James Guffey, best known as Jimmy Rave in ROH and TNA has announced his retirement.
Jimmy Rave issued a statement on Twitter announcing his arm had to be amputated this week following an infection.
I have been very blessed for the last 21 years in professional wrestling and getting to live out my dream. 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.
I appreciate everyone who has supported me or anyone who has pegged me with a roll of toilet paper. To my brothers & sisters I have shared the ring with or a locker room; thank you for always pushing me to be better. Thank You to all of my mentors and my students who allow me to still feel needed. This was the hardest thing I have ever had to type. If you have questions or comments please feel free to DM me. Please take your health much more seriously than I did. I am sorry for anyone I have let down. Support pro wrestling! -Jimmy Rave
This is the hardest tweet I have ever had put out. pic.twitter.com/G9kr8oq7ra
— Jimmy Rave (@TheJimmyRave) November 29, 2020
Debuting as Mr. XTC in 1999, Guffey eventually changed his name to Jimmy Rave, working various independent promotions such as CZW, NWA Wildside, and Full Impact Pro.
In 2003, he signed a deal with Ring Of Honor, becoming a mainstay with the promotion until 2007. Following his run with ROH, Rave continued to work the independent scene, as well as TNA. He eventually returned to ROH, having his final run with the promotion in 2013.
Rave’s last match was at CZW Cage Of Death XXI at the end of 2019.