All Elite Wrestling’s Anthony Ogogo has bravely spoken out about almost committing suicide three years ago following his forced retirement from boxing.
Anthony Ogogo is perceived to be one of the future top stars of All Elite Wrestling, with his work in early 2021 against Cody Rhodes solidifying this. ‘The Guv’nor’ was improving at an incredible pace before undergoing eye surgery that’s kept him off AEW’s televised programming ever since.
Before joining the Tony Khan-helmed promotion, Anthony Ogogo was a world-class professional boxer, holding a 12-1 record, while also scoring a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics as an amateur athlete. After being forced to retire in 2019 following a loss to Craig Cunningham in 2017 that saw Ogogo fracture his eye socket, the now 33-year-old revealed how troubled his personal life became.
In a new interview with The Independent, Ogogo explained how the injury and subsequent retirement, which came after he was registered blind, took an immense hit on his mental health to the point that he considered taking his own life (h/t Wrestling Inc.):
“I was generally suicidal and there’s one night in my life, it was December 2019, if my wife wasn’t home that day, I probably would have ended my life that night because I was beyond the brink but thankfully my wife and I were able to address my life. She literally saved my life – that was my ground zero and I’ve built up from that.”
Ogogo continued, describing how the series of traumatic events took its toll on him:
“I gave my life to boxing and I had nothing to show for it other than bad vision; no money, no belts, and no titles. I lost my career, I lost my passion, lost my livelihood and I’ve had to sit and watch people who have half of my ability grow and become world champions and multimillionaires.”
After making his professional wrestling debut in early 2019, Anthony Ogogo signed with All Elite Wrestling that October, making his televised debut on Dynamite on its 31 March 2021 broadcast as he, QT Marshall, Aaron Solo, and Nick Comoroto formed The Factory. After losing to Cody Rhodes at the third Double or Nothing pay-per-view, he’d be removed from television as he underwent further surgery on his eye.
Anthony Ogogo returned to in-ring action on the 6 December edition of AEW Dark: Elevation, winning an eight-man tag team match for his team in just two-and-a-half minutes. He’s yet to resurface on AEW television, instead being constrained to dominating victories on both of AEW’s YouTube shows.