Last night, Petey WIliams wrestled Chris Sabin, a fellow alumni of Scott D'Amore's Can-Am Wrestling School, at Best in Detroit VI: Border Wars, a show put on by Detroit, Michigan independent promotion XICW. Williams had announced earlier last week that it would be his final pro wrestling match, and per his Twitter, is sticking to it.
Thank you to everybody who was ever a part of my pro wrestling journey. #CanadianDestroyer— Petey Williams (@iPeteyWilliams) July 6, 2014
The 32 year old was a founding player in TNA Wrestling, where he was an early staple of the Team Canada faction led by D'Amore which would include Bobby Roode and Eric Young. He was a two-time X-Division champion.
After parting ways with TNA in 2009, the Maple Leaf Muscle kicked around Japan and North American indies before landing in Lucha Libre USA for a couple of years as part of an anti-immigration gimmick called The Right. He won tag team gold before leaving that promotion.
He returned to TNA last year for a series of their pre-taped pay-per-view (PPV) specials and to fill out the X-Division when it was announced that all matches within the division would be triple threats. He was the #1 contender, but lost to then-champ Kenny King on Impact. He participated in a few more matches before leaving the company again last July.
The Canadian Destroyer is best known for his finishing move - The Canadian Destroyer. The front flip piledriver is something to see:
Retirements in pro wrestling are notorious for not sticking, so we shall see what's next for Petey Williams.
In the meantime, Cageside Seats wishes him the best. Thanks for the memories.