In 1995, at the age of 25, Wright won his first World Championship. But just round 1, he encountered the world’s No. 1 Richie Burnett should be gently off the road early. Shortly after that defeat, Wright turned his back on darts and believed that he would never play again.
Wandering everywhere, Wright did everything he could to make a living. “I used to live for only 14 pounds a week” – he revealed in an interview a few years ago. He also many times fell into unemployment. But one evening in 2007, Wright suddenly realized he had a mission unfinished with darts, after watching the Grand Slam launch darts on television.
It has been more than 20 years since the first World Championship release, Wright has done what everyone in his family once said he could never do. In the first year back to competition, he only earned a mere 1,200 pounds. At that time, his confidence dropped to the lowest.
Fortunately, Joanne – Wright’s partner who owns a salon in Suffolk – has lifted him up. Joanne used strange hairstyles to inspire Wright. Their daughter continued to motivate him.
With a weird hair style that anyone could dare to try and Joanne usually takes 2 hours to complete before her husband competes, Wright transforms from a lack of self-confidence into a resilient, indomitable warrior. Thanks to that, his performance improved quickly. By 2014, he reached the final of the World Championship, but still had no time to meet: Van Gerwen won 7-4.
For the next five years, Wright reached the final of 11 major tournaments, but lost until 10. Wright suddenly thought that going to the final was his best achievement. He was just worthy of being a challenger, but not enough to be a champion.
Until this year, overcome all adversities, Wright moved into the finals of the World Championship. And once again, Van Gerwen was in the way. But this time, Wright didn’t let history repeat itself. He took revenge.