In an exclusive interview, Joey Ryan discusses the reasons why he chose to re-sign with IMPACT Wrestling, whether he entertained other company’s offers and the wider impact of intergender wrestling now that IMPACT Wrestling has Tessa Blanchard as its main champion.
In October 2019, Joey Ryan shocked the wrestling world by reappearing in IMPACT Wrestling during their Bound for Glory event. But why go back to somewhere he had already been before?
“It felt different from last time and I was offered a deal where I would be able to continue with my work on the indy scene, which is something that is very important to me, and yeah, I entertained other deals, but none gave me what I wanted in terms of flexibility and freedom. They want everyone to be comfortable with their storylines and the characters they are presenting, which is a lot different from what it was before.”
Discussing the creative process in IMPACT Wrestling, Ryan said:
“They basically give you an idea of what needs to be done and then it’s up to you to figure out what’s best because the audience can see if you are comfortable with what you are doing.”
As heard from other TWM podcasts, such as those with Brian Cage, Sami Callihan and Dezmond Xavier, Joey also agrees with the more “positive backstage environment” that IMPACT has with the new influx of talent.
“There’s no real political agenda there (at IMPACT)- it just feels like everyone wants to put the best show on possible and put out a good product.”
Joey is synonymous with his dick flip move, and he spoke about people he did not expect to take well to the move but were “all for it”.
“Cody (Rhodes) was someone who I didn’t think would want to do the (dick flip) move, but he said ‘Well the audience want it!’ and that’s how it happened”
When asked who he would like to see over in IMPACT Wrestling from the UK scene, one name sprang to mind.
“Recently, I’ve got to work with Chris Brookes and I think he is very entertaining, very charismatic and he could fit in anywhere within any company. He would be someone that every major company will need to look at, because he is a star.”
One of the biggest events in IMPACT’s recent history was the crowning of Tessa Blanchard as the World Heavyweight champion and, as someone who has been at the forefront of the recent upsurge in the popularity of intergender wrestling, Ryan is thrilled to have a woman as the face of the company.
“I was really proud of Tessa for that accomplishment and it’s a real step forward for the industry in terms of making women equivalent to the men. When I was teaming with Candice Le Rae, we were striving to blur the lines. We see wrestling as a bit closer to theatre because of the performances and most of us look at things such as The Incredibles, and a woman fighting a man and holding her own. Because of the nature of wrestling, you can present it in anyway you want, so I think it is good to have strong female characters that can go toe-to-toe with anyone.”
Go behind the scenes with Joey Ryan in his upcoming special of the original Fight Network documentary series ‘Diary’ on the 28 February at 10pm on Fight Network UK (sky channel 192 and TVPlayer.com via Showcase TV).
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