This isn’t going to end well. The SpeakOut Movement was one of the biggest changes to take place in the wrestling world this year and that is a good thing. The accusations levied against various wrestlers and wrestling personalities were often difficult to fathom and yet several of them have been confirmed to be true. One wrestler is not pleased with the fallout though and is doing something about it.
One of the biggest names brought up in the SpeakOut Movement was Joey Ryan, who has become one of the most well known independent wrestlers in the world. Ryan has wrestled around the world and ran his own promotion with Bar Wrestling in California. However, he was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, some of whom have been sued by Ryan. It turns out that is not the end of Ryan’s lawsuits.
According to PWInsider.com, Ryan is suing Anthem Wrestling LLC, the parent company of Impact Wrestling, for breach of contract when he was released from the company following the SpeakOut allegations. Ryan’s contract ran from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2021 but he was told he would no longer be booked on June 22, 2020 due to the allegations against him. Ryan is asking for $10 million in damages and has already filed five additional lawsuits against his accusers.
We’ll go with the company instead of the wrestler here. Check out what Impact Wrestling has been up to lately:
Opinion: This really does not seem to be the best move in the world. Unless Ryan has a lot of very convincing evidence or the best lawyers that money can buy, I don’t quite see how well this is going to go for him. That being said, Ryan seems to be all in on this idea and if it doesn’t work out, I have no idea what options he has left in front of him. It’s a big gamble, and it might be a bit too big of a gamble.
What do you think of the move? Will Ryan ever be back with a major promotion? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!