Former Professional Wrestler, Jimmy Rave, Has Both Legs Amputated

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Former pro wrestler James Guffey, better known by his ring name Jimmy Rave, took to Twitter to share that he had to have both legs amputated after contracting MRSA.

The 38-year-old retired from professional wrestling in 2020 after contracting an infection that led to his left arm being amputated above the elbow.


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Jimmy Rave shared the news of his double leg amputation on Sunday (October 24), even though the procedure took place early this summer. The statement accompanied a black and white photo of himself in a hospital bed.

“Apparently it’s time for me to come clean. This past June I began having trouble walking & went to my surgeon. He determined I had MRSA in both legs & they needed to be amputated immediately,” the wrestler wrote. “Promoters can tell you along with my peers, I’ve had a history w/this and would cancel shows often due to this condition.”

Rave concluded the post with an emotional apology.

“Pro Wrestling is all I ever loved….I’ve gone this whole time not disclosing my legs because of this embarrassment. Sorry I fell short of your expectations. I tried…I really did.”

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA, is a staph infection that is often spread in healthcare facilities but can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact in sports such as wrestling. Treating the infection is a challenge as it doesn’t respond well to antibiotics.

See Jimmy Rave’s full statement below.

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