"Surfer" Ray Odyssey given prestigious award, announces retirement from Professional Wrestling.
He's hanging up the wetsuit and bodyboard for good.
For anyone who remembers the phrase “Surf’s up, dudes!” from the 80’s and 90’s, we won’t be hearing it in the ring again as Real Rasslin Podcast Alumni, “Surfer” Ray Odyssey, has officially announced his retirement from the ring.
Last Friday, November 19th, in Totowa, New Jersey, ISPW (Independent Superstars of Pro Wrestling) held their Rumble event, which also played host to the Independent Wrestling Lifetime Achievement Awards. Among names such as King Kaluha, “Ironman” Tommy Cairo and Sunny Beach, Ray Odyssey took his place alongside these legendary competitors.
A former IWCCW, WWA and CWA Light Heavyweight Champion, as well as NWA United States Tag Team Champion with Inferno Kid as the Beach Bullies, Ray made his final in ring appearance on the show, coming out at number two in the ISPW Rumble match, and although he didn't win the ISPW World Heavyweight Championship, with the eventual winner being former NXT Talent Bull James, gave a good account of himself before being eliminated after roughly fifteen minutes. Following his elimination, he was treated to an ovation from the fans in attendance.
Earlier in the night Ray, who worked for ECW and NWA back in the early 90’s, as well as having a dark match for WWF in 1991 against Taz (which he won and is therefore undefeated in WWF by the way), had been given the Lifetime Achievement Award for services to Independent Wrestling.
Regarding the night, Ray had this to say:
Below are some images from the night, and if you want to see Ray’s final match for yourself, you can do so by clicking here.
All of us at Real Rasslin wish Ray the very best in his life going forward, and we look forward to welcoming him back onto our podcast again someday, so that we can hear more stories from his days travelling the roads as a Professional Wrestler.
Incidentally, if you haven’t yet seen our interview with Ray, you can do so by clicking here.