It was reported yesterday that former WWE Superstar and Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann was apparently considering retiring from professional wrestling in the near future.
According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Swann has canceled all of his bookings and now considers himself to be retired from professional wrestling. Meltzer said the following:
“Rich Swann retired. Yesterday he was saying that he was going to do his dates that he agreed to. He’s really down. Whatever it is, he’s really down. Whether he screwed up or whatever. He’s very despondent about losing his job with WWE. He probably hasn’t been training because I saw some of his posts and it was like, “I’m going to go out there but I’ll probably blow up.” So that sort of tells me that he hasn’t been training. I don’t know that though but he’s just down. Today I have heard and got it confirmed that he canceled all his bookings, including all the matches that have been announced for next week. Just canceled everything. WrestleMania week stuff. CCW stuff he was advertised on. He’s out for now. He say’s he’s retired but I do not believe at 27 years old that he’s retired.”
“I feel like he’s just going through a very depressing time. I think he’s very concerned with how he’s going to be received. That’s probably part of it as well. I think the promotions that booked him knew what they were doing and were willing to take the heat for doing it because there is no secret that there would be some and they were going to go with it, but he’s just not mentally ready for that action.”