Various: Biff Busick Announces Break from Wrestling, Jake Atlus Update, Indies

Biff Busick Announces Break from Wrestling Career

Biff Busick, former Oney Lorcan in WWE NXT, recently announced on Twitter that he is taking a break from his wrestling career. No other details were provided regarding the reason for his decision.

Jake Atlus Issues Apology Over His Domestic Violence Arrest Issues

As noted before, Jake Atlas was involved in a domestic violence incident resulting in his arrest this past May in Orlando, Florida. Atlas had been out of action for AEW since this past January due to a torn ALC injury but his contract with the company was dropped following his arrest.

Atlas recently issued a statement on Twitter apologizing for his actions and any disappointment and issues he caused towards his fans and colleagues.

Atlus also stated that he recently completed an intensive outpatient program at LiveWell Behavioral Health in Florida for his substance abuse and mental health issues.

I want to thank those of you who will take the time to read this statement.

I’m issuing a formal apology for my wrongdoing and any hurt, disappointment and complications I may have caused to my colleagues and fans.

As incredibly difficult it is for me to publicly disclose very personal and private information, it is Imperative that admit to my alcohol abuse and provide transparency about my deteriorating mental health. I have accepted that my anxiety and depression led me to detrimentally self-medicate for the last 7 years. In addition, a lot of unresolved trauma resurfaced for me recently that was fundamental to the development of some extremely negative core beliefs and I was inadequately able to manage.

An incident occurred a couple or months ago that I am 100% not proud or; I take complete responsibility and accountability for the situation and my actions, I recognize that the state of being intoxicated does not excuse my behavior. I made a terrible mistake. I hurt people I love and it’s something I deeply regret.

The only clarity I wish to provide specifically about what circulated online is this: the relatonship is not abusive in any way, shape, or form and this events certainly not a reflection of my character. One can read a report and choose to take the information for what it is, but to speculate, draw conclusions, and create a narrative that has no merit only adds further damage to those involved. This was a situation that was already being, and continues to be dealt with privately, so it is with great humility that I ask the respect of that privacy going forward.

I would like to share that I have successfully completed an intensive outpatient program at LiveWell Behavioral Health in Florida. I self admitted with a dual diagnosis in substance abuse and mental health. The treatment consisted of 10 hours of group and individualized therapy every week for 5 weeks. The next step in the program is to attend 1 group session a week for 3 weeks and continue individual outpatient therapy thereafter. My time there has been nothing short of extraordinary and life changing – a phenomenal first step in my recovery.

I am human and that makes me flawed. I believe in second chances, I believe in redemption, and in turn. I believe in personal growth. express mv gratitude to those who have reached out to me. I have made exceptional progress and I am excited for my future. I have full faith for a positive outcome from this journey as I continue my sobriety and the process of healing with the support of my friends, my family, and my partner.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am Changing myself” -Rumi

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

This past Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite Fyter Fest Week 2 special featured a promo segment by FTR. During the promo, Dax Harwood told an emotional story involving his daughter being born with a hole in her heart and her fighting hard that resulted in her not needing surgery and the hole eventually closing on its own. Following the show, Harwood announced on Twitter that all of his royalties of his new shirt merchandise will be donated to the American Heart Association.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre recently revealed the official teams for this year’s upcoming CMLL Grand Prix tournament. It was announced that Volador Jr., Ultimo Guerrero, Stuka Jr., Soberano Jr., Atlantis Jr., Titan, and Templario will be competing for Team Mexico. It was also announced that Rocky Romero, Kenny King, Robbie Eagles, OrΓ‘culo, Lince Dorado, Matt Taven, and Tiger Mask will be competing for Team International.

Ring of Honor reportedly has sold around 2,498 tickets for tonight’s Death Before Dishonor 2022 event in Lowell, Massachusetts as of this past Thursday, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that two unadvertised talents are currently expected to make surprise appearances at tonight’s ROH Death Before Dishonor 2022 event in Lowell.

DDT Pro Wrestling recently announced that they have pulled Yuki Ueno from the card of their event this Sunday in Tokyo, Japan due to him recently testing positive for COVID-19.

Athletic Brewing announced that they have recently signed a sponsorship deal with Jon Moxley to help promote their non-alcoholic beverages.

Major League Wrestling recently announced that they will be holding an event called Super Series on September 18th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Starrcast recently announced that Sinn Bodhi, Big Damo, and Brian Myers are the next set of official competitors for Bunkhouse Battle Royal match at Ric Flair’s Last Match event on July 31st in Nashville, Tennessee.

Limitless Wrestling recently announced that they have pulled JD Drake off the card of their Crunch Time event today in Yarmouth, Maine due to recent schedule conflict issues with Ring of Honor.

Stardom recently announced that they pulled six wrestlers from their event earlier today in Nagoya and from the card of this Sunday’s event in Nagoya, Japan due to health and injury related issues. It was announced that Waka Tsukiyama was pulled due to her current injury, Akane Fujita was pulled due to concerns that she recently suffered an injury, Utami Hayashishita Natsupoi and Mochi Natsumi were pulled due to health-related concerns, and an unannounced talent was pulled due to unstated reasons.