Former IMPACT Wrestling and current MLW Star Davey Richards recently appeared on an episode of Vickie Guerrero’s “Excuse Me” podcast, where he revealed that he was offered a contract by the WWE for three times and AEW offered him a contract as well, but he turned both companies down as he is a father and being on the road that much is difficult for him and he also hates wrestling on TV as that is not his style.
Davey Richards also said he would like to be able to tell stories and wrestle in 15-minute matches on a regular basis, which he feels he wouldn’t be able to do in bigger companies such as AEW and the WWE and the independents are now being recognized prominently by the bigger companies and it would not be surprising anymore to see any top independent wrestler just show up on television. Richards also said in companies like MLW, which is more of his style, he is given a lot of creative control.
This is what Davey Richards said:
“I’ve been offered a WWE contract three times now, AEW reached out too. I’m a father, so being on the road that much is difficult for me, plus for me, I found out in my time in IMPACT which was great, they treated me very well, but I hate TV wrestling. What I mean by that is I hate wrestling five minutes, I don’t like wrestling less than 15 minutes, it’s just not me, it’s not my style, it’s nothing wrong with people who do it and do it very well, obviously that’s where the money is, all the respect in the world, that’s just not me.”
“I like to get in there and tell stories and things like that and to do that, you can’t really go to a big company and be like, I’m here to wrestle 15 minutes every night, sounds good, see you later. Now, more than ever, there is not that line between the big time and the indies, GCW just sold out the Hammerstein in record time. The independents are recognized prominently by the bigger promotions and that line is blurred, it’s not surprising anymore to see your favorite independent wrestler just show up on television.”
“It’s more my style and enjoyment, with MLW, I’m given a lot of creative control to just go out there and wrestle for 15 to 20 minutes.”