• Raven Reveals If He Will Wrestle Again After His Knee & Shoulder Replacements
Old School ECW/WCW/WWF Veteran Raven wrestled his last professional wrestling match in February of 2020 for a small Florida based independent promotion.
During a new interview with Sean Ross Sapp, the former WWF Hardcore Champion revealed whether he will eventually return to the ring and wrestle actively again or not.
Here’s what Raven had to say:
“I’d been working off and on until I had my knees replaced. I had them replaced last year. I gotta get my shoulder replaced. I had the left shoulder replaced in 2013. I gotta get the right shoulder replaced sometime in this year. Hopefully, in the fall. Once my knees are healed up completely and my shoulder is healed up completely.
Once that’s done, I’ll probably still do [tag team matches]. That’s what I’ve been doing. I don’t like being a babyface but on the indies, I have to be. The fans come to see the stars.
It’s not fair to just turn yourself to make them boo you even though they don’t want to. Especially for a couple hundred people, it’s just not worth it.
But as a babyface, I can tag with somebody. I come in on the shine, I beat the guy up, I don’t get touched. Then I tag my partner in, he gets beat up, he makes the hot tag to me, I bump the other guys and go into the finish. So I don’t have to take any bumps.
But nobody knows because nobody realizes I’m not bumping because the way the storyline is set-up. Look at the Rock ’n’ Roll Express. Ricky bumped all the time and Robert just came in and got the hot tag.
Instead of doing a bunch of false finishes, which everybody does anyway, I just go right to the finish. I don’t even use my finish, the Raven Effect DDT, because of the bumping in it, because of my shoulder.
What I would do is, I would do the drop toe hold into the chair, which gets the same pop, and then I either let my partner do the DDT because he’s a local guy and he gets the rub or I just pin the guy after the drop toe hold into the chair.
That way nobody’s going ‘Oh, we didn’t get the DDT’, you know what I mean? So all the bases are covered. It’s all psychology.
If you work smart, you don’t have to work as hard. You can have a career forever if you work the babyface in tags.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (March 10, 2005) – WWE SmackDown!
On this day in 2005, World Wrestling Entertainment aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.
It was broadcasted from the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE WrestleMania 21’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
– No DQ Match: Booker T vs. John Heidenreich
– Mark Jindrak vs. Luther Reigns
– Olympic Medal Challenge: Kurt Angle vs. Mike Haywood
– World Tag Team Titles: Rey Mysterio & Eddie Guerrero vs. JBL & Orlando Jordan