not, the best tag teams in wrestling of the past five years. Do you anticipate always being in a team with Eddie even if you both focus on singles careers first?

DR: We are now and will always be the American Wolves.

TJ: Everyone has recognized your talent for a long time obviously, but you seemed to breakout as a main eventer once you and Eddie became a tag team. Looking back now, do you think that the formation of the American Wolves as the turning point of your career?

DR: Absolutely.

TJ: Much like yourself, Eddie Edwards has also blossomed into a main eventer since the formation of the Wolves. What do you think Eddie's future is going to be in this business?

DR: Sky is the limit for him. [He is] more talented that I'll ever be.

TJ: The Wolves are not just exclusive to Ring of Honor, as you guys recently had a great showing at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's DDT4 tournament. How has your 6 years of working PWG contributed to the performer you are today? Were you disappointed that your NJPW commitments forced you to vacate the PWG world title and limit your PWG dates?

DR: Yes, very disappointed. PWG gave me the platform, experience and opportunity to make a name for myself. I'm forever in debt to them.

TJ: Down the road, Do you have any interest in pursuing a career with TNA or WWE? Is it true that you have already rejected a developmental deal from WWE? Are there circumstances under which you would join?

DR: No. I'm happy where I'm at. Thanks but no thanks.

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