WWE Legends to AEW Superstars: Wrestling World Mourns the Tragic Death of Jimmy Rave

Published 12/14/2021, 8:00 AM EST


The wrestling industry suffered a terrible loss on December 12th, 2021. Former pro-wrestler, James Micheal Guffey, passed away after on 12th December 2021. James was better known by his stage name, Jimmy Rave.

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The wrestling industry came together to mourn the loss. Several people-wrestlers such as Matt Hardy, Cardona, Mick Foley, Josh Alexander, Vince Russo, Gunner, and several others expressed their grief on social media. They were joined by fans across the globe who were trying to cope with the tragic news of Jimmy Rave.

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It has been revealed that Jimmy was dealing with multiple heath issues at the time of passing. It will be a while before the fans and industry can even begin to move forward from this dark day.

Jimmy Rave had his legs amputated for medical reasons

The former TNA and ROH star was suffering from MRSA infection which resulted in him having to have both his legs and his left arm amputated.

He spent quite a handsome amount of time in the hospital which raked up his hospital bill. Having no choice, Rave had reached out to his fans on social media and expressed his condition and the difficulties he was facing in paying the bills.

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He revealed not wanting to come out to his fans about his condition, especially for the embarrassment, but ultimately he required their help to pay the bills. However, many fans appreciated him for seeking help.

James Guffy had worked with numerous wrestling promotions

Rave began wrestling in 1999.

During his pro-wrestling career, he worked with NWA, and was the two time NWA Heavyweight Champion.

Apart from NWA, he made an appearance during WWE Sunday Night Heat, worked in Japan at NJPW, and also had a feud at ROH. Additionally, he worked with Rampage Pro Wrestling as a Booker for several years.

He announced the end of his pro-wrestling career when his left arm was amputated. It was the end of his 21 years in the pro-wrestling business.

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Unfortunately, it just became worse from there. The infection spread from his left arm to his legs. As a result, he had to have them amputated as well.

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On the other hand, Rave had struggled with substance abuse for years which had triggered other health problems.

Today, there are no words to describe the loss his family and friends are going through. Our deepest condolences to Jimmy Rave’s family and friends.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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