TNA’s Davey Richards on Lockdown, Dying in Japan and Squid Jerky

richardstnaTNA Wrestling’s Davey Richards talks about this Sunday’s Lockdown PPV where he will be a part of Tean MVP with Eddie Edwards, MVP and Jeff Hardy against Team Dixie which includes Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and the BroMans in a Lethal Lockdown cage match, what the last few months have been like for him, why TNA Wrestling was the place for him and Edwards right now, his tryout with the WWE and why they didn’t end up there, his nasty breakup from Ring of Honor, why he is forever tied to Japan and thinks he will die there, coming close to retiring, the perception from some that he is a jerk, stay in shape on the road eating squid jerky and more.

You can read the entire interview at The Orlando Sentinel.  Follow Davey on Twitter @RichardsWesley, on his Facebook page at Facebook.com/daveyrichardsTNA and on his Instagram at Instagram.com/richardswesley.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results From February 6, 2014

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Impact Wrestling
February 6, 2014
Glasgow, Scotland

The American Wolves and The Investor MVP was shown backstage walking to the start Impact.

1.) Monster Ball Match~ Eric Young vs. Abyss

Eric Young and Abyss start brawling in the backstage area. Eric Young gets the early advantage with banging Abyss head on the table and starts dragging the monster to the entrance ramp. Abyss starts landing a bunch of rights to Eric Young. Young gets back up with a pipe in his hand and starts hammering Abyss with it. Abyss hits a back body drop on Eric Young.

Abyss brings out a table and he tries to slam EY. Young countered and ran back into the ring and landed a suicide dive to the monster abyss. Abyss gets back up and slams Eric Young’s head across the ring apron. He gets back into the ring and grabs a steel chair. Abyss places the chair on Eric Youngs chest. Abyss trys to land a big splash on Young, but Young countered. Abyss hits a chokeslam on Eric Young and Young kicks out at 2.

Abyss goes under the ring and grabs a bag filled with thumb tacks. Abyss positioned Young on the top rope. Young goes over the top and power bombs Abyss to the thumb tacks, but Abyss kicks out at 2. Eric Young goes on the top, but Abyss punch sends Young through the table at ringside. Abyss sends Young back into the ring and goes under the ring to grab his signature weapon, Janice. Young grabs Abyss facemask and it comes off. Abyss hits Young with a vicious Black Hole Slam to pick up the victory.

After the match Abyss grabs a piece of glass and looks at it with a dazed look on his face.

Winner: Abyss

Dixie Carter was shown backstage with Bobby Roode who tells Carter that she needs to sign the contract to let him face Magnus for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Carter says that she has alot on her hands and she just can’t give Roode the title shot at this prior moment. She says Roode will have to face Samoa Joe tonight to determine the number 1 contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.R oode leaves the room and says this decision is going to bite her in the ass in the future.

In Ring Segment: MVP comes out and grabs a sign from the audience which says “I’m the new investor.” MVP tells the fans what he has been up to for the last three years. MVP says that their needs to be a change. MVP says he loves professional wrestling and he says he doesn’t want to see this business be run downed. He says the days of the owners disregarding the fans and mismanaging the talents is over.

MVP was going to mentions what his agenda in TNA was going to be, but he was interrupted by Rockstar Spud. Spud says would it be fair if MVP introduces himself to Dixie Carter. MVP tells Rockstar Spud to watch his step and please inform Dixie that MVP scheduled a match for tonight pinning  the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus against Kurt Angle.

Bully Ray was shown backstage doing his own interpretation of the I live through valley and the shadow of death metaphor. Bully Ray says he will put Mr. Anderson in the coffin during their Casket Match next week. He also says the next person he sees he will put them in a coffin.

2.) Curry Man vs. TBA

Bully Ray comes out and grabs a mic tells Curry Man he is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Man trying to fire up the Scotland and starts charging towards Ray, but Bully lands a big boot that drops Curry Man. Ray pickups CMan and gives him a piledriver. Ray puts Curry Man in the coffin and then says “Mr. Anderson I will end your career next week.”

Dixie Carter was shown backstage with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus who tries to get out of the match with Kurt Angle tonight. Carter mentions its a non-title match so he will be fine. Ethan Carter III comes in and Dixie tells him she doesn’t have time for him right now because MVP is about to come in and talk to her, but she said that she will make time for her nephew next week.

In Ring Segment: TNA X Division Champion Austin Aries comes down to the ring. Aries says he is the greatest man that ever lived and the greatest X Division Champion of all time. Aries states that he will use his option C to get another chance at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The Bro Mans come out and distract Aries as DJ Zema Ion comes from behind and attacks Austin Aries. Zema Ion says he cashing in his Feast of Fired contract for a chance at the X Division Championship.

3.) TNA X Division Championship Match Zema Ion continues on the attack on Austin Aries and hits a DDT, but Aries kicks out at 2. Ion goes on the top rope to hit a moonsault, but Aries ducks out of the way. Austin Aries hits the Brian Buster on Zema Ion to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion Autin Aries

Back from commercial break Dixie Carter welcomes MVP to her office. Dixie Carter says she made TNA into a global entertainment empire. She starts throwing jabs at MVP for setting up the match between Magnus and Kurt Angle without her permission. She told MVP she will handle this situation with him in the ring later on tonight.

4.) Magnus vs. Kurt Angle

A very short match as Ethan Carter came down to the ring and attack Angle behind his knee. He seemed to be in very bad shape and referee Brain Hebner was giving the “X” sign to signal the doctors to come in the ring and to help Angle back to the locker room. Ethan Carter was outside having a big smirk on his face as he was staring at the EMT’s.

Winner: Kurt Angle by DQ

A highlight package of the break up between Chris Sabin and Velvet Sky was shown. Sabin was shown backstage inside the room where had their first kiss. Sabin he gets down on his knee and “proposes” to Velvet. She get’s emotional and open the box and nothing was in the box.Sabin says he is done with her.

5.) Number 1 Contendership Match~ Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode

Roode sends Joe outside early on and follows with a neckbreaker for a near fall, then he chops Joe but Joe chops him back and charges him in the corner. Roode kicks him in the face and takes him down with a snapmare, then Joe fights out of a headlock and hits an atomic drop. Joe misses a backsplash but also avoids a kneedrop, then he hits Roode a few times before walking into a spinebuster.

Roode taunts the crowd but Joe responds with a quick powerslam. Joe sets up a Muscle Buster but Roode blocks it and hits a clothesline to the back of the head. Joe counters a Roode Bomb and calls for the Coquina Clutch, then Roode shoves him in the corner and goes for a running clothesline. Joe catches him and hits a Uranage slam, then he connects with a Muscle Buster and makes Roode tap out to the Coquina Clutch.

Winner: Samoa Joe

In Ring Segmet: Dixie Carter and MVP Summit

Dixie Carter and MVP come to the ring for their ‘summit’. Dixie puts Magnus over as being a champion with dignity, and says they should stick together. Dixie talks about what a great job she’s done so far and wants to talk about new ideas, but MVP stops her and says she has some ideas of his own. MVP says he’s discovered they only agree to disagree, and her mismanagement has nearly crippled this company by making it an uneven playing field. He says he won’t stand idly and her reign of terror is over, so he will take any action to show her that the party is over.

JPOV: Lackluster show in my opinion. Too much Dixie Carter on the screen and too many in ring promos tonight. I enjoy the Monster Ball Match with Eric Young and Abyss. This MVP investor is not going to work in my opinion. There so much potential with this company with the roster they have. The focus is on WWE mid carders that got fired and if they expect that they are going to bring in revenue, its not going to happen.

Josh’s Grade for IMPACT: 6/10

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Davey Richards And Eddie Edwards Are Backstage At TNA Impact And Will Debut Tonight

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What could turn out to be WWE’s loss and TNA’s gain starts tonight. ProWrestling.net is reporting that former Ring of Honor stars Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards are backstage at Impact and will debut on tonight’s show.

The duo had appeared at the WWE NXT tapings in November, but the company decided they weren’t going to bring them in. Rumors had run rampant that TNA would sign them and President Dixie Carter basically confirmed the news on Twitter yesterday.

Carter then sent out a tweet a short time ago referring to Edwards and Richards.

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TNA is having their “Genesis” show tonight in Huntsville, Alabama and starts on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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Davey Richards On Why He Was Pulled From His Final Ring Of Honor Appearance

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Last week former Ring of Honor star Davey Richards made his debut in the WWE when teamed with his tag team partner in ROH Eddie Edwards at the NXT tapings. Richards put on his Facebook page over the weekend, that the company pulled him from his scheduled final appearance with the company at Final Battle on December 14.

Richards then released a statement to PWInsider.com on what led to the ROH pulling him from the show and his candid thoughts on the company.

“I guess I could be pretty upset about ROH pulling my farewell match.

A company I’ve given literally everything in my body for time and time again, driven crazy amounts of hours to save the company money on flights, worked for reduced payoffs when the houses were down, etc.

It’s wild man, it’s such a different place now than when I started- not saying better of worse- just different.

So here we are at the end of the road. I gotta be honest though it’s pretty crappy to me and the fans to not get a farewell match I really can’t be anything but thankful for my time spent in that ring.

Truth is, ROH fans have been the only family I’ve had for the past 6 years.

What you saw is what you got with me. For better or for worse I bore my soul to you all. You All were there during the worst days when my grandparents died unexpectantly, my divorce, my home being taken. You didn’t even know it but you all saved me. That ring was my therapy.

Sometimes people have good days, sometimes very bad ones, sometimes they do things they’re very proud of, sometime they make mistakes and do things they’re regretful of. No one’s perfect and I’ve been though all of those moments right in front of the ROH fanbase.

I recovered, grew, learned, matured in that ring. I want so bad to kiss it goodbye because it was the only familiar thing I knew for so long.

But I can walk away. I’m ok. If for no other reason that I know is from day one to my last match I gave you all 100% of everything I had in my body and heart. You always hear people say, ” leave it all in the ring”. Well I can honestly say I did that. So in that I have closure.

Whether you like me or hate me I’ve always been honest ( often times perhaps too honest). But that’s me. I don’t believe in lying to people I consider family- and like it or not I considered y’all family.

ROH wanted to tell you all I was injured for Final Battle. Yes my neck is banged up, but I could have been there and wrestled by then. I didn’t want y’all being fed lies so I took the Initiative to tell you the truth.

I don’t wanna slander anyone or speak badly of anyone.

Instead of thinking about this situation I’d rather think that I got to see one of my best friends go from an illegal immigrant barely getting on a preshow to a main eventer, I got to see a guy everyone wondered why I chose to tag with become far better than I’ll ever be, I got to share the ring with the guys I looked up to starting out, I got to see the new crop of amazing athletes come into they’re own.

“I got to find a reason to live when I had none.

You all gave me so many good time and great memories ( hello Colt:) ) that I can only hope I gave you all some.

There was an aura, a surreal felling that company once had that I hope they find again.

ROH is about heart. I hope they find theirs again.

Please continue to watch them, support them, go to the shows because the guys in that locker room and in that ring have more desire, heart, and dedication than can be measured.

Thank you all for everything, hope to see you all somewhere else down the road. But if not, you all meant the world me and I am forever in debt. Wesley Richards”.

Edwards is still scheduled to appear at Final Battle.

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