Ricky Starks comments on why left the NWA.
In May, the former NWA Television Champion spoke with WrestleZone and talked about why he decided to leave the promotion. In regards to what he think of his decision, Starks said it was the best decision he could have made and wanted to go ahead and take a risk.
“Honestly man, these past few days and seeing what’s been posted, videos and all that, I think I made the best decision I’ve could’ve made. Here’s the thing – if you get comfortable, you don’t move forward sometimes. I wouldn’t say I got comfortable cause I was still trying to get more out of it, but it was too familiar for me so I wanted to get out of it. I understand the aspect of this. I understand, I wasn’t fired, I wasn’t furloughed. I consciously made the effort not to. NWA wanted to, we just mutually couldn’t agree on stuff. I get the aspect of it, but if I’m not taking a risk, then what am I really doing? It’s exciting, yes, and it’s scary, yes but I have been by myself and had to work so hard just by myself in anything that I’ve done that all I have is myself and my support of myself," Starks said.
Starks joined NWA in August 2019 after previously competing at NWA 70th Anniversary in the NWA National Title mini-tournament. He was a staple on NWA Powerrr and won the NWA Television Title at Hard Times in January, defeating Trevor Murdoch in the main event of the show. He made two successful defenses of the Television Title before losing the belt to Zicky Dice in March.
Just months after winning the Television Title, Starks said he understands the level of risk involved with leaving the NWA. However, Starks added that the reward will be well worth the risk.
“I have to constantly push myself and that’s how I’ve gotten to the place where I’m at. And if I don’t believe in myself to make a decision like that, then I’m really wasting my time, I’m wasting your time, I’m wasting everybody’s time. So I made the decision. I’ve slept on it, made the decision, I understand what’s at risk here and sure, I may have to struggle a bit, but the reward and the payoff is worth that to me. And honestly at the end of this day, when I wake up and when I go to sleep, there’s one person I see in the mirror and there’s only one person I have to justify anything to and that’s myself. And I don’t have to expect Dick, Tom or Jane to understand why I did what I did… It was very difficult, obviously, but looking at it now, I’m glad I did it and I sit in that, proud that I did that. And who knows? We don’t know what happens next. Things can change at a whim," Starks said.
The full interview can be seen at this link.