If you are a pro wrestling promoter, take a moment to breathe in that rarified air because Richard Holliday appears to be a free agent.
Earlier today, Court Bauer confirmed on Busted Open Radio that Holliday is no longer under a Major League Wrestling contract and is a free agent. Holliday took to Twitter to confirm the news as well.
“I can confirm,” he stated. “I would like to thank Court Bauer and the entire team/locker room at @MLW A tremendous experience for me lasting nearly 5 years. My first match there was a dark match, and my last was a main event. Thankful for everything in between.”
Holliday initially signed with MLW in 2018 and quickly found himself aligned with current AEW World Champion, MJF. The two began wreaking havoc all over the company and eventually, current MLW World Champion, Hammerstone, joined the duo. The newly formed stable christened themselves The Dynasty.
As a member of The Dynasty, Holliday captured the MLW Tag Team Championships alongside MJF. The two fended off generational tag teams like The Hart Foundation and Los Parks before dropping the titles to another legacy tandem, The Von Erichs. Once MJF left MLW for AEW, Holliday feuded with Savio Vega over the IWA Caribbean Heavyweight Championship before aligning with his real-life girlfriend, Alicia Atout, on-screen.
Holliday having Atout by his side also came with a change in attitude and allegiance. The most marketable man in MLW turned on Hammerstone at Blood & Thunder last year, effectively ending The Dynasty as a faction. Holliday would continue on as a singles star before vanishing from television during the summer. It was later revealed, that Holliday left TV to battle Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer.
“My plan is not to lose to lymphoma; my plan is to inspire people,” Holliday told Sports Illustrated last December, as he was already halfway through his 12 rounds of chemotherapy. “I’m going to come out of this stronger, and I’m going to let people know they can beat it, too.”
Bauer confirmed in his interview that Holliday’s contract with MLW expired while he was in treatment. Fortunately, that treatment came to an end in February when Holliday announced the news on Twitter.
“Yesterday I finished my treatment,” he announced. “Your outreach and support has guided me through this process. Time to recover.”
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