Ex-American wrestler Jimmy Rave has both legs amputated after MRSA infection

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Former Ring of Honor wrestling star Jimmy Rave has had both his legs amputated due to a severe MRSA infection.

In November 2020 Rave, 38, announced his retirement from the squared circle after revealing he'd had his left arm removed following an infection.

And on Sunday, Rave took to Twitter to give his fans the latest harrowing news, and clarify apparent rumours that the surgery was down to another causation.

Rave, whose real name is James Guffey, has previously admitted to battling drug addiction and checked into rehab in 2009.

"Apparently it's time for me to come clean," he wrote.

"This past June I began having trouble walking and went to my surgeon. He determined I had MRSA in both legs and they needed to be amputated immediately.

"Promoters can tell you along with my peers, I've had a history w/this and would cancel shows often due to this condition. I don't know where rumours started this was due to something else, but I hadn't been to shows for so long. So where did someone see me do something? *I* have ALWAYS been honest with my past. *I* went on podcast n interviews being super candid."

As well as his time in Ring of Honor, Rave also wrestled in TNA and also won numerous titles on the independent circuit.

"Pro Wrestling is all I ever loved," he continued.


"It sucks to think that the tribe I would have died for, would say untrue things about me.

"I've gone this whole time not disclosing my legs because of this embarrassment. Sorry I fell short of your expectations. I tried, I really did."

What message of support do you have for Jimmy Rave? Let us know in the comments section.

Former opponent Romain Vezirian was one of the first to offer his support to Rave.

I hate that this happened to you. Going from being a huge fan of yours to sharing the ring with you remains the highlight of my career. We're all rooting for you," he replied.

Another former wrestler, Anthony Gangone, added: "I have love and respect for him. One of the few vets I trusted to guided me through a lot of garbage. He is a good man that is dealing with a difficult time. Please help anyway you can. Kindness and compassion must be the way."

Rave also shared evidence of his crippling medical bills, which have thus far totalled more than $100,000 (£72,600), and thanked everyone who had made contributions in support.

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