Independent wrestler Jimmy Rave, known for his work with Ring Of Honor and TNA, has announced his retirement.
Rave, whose real name is James Guffey is only 37. He announced his retirement on his Twitter account. His retirement was prompted by the amputation of his left arm.
“I have been very blessed for the last 21 years in professional wrestling and getting to live out my dream,” wrote Rave. “Today, that dream has ended for me and I have a new reality. This past Tuesday my world came crashing down when doctors found an infection in my left arm.”
“I tried toughing it out, but by the time I saw a doctor it was too late and they had to amputate my left arm above the elbow. Thus effectively ending my in-ring career,” he continued.
Rave was trained in Atlanta by Murder One before debuting in the Georgian independent scene in 1999. He performed in Japan, competing in the 2008 New Japan Pro Wrestling Best of Super Junior Tournament.
Rave also worked in TNA, where he teamed with current AEW wrestler Lance Archer as the Rock N’ Rave Connection. He also worked with Ring of Honor from 2003 to 2007 where he had a rivalry with CM Punk before Punk left for the WWE in 2005.
He was most recently reported to be part of Combat Zone Wrestling where he trained talents as well as performed in the ring.
His last match was during the CZW Cage of Death XXI in 2019. He had been scheduled to challenge for the CZW Championship against Joe Gacy earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the promotion’s operations.