Davey Richards Biography

Davey Richards is currently under contract with Ring of Honor, where he is a former ROH World Champion, but also wrestles for several companies on the independent circuit, including Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). Aside from his work in the United States, Richards has also worked internationally, most notably in Pro Wrestling Noah, through ROH's involvement in the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance, a global organization of cooperative promotions that allow their competitors to travel abroad to other companies, and currently New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is currently one half of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions with Rocky Romero.

Richards is a four-time World Champion, having won the ROH and PWG World Championships once and the Full Impact Pro (FIP) World Heavyweight Championship twice, and a five-time World Tag Team Champion, having won the PWG World Tag Team Championship three times in PWG (with Super Dragon twice and Roderick Strong once), as well as winning the ROH Tag Team Championship twice (once with Rocky Romero and Eddie Edwards respectively). Richards was the winner of several tournaments that highlight the top performers of the region: East Coast Wrestling Association's (ECWA) Super 8 Tournament in 2006 and PWG's Battle of Los Angeles in the same year.

Prior to entering the world of professional wrestling, Richards was an accomplished amateur wrestler in high school, as well as learning Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Richards began training in 2004 with Tony Kozina before making his debut in June of the same year in the Washington-based company, Pro Wrestling War against a wrestler named Mr. Sexy.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2005–present)

In April 2005, he began wrestling for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) in California; he debuted in an eight-man tag match for the first All Star Weekend. Richards then began to work more extensively in tag team matches with his new partner, Super Dragon; the two managed to win the PWG World Tag Team Championship from El Generico and Tornado, which led to a seven-month reign, defeating a variety of teams. Richards entered singles competition to win the company's annual Battle of Los Angeles tournament.

Richards went back to tag team competition to win the tag championship for a second time with Strong. Richards spent his time with PWG in a number of singles matches until the fall of 2007 at European Vacation II, he and Dragon reunited to defeat rivals Kevin Steen and El Generico.

Richards defeated Kenny Omega on February 27, 2010 at As the Worm Turns to win the PWG World Championship for the first time.

Ring of Honor (2006-present)

On June 3, 2006, Richards made his debut with Ring of Honor (ROH) at Destiny by defeating Jimmy Rave.

Soon after, Richards was chosen as the American protégé of KENTA, a junior heavyweight from the Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah, who was on loan to the company as part of the talent exchange agreement between the two, the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance.

In early 2007, Richards helped Roderick Strong turn on Strong's former Generation Next partner Austin Aries. Together, Richards and Strong formed the No Remorse Corps, a contingency out to hinder Aries in endeavors; the pair was later joined by Rocky Romero.

In early 2008, Richards and Romero won the ROH World Tag Team Championship from The Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black).

The American Wolves (2008–present)

It was announced by Sweeney on the ROH Newswire that he would team up Richards and Eddie Edwards to create The American Wolves.

On April 10 at a television taping of Ring of Honor Wrestling, The American Wolves were able to capture the World Tag Team Titles from Steen and Generico in a Tables are Legal match. At Tag Title Classic, the Wolves took on the team of Bryan Danielson and Tyler Black. The match ended in 45-minute time-limit draw, the first time in ROH history that a World Tag Team Championship match had ended in a time-limit draw.

In September 2009, Richards defeated Bryan Danielson in Danielson's penultimate match. The next night, at Glory By Honor VIII: The Final Countdown in New York, NY, Richards and Edwards retained the titles against Steen and Generico in Ladder War II.

On June 26, 2011, at Best in the World 2011, Richards defeated his own tag team partner Eddie Edwards to win the ROH World Championship for the first time.

Other promotions

Richards has also done extensive tours of Japan, debuting in 2007 with Pro Wrestling Noah. He made a tour of the company again the following summer, competing in tag team matches.

On April 8, 2006, Richards won the ECWA Super 8 Tournament after defeating Scott Lost, Milano Collection A.T., and Charlie Haas. After winning this tournament, Richards began competing in many different organizations, including NWA Anarchy, Ring of Honor and ROH's sister promotion Full Impact Pro (FIP). On May 2, 2009 Richards defeated Tyler Black via forfeit for the FIP World Heavyweight Championship, his first singles title.

He would win the title for a second time at DGUSA Fearless.

In 2010 Richards was invited to take part in New Japan Pro Wrestling's Best of the Super Juniors tournament.

After the tournament Richards has begun working regularly for New Japan Pro Wrestling, joining the promotion's top stable CHAOS. On October 10, 2011, Richards and Romero defeated Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time.

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