Jimmy Rave, born James Michael Guffey, 12/8/1982, passed away Sunday, December 12. He is survived by his parents, ex-wife, daughter, and son.
Guffey started his wrestling career in 1999 in the indie scene, but then moved up to Ring of Honor and TNA Impact Wrestling where he really made his name as part of the Rock ‘n Rave Infection with Lance Hoyt (known as Lance Rock) and Christy Hemme. He worked the ring with an against the likes of Eric Young, LAX, Christopher Daniels (as Curry Man), Shark Boy, Necro Butcher, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, and AJ Styles. Mick Foley did some charity work to help raise money for Guffey.
Guffey bounced back to ROH and his demons became obvious in his ring work. He left ROH to go to rehab. After rehab he got a job at the same place, becoming the director of the Bartow County Peer Support, Wellness and Respite Center.
In 202 Guffey announced on Twitter that he was struggling with a MRSA infection that led to the amputation of his left arm. In October, 2020 he then announced that due to MRSA he had both legs amputated.
Memorial services will be held in Georgia. Details will be released at a later time.
QD – I’m completely rocked by this. I remember watching Jimmy Rave in TNA when I covered Impact Wrestling in the late aughts and early teens. He was solid in the ring, if not a breakout star. He fit well in TNA at that point in the company, same for his work in ROH. I somehow missed all the health issues he’d been going through. Most of us were trying to avoid the worst of Covid and he was trying to keep his life due to MRSA infections. My heart is broken to see how his life and health fell apart. All our best wishes go out to Guffey’s family, friends, and fans.