Richard Holliday On His In-Ring Return – ‘It Felt Fantastic’


In a recent appearance on the “Busted Open Radio” podcast, Richard Holliday reflected on his return to the ring after concluding his treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Holliday noted that he doesn’t plan on reviewing the match on tape in order to preserve the special memory without external analysis. He said,


“It was special. I joke around, and I say, ‘I’ll never watch the match back.’ I won’t. I’ll never watch that match back because I just want it to remain as pure as possible in my mind. I’ll go back and watch and go, ‘I didn’t like that. That didn’t look great. Why did I do this?’ I don’t want to do that. I want to leave that match as is. It felt fantastic. To have my family there, my friends there. I didn’t pull any punches. We went like 25 minutes. I did as much as I could, and I didn’t hold anything back. It felt like I didn’t miss a beat. People told me I didn’t miss a beat, and I’ll take their word for it because I’m not going to watch it back. It was everything I could have wanted, and I was so happy that I did it because now it’s in the rearview. I was so tunnel-visioned on that one match that I almost kind of forgot that I have a schedule going forward. I was like, ‘June 10, I have to do this match and train for this and look as good as I can, present the best package that I could,’ and then I did. Then, I had a match on Thursday, and it was, ‘Oh, I forgot I’m doing this full-time again.’”

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