RADICAN'S TAKE RADICAN'S ROH DVD REVIEW SERIES: "Davey Richards: The Hunt For Glory" - Richards discusses his path to the ROH World title in-depth
Oct 10, 2012 - 3:23:06 PM
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By Sean Radican, Torch columnist
RADICAN’S ROH DVD REVIEW SERIES
DAVEY RICHARDS: THE HUNT FOR GLORY
BY SEAN RADICAN, PWTORCH COLUMNIST
“Davey Richards: The Hunt for Glory” is a new release looking at Richards’s path to the ROH World Title beginning with his feud with Tyler Black in 2010. The release is packed with a lot of excellent matches from Richards from 2010-2011, but the real hook here is his comments on each of the matches, which shed a lot of light on who he is as a person and a performer.
Richards is blunt on his feelings about a lot of the wrestlers he faced during this period. He is very candid about his feelings about Roderick Strong, Kevin Steen, and El Generico. He says although he might not like them personally, he respects them professionally.
Richards discusses how he likes to outwork his opponents in the ring, especially from a cardiovascular standpoint, which is a theme that runs through many of the matches and feuds showcased on this release.
Richards talks about his match with Black at “Death Before Dishonor IX in Toronto and it was interesting to hear him discuss what was going on his personal life during this period and how it translated in the ring for Richards. Richards said as a performer, what people see when he is in the ring is very real.
During this period, Richards had split with his wife and in the ring; he became very reckless because it was a miserable period for him. Richards talks about not being able to enjoy the match in Toronto because of what was going on is his personal life. Richards said he was able to enjoy his match with Black that aired on HDNet #70 a lot more because his personal life was more stable.
Richards talks about his ROH World Title shot against Roderick Strong at Final Battle 2010. He says originally, he was going to leave wrestling and become a fireman, but after splitting with his wife, he was all in when it came to working for ROH. Richards details how he was originally supposed to win the title at Final Battle 2010 when Adam Pearce was booker, but Cornette changed the plans and decided to eventually move the title to Eddie Edwards.
Another factor in play here was according to Richards, Strong didn’t want to drop the title to him because Richards had originally planned to leave wrestling. Richards’s comments on this period are interesting because the company took so long to put the title on him when fans clearly wanted to see him win it and looking back at the way things played out, Richards winning the title didn’t do any favors for his tag partner, Eddie Edwards.
Richards has a clear philosophy about wrestling and as he goes through the various matches he’s had, especially some of the bigger ones against Strong at “Final Battle 2010” and Edwards at “Best in the World 2011,” it brings about the question as to whether or not Richards tries to do too much in the ring given that he suffered a concussion wrestling Strong and was knocked out during his match with Edwards.
The second half of the release focuses heavily on the build to Edwards defending the ROH World Title against Richards at “Best in the World 2011.” ROH did a good job of mixing in a lot of clips from the build to Edwards-Richards at “Best in the World” Where Richards won the ROH World Title.
Richards talks about his storyline with Edwards leading into “Best in the World 2011” being very real because Edwards was in his shadow even though Richards didn’t feel it should be that way. It makes you wonder why ROH creative decided to have Edwards drop the title given the nature of their feud and how Edwards has floundered on the mid-card in 2012 after finishing up his long program with Richards.
Richards gives some fascinating insight into what his contract situation was leading into the “Best in the World 2011” iPPV. He says D-Lo Brown called from TNA and offered him and Edwards contracts, but ultimately they decided to stay with ROH. Richards said if he and Eddie had signed with TNA before the PPV it would have killed ROH.
This is a great release. One thing ROH could do to really enhance their “best of” releases is use more graphics to dress up the interviews, as Richards is simply shown talking in a chair backstage. Other than that, it’s hard to find any flaws here. Richards gives a lot of insight into all of the matches on the release and there are so many great little stories he tells about what was going on between him and his opponent during a particular match. If you want to learn more about Richards and who is as a person and performer, this release is well worth going out of you way to see.
You can purchase this release at ROHWrestling.com
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