Davey Richards Says MLW Felt like the Organic Choice

Posted By James Walsh on 09/22/21

In an interview with PWInsider, Davey Richards spoke about his decision to sign with MLW, which wrestlers he wants to work with and if he wants to take part in Azteca Underground. Here are highlights:

On deciding to sign with the promotion: ďIt was a very organic fit, their way of mine with my way of thinking, how wrestling should be presented, which is, you know, everyone knows me, I think a blessing as a sport first and foremost. So theyíre very in line with that. So Iím able to, it was meant to be.Ē

On the Opera Cup: ďI think that speaks very highly of [MLW] honoring tradition wrestling. Itís stacked to say the least. So the cool thing about it is any person could win that tournament and no one will be surprised like there is no underdog and, uh, yeah, of course itís really not giving me an easy time and Iím definitely earning my paycheck. I got Tom Lawler the first round. So Iíll be, Iíll be a little sore after that one, but I look forward to it. Tomís an excellent competitor. And I look forward to the challenge. Iím very familiar. Iíve actually seen a lot of Tomís stuff and yeah, we are very, very similar. You know, me and him were compared to each other in the last I checked him out. He is an excellent athlete. It may be the only wrestler uglier than me. So we match on multiple levels.Ē

On talents he wants to work with in MLW: ďI just, I donít know who, I mean, everyone, I mean, honestly, thatís a cop out answer, but itís the true answer, you know, like, do I want to get a ring with Jacob Fatu? Absolutely! Alex Hammerstone? Absolutely! Myron Reed to Tajiri to Alex, Shelley, TJP, Richard Holliday. I mean, thereís all these greats and I want to get a tag partner and go get in the ring with the Von Erichs. So thereís always just absolutely incredible talents there, from all walks of life, all styles and thatís how you become the best, putting yourself in all these unfamiliar waters and seeing if you sink or swim.Ē

On his Desire to wrestle Tajiri: ďAbsolutely. Yeah. My style, no surprise, has been very influenced by Japanese wrestling. Iíd love to go back to Japan. So, to test myself against anyone, you know, whoís obviously well versed in that style, especially Tajiri, who has been so influential, that would be an absolute honor.Ē

On his Interest in sliding over to the Azteca Underground side of MLW: ďThose guys are too good. I donít know how I, you know, Iíve got to be hones. Iím, Iím a technical wrestler. Iím a striker and Iím a submission guy. Lucha is like origami to me. Those guys are talented. Theyíre so talented. I graduated with a degree in biological science top of my class, you know, Iíve done all this crazy stuff. I get submission wrestling. Yet, still, to this day, I have no clue how they fricking do what they do, man. Itís like calculus to me. So, I donít know how well I would do there. Iím definitely open for the challenge, but man, I bet they could make me look foolish really quick, but those guys deserve all the respect in the world because man, that stuff is not easy, man. I mean, just the time in balance and agility. Oh man, itís great to watch, but, I donít know how good old DR would do in that environment.Ē