Rich Swann Reportedly Cancels All Upcoming Indy Bookings

It was reported earlier in the week that former WWE Superstar Rich Swann announced that he is planned to retire from professional wrestling once he was finished working his booking dates on the independent circuit.

On today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed Swann’s retirement and revealed that he has cancelled all of his upcoming bookings and considers himself already retired from professional wrestling.

“Rich Swann retired. Yesterday he was saying that he was going to do his dates that he agreed too. He’s really down. Whatever it is, he’s really down. Whether he screwed up or whatever. He’s very despond 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 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 cancelled all his bookings, including all the matches that have been announced next week in Teavana. Just cancelled everything. WrestleMania week stuff. CCW Stuff he was advertised on. He’s out for now. He says he’s retired, but I do not believe at 27 years old that he’s retired.”

Meltzer also went on to discuss how Swann is depressed and that he is not mentally ready to return to the ring following his termination from WWE.

“I just feel like he’s going through a very depressing time. I think he’s very concerned with how he’s going to be perceived. 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.”


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