Joey Ryan Recently In Talks With WWE
WWE is interested in signing independent star Joey Ryan following his release from Lucha Underground.
According to Dave Meltzer in the recent edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE has had communication with Ryan after receiving word he is a free agent. Although no official offer was given, WWE asked if he was willing to move to Orlando, work a few years as a performer, then move into a coaching position.
Ryan, who currently lives in Los Angeles earns more working the independent circuit than the usual NXT salary. Ryan would have taken the offer if was 10 years younger, but at 39, a pay cut to start with WWE is likely something he won’t do.
In a 2017 interview with Sports Illustrated Ryan spoke on why not signing with WWE would be in his best interest. “Right now, I know I’m making above average WWE money, and I’m making my own rules and setting my own schedule,” said Ryan. He also mentioned how his current gimmick would not work in WWE. “But in the PG-era of WWE, I don’t think the Joey Ryan character would be doing anything with the penis in WWE. The super, powerful penis would not be part of his repertoire in WWE. I don’t think that’s the place for it.”
Many believe Ryan will eventually end up in All Elite Wrestling, that is if an offer is given that is more than he is currently making working the independent circuit.
Meltzer added “I guess when Ryan didn’t jump at the change they decided to make Bobby Roode into Joey Ryan”.
WWE Files Trademark For Possible New Characters
WWE filed three new trademarks on July 15, 2019.
As first reported by PWInsider, WWE filed trademarks for “Smackville”, “The O.C”, and “Shorty G”.
The only confirmed usage is the Smackville name, which is an up-coming WWE Network special on July 27, 2019.
Although not confirmed, several are speculating The O.C could stand for “Original Club”, in reference to Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and AJ Styles.
Below are the trademark filings from the United States Trademark Office.
Former Shane Strickland To Make 205 Live Debut This Tuesday
Isiah “Swerve” Scott, fka Shane Strickland is set to make his 205 Live debut this Tuesday against Drew Gulak.
— 205 Live (@WWE205Live) July 19, 2019
Scott signed with WWE earlier this year following a battle with Lucha Underground to be released from his contract. He had a successful run with MLW, as well as the independent scene.
Since debuting with NXT, he underwent a name change from Shane Strickland to Isiah “Swerve” Scott.
MJF Signs Multi-Year Deal With All Elite Wrestling
MJF has extended his current contract with All Elite Wrestling, converting it into a multi-year deal.
The company posted a video today on social media which shows MJF signing the new deal. MJF was initially signed to a short-team deal with the company in January.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) July 19, 2019
MJF also has a contract with Major League Wrestling, where he debuted in 2017. His MLW contract allows him to work outside the company.
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