There’s another side to Richard Noirot.
It’s a side that had been dormant for seven years, but became active once again in June.
Most days, Noirot is an ordinary office worker. He pays his bills, has a soft spot for his dogs and goes about daily life in a pretty much normal fashion.
It’s when he has to get dirty is when his other side comes out.
Noirot loses the clean clothing, puts on his boots, grabs his shopping cart and a sign that might just explain this whole transformation.
You see, Noirot is an independent professional wrestler when he’s not busy with his regular life.
Noirot’s wrestling persona is as a homeless man named Ray Beez, who carries a sign saying “Will wrestle 4 food.”
The George Jenkins graduate recently returned to the ring at Thunder Championship Wrestling’s event at Auburndale High School in June. He plans on wrestling again Saturday when the promotion returns to Tracy McGrady Gymnasium at Auburndale for another night of independent wrestling.
“I always liked the characters in wrestling,” Noirot said. “Even when I was a little kid there was The Big Bossman, there was Sgt. Slaughter. When I decided I was going to be a wrestler, I wanted to have a (big) character, and at the time I didn’t know of any homeless wrestlers. So I made the 'will wrestle 4 food' sign and I’ve carried it ever since.”
Noirot, 38, got into wrestling from watching the now defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling in the late 1990s and from the infamous Monday Night Wars between the WWE and WCW.
His wrestling style though is more on the extreme side.
In his career, Noirot has been through more than 100 tables, including being choke slammed off the side of a Budget Rent-A-Truck through a stack of tables, being body slammed off a roof through tables at the Orlando Fairgrounds. He’s been in cage matches, a scaffold match, and he’s got scars from both barbed wire and light tubes.
Through all that, Noirot has an extensive background of quality matches and opponents.
He’s wrestled current Ring of Honor star Kenny King, WWE Hall of Famer Larry Zybyszko, current WWE NXT stars Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly, and former ROH star Erick Stevens.
Injuries, however, derailed Noirot for a time and he gave up wrestling in 2012 to concentrate on his health.
That was until June when he decided to once again take on the Ray Beez persona for Thunder Championship Wrestling after watching the promotion’s first gig at Santa Fe Catholic High School earlier this year.
“The minute you say you’re retired, you think about coming back the whole time,” he said. “I didn’t go to a single wrestling show, because I knew if I did, I’d be trying to get on the card. I probably should have burned my boots, but I never did. All my gear was still there. That made it easier to come back.”
And now that he’s back, Noirot doesn’t plan on stopping, that is, until his body tells him to.