The industry veteran has been forced to retire (Photo: Instagram.com/thejimmyrave)
Wrestler Jimmy Rave has had to have his arm amputated due to a gruesome infection.
The 37-year-old star has been forced to retire after more than two decades in the business, and a career which has seen him in the ring for the likes of IMPACT, Ring of Honour, Dragon Gate, New Japan Pro Wrestling and Combat Zone Wrestling.
In an emotional social media post over the weekend, he wrote: ‘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 and they had to amputate my left arm above the elbow. Thus effectively ending my in ring career.’
Rave – whose real name is James Guffey – thanked his fans, friends and fellow performances for their support during his career, and this difficult period in his life.
He continued: ‘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 that I did. I am sorry for everyone I have let down. Support pro wrestling!’
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support Rave during the next stage of his life, with WWE superstar Drew Gulak urging people to donate.
He wrote: ‘On top of his own career, even in the hospital right now, he is still trying to help the next generation of performers so that they may have a better outcome for themselves.
‘That’s called PAYING IT FORWARD. A concept I hope more people learn about.’
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