Joey Ryan on his release from TNA


So just recently Joey Ryan was on a show called ITR Live on something called Spreaker, which I am just hearing about now, this very second. What follows below is a recap of that appearance, procured from PWInsider.

It’s largely Ryan politicizing himself in effort to possibly someday get his job back, so if you’re looking for something really truly interesting coming out of his mouth, look elsewhere. I post this to say that Ryan has the size and charisma that WWE usually is looking for in a wrestler. He could be somewhere around Rick “The Model” Martel level in WWE if used properly, to further date myself. And WWE used to make their bones on taking guys that the competition didn’t know how to use properly and turning them into stars. So, there you go Vince. – Dusty

How he got in to TNA:

Through David Lagana. I worked with David Lagana in a few places actually Ring of Honor, NWA Hollywood and then he booked me for Ring Ka King in India. Then he got hired to be a writer in TNA and they were looking for guys. He suggested me to Al Snow and Al Snow saw footage of me and decided to make me a GutCheck contestant.

It kind of happened quickly. They called me up and Al Snow asked if I would be interested and I said yes. He said, “Alright, I’ll see you next week”. There wasn’t anything I had to sit on really.

On TNA GutCheck:

They literally don’t tell you anything. I was the second ever guy to do GutCheck. The first GutCheck was Alex Silva. There was that whole thing where Ric Flair changed his decision on Alex Silva. You see, I don’t know how much of that is really a shoot or not. I think they brought me in particularly to be a “No” because they just needed somebody from the indys to make this seem more legitimate and told “no”. I think that was a work on their part.

I think when I wrestled and I had a good match against Austin Aries, thank God I had to wrestle Austin Aries, then I came in and did my promos and stuff like that, even before I was in front of the judges, they weren’t telling me I was going to get a “No”, but I had a few people telling me things. Like Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan came up to me and said, “Hey, we like your look, we think you are good. No matter what happens out there, we want to do something with you hopefully down the line”. They were hinting that I was going to get a “No” vote.

I was already going in there portraying a heel character so I knew going into this that I wasn’t just going to go out there, be told “No” and walk away with my tail between my legs. I’m going to be adamant about it. I was going to be myself, a guy who has been told “No” for the last 12 years by major companies.

After I did that promo, there was talk of me going around. They were saying to themselves, “How can we use this guy?” Before that, there was nothing planned for me.

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Stunt Granny Audio Show #176

This week Kevin and Dusty join forces to discuss the epic February 13 Monday Night Raw Super Show. This show was so super, it pre-empted the dog show to CNBC. Was it worth it? Well, if you missed the show (a show that was trending on twitter, I might remind you), Dusty and Kevin are here to break it down for you and answer that question. What did they think of the cartoony Kane-John Cena-Zack Ryder storyline? (Besides that it was very very cartoony.) What did they think of the Shawn Michaels-Triple H-Undertaker showdown? Were the matches on this show so bad the writers might as well have been slashing their ratings with straight razor? What was actually good about the show? Was it that godforsaken debate thing they did to start the show? Was it anything? You need to listen to find out, and it’ll only be an hour of your measley, pointless time. So listen!

Stunt Granny Audio Show #176

Stunt Granny Audio #161

Eric makes a triumphant return as he teams up with Jeremy in this edition of Stunt Granny Audio. The boys discuss the latest happenings behind the scenes of TNA or is it Impact Wrestling. How does the influx of new talent to the talent relations and booking staff matter?  How the hell do you possibly add more talent to the active roster? Did you know TNA has at least fifty active competitors already? Who could they possibly bring in that would matter in the least bit? Just why anyone thinks things will change as long as Hulk Hogan is in charge and he is in charge.  They also manage to talk some WWE with Mason Ryan and his creepy hair. Also, how has CM Punk gotten over the elbow drop? Yeah it’s a short segment but whatever. Check it out!

Stunt Granny Show #161

Eric’s Blog: After talking with @Lagana, is it time to riot?

zack ryder

(NOTE: My brief conversation with Dave Lagana over Twitter this morning began with no intention of it being turned into a blog post. However, as the discussion went on, I realized how important it was to get these thoughts out to everyone who couldn’t see them for themselves on Twitter. And anyway, out of the 175 million registered Twitter accounts, only 69 of them follow @StuntGranny, and one of them is Lagana himself. See, people know who we are! Dave, I appreciate you allowing me to interrupt your morning and am sure these thoughts will be well-received by the literally dozens of SG readers. P.S. Follow Dave Lagana @Lagana, and follow his podcast @IWantWrestling)

As many wrestling fans were last night, I was distraught (yeah, that’s a strong word, but following wrestling is my hobby, and it’s still real to me, darn it) over Long Island’s own Zack Ryder not appearing on Monday Night Raw last night as it emanated from Ryder’s hometown.

Ryder has made a name for himself in the past 12 months as a “Jersey Shore”-like guido with an obnoxious but infectious catchphrase (“Woo WOO woo! You know it!”), one-legged tights (he’s down to no-legged trunks now) and a four-month-old YouTube Web show that garners more than 100,000 views per episode thanks to Ryder’s and friends’ sense of humor, self-deprecation, charming amateur videography and editing, and especially the feeling that they’re creating this just as much for us, the fans who care, as they are to kill time and have fun.

Hell, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho and Wade Barrett came out in support of Ryder on Twitter after his lack of appearance Monday. Ziggler said WWE didn’t “rib ‘the kid’,” they ribbed “the fans” and “the boys in the back” (wow) and even “kicked [Ryder] in the nuts” (double wow). Jericho called it “lame,” saying wrestling should be about “fun,” and Barrett simply Tweeted the initials of Ryder’s battle cry: “WWWYKI.”

Are you serious, bro? Really, would it have been so hard for WWE to allow Ryder to wrestle on Raw in front of his hometown crowd?

To hear former WWE writer Dave Lagana tell it, it’s not as easy as you’d think.

I lucked into a Twitter conversation with Lagana on Tuesday about the fact that the increasingly beloved Ryder didn’t get the chance to capitalize on his growing popularity by basking in his own glory on his employer’s flagship television show. There’s no better, more experienced and more appropriately responsive person on Twitter to ask these questions of, so I inquired if he had any “insight as to why hometowner @ZackRyder was left off the actual Raw program.”

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