Davey Richards, just days after pulling out of a Pro Wrestling NOAH tour, announced on Facebook that he was leaving ROH just two weeks before he was scheduled to finish up at Final Battle.
"With a heavy heart, I can announce I announce that myself and ROH have parted ways for good and I will not be at Final Battle. Please continue to support them and the incredible talent they have, Thanks for the memories. It was an amazing ride."
The decision not to use Richards came from ROH management, likely due to an interview he did with Total Wrestling, a U.K. publication.
Richards & Eddie Edwards were scheduled to face Jay Lethal & Roderick Strong on the 12/14 Final Battle show at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Management was not happy with an interview Richards did in Total Wrestling, a U.K. publication, and two weeks ago it appeared he was done before Final Battle. He apologized to the locker room at the 11/15 show in Dearborn, MI, during a team meeting saying his comments were taken out of context.
The key quotes in the interview were saying that the tag titles and singles titles mean less than they had in the past, and was critical of the booking of the singles title, and said that he didn't care about the iPPV issues, saying, "If they can't get their crap together, that's their problem. I just worry about showing up, doing my job in the ring, and they can do whatever they ant with that stuff. It's their deal."