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Tale of the Tape: Davey Richards
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 @ 05:13pm EST


Earlier this week, CZWrestling.com was made aware that Davey Richards would be accepting the open challenge of MASADA THIS SATURDAY at Night of Infamy.  The response over this announcement on social media has been great.  But we realize that some may not know the name Davey Richards, as shocking as that may be to some.  CZWrestling.com has gone out and done some research on the man known as “The American Wolf.”

Richards is a world traveled athlete competing for various promotions.  He has primarily competed on the West Coast of the United States, however has seen success in the East as well as in Japan.  But amongst his travels he has won World Championship gold.  In fact, Richards is a four time World Champion as well as a five time World Tag Team Champion. Richards has won several tournaments that highlight the top performers of the region.
 
Richards in recent years has been most known for his tag team with fellow standout Eddie Edwards known as The American Wolves.  Much of his notoriety came from his work with Edwards.  Once that tag team ran its course, Richards quickly made a name for himself without his partner.
 
Continuing on with his quest to become the most successful competitor in all of professional wrestling he comes to the Combat Zone to challenge the man who is considered unbeatable…  MASADA.  Although it has been said time and time again, this truly is MASADA’s biggest challenge and quiet possibly somewhat personal.  The places where Richards is highly regarded, MASADA is seen as a nobody.  Where Richards comes from, MASADA’s style of wrestling is looked down upon.  In the grand scheme of things, MASADA hasn’t competed with men the like of Davey Richards.  As you will see, Richards is very different from the Ryuji Itos and Necro Butchers of the world.  Richards is most definitely the real deal.  And it is MASADA’s chance to not only defend his CZW World Championship, but to defend the HONOR of the Combat Zone as the premiere promotion in the entire world!
 
CZWrestling.com’s Tale of the Tape:
 
Name:  Davey Richards
Nickname(s):  The American Wolf
Height:  5 ft 8 in
Weight:  208 lbs
Born:  March 1, 1983 (age 29)
From:  Othello, Washington
Trained by:  Tony Kozina and Paul Orndorff
Debut:  June, 2004

Finishing moves:  14:59 (Keylock), Cloverleaf, Crucifix armbar, DR Driver / Tiger Driver '98 (Double underhook piledriver, sometimes from the second rope), DR Driver II (Double underhook brainbuster), Folding powerbomb, Kimura with neckscissors, Sharpshooter, and the Shooting star press
 
Signature moves:  Alarm Clock / Go 2 Sleep II / Hammer of the Gods (Pop-up lifting kick to the opponent's midsection), Ankle lock, Backbreaker, Body slam, Diving leg drop, Double knee backbreaker, Fireman's carry gutbuster, Multiple kick variations, Multiple suplex variations, Running elbow smash to a cornered opponent, Running powerslam, Running sitout powerbomb, Snap DDT, STO, and the Suicide dive

Championships:
AWA Washington
AWA Washington Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Tony Kozina
 
East Coast Wrestling Association
Super 8 Tournament (2006)
 
Full Impact Pro
FIP World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
Futureshock Wrestling
Futureshock Championship (1 time, current)
 
New Japan Pro Wrestling
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Rocky Romero
 
Pro Wrestling Prestige
PWP Tag Team Championship (1 time)- with Kyle O'Reilly
 
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
PWG World Championship (1 time)
PWG World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – Super Dragon (2) and Roderick Strong (1)
Battle of Los Angeles (2006)
 
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
PWI ranked him #7 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2012
 
Ring of Honor
ROH World Championship (1 time)
ROH World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Rocky Romero (1) and Eddie Edwards
 
SoCal Uncensored
Match of the Year (2006) with Super Dragon vs. Roderick Strong and Jack Evans, March 4, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
 
Squared Circle Wrestling
2CW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Eddie Edwards
 
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
5 Star Match (2012) vs. Michael Elgin on March 31
Most Outstanding Wrestler (2011)
Tag Team of the Year (2009) with Eddie Edwards
Wrestler of the Year (2007)
   
STHLM Wrestling
STHLM Wrestling Championship (1 time, current)
   
Union Pro
DDT Extreme Division Championship (1 time)
   
Westside Xtreme Wrestling
wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship (1 time)
16 Carat Gold Tournament (2012)
   
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Feud of the Year (2010) vs. Kevin Steen

Be there on THIS SATURDAY as Davey Richards enters Combat Zone to challenge the Ultraviolent Beast!  You can now visit the CZW Pro Shop to purchase your tickets for this HUGE World Championship Match. As always, to join in the conversation of all things related to the Combat Zone by  "Liking" CZW on Facebook and/or Following CZW on Twitter @combatzone #CZW.




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