Joey Ryan was the subject of many #SpeakingOut allegations so much to the point where he was removed from practically every pro wrestling opportunity he had available to him. Now Ryan is finally breaking his silence in a new video.
Ryan appeared in a new video without his signature facial hair. He had a new look to represent a new attitude as he explained why he was silent for so long at the suggestion of his therapist. Since no legal action will be taken against him he released a video response.
Joey Ryan stated that “I have never acted criminally towards a woman and I have never acted criminally with sex” and he claims to have evidence to prove that. The experiences that came out as part of the #SpeakingOut movement are very different from how he remembered them going down. He was very open and candid, but he denies a few elements of the stories that came forward.
“This video is for the fans of mine who have shown me support throughout the years and continue to show me support to this very day. I feel like I owe you a bit of clarity so that you don’t have to feel any guilt and you don’t have to feel any shame from giving me your support.
The reason I’ve been silent thus far is that my therapist asked me to take a mental health break from social media and my attorney asked me not to comment on any of the allegations because of the severity of some of them until he had a chance to review them and review all of the evidence that I have to dispute them. And since no legal action is being taken, I’m going to address them in this video.
I also felt like it was important to respect the movement and allow these women the opportunity to speak and be heard about how they feel and how they felt but I do believe people should be held accountable for fabricating stories or changing the narrative of stories just so they can be a part of the movement.
As many of you know from my initial statement, I’ve been in therapy since the separation with my ex-wife nearly two years ago. I took it very hard and I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection and self-realization and learning a lot about me. I attend therapy each and every week and I’m getting better each and every day. I know that therapy is about progress and not perfection but I do want to make one thing perfectly clear, I have never had sex with a woman without her consent.
I have never acted criminally towards a woman and I have never acted criminally with sex and, unlike these allegations, I have actual evidence that can show you that. I also want it clear that I have always been able to separate business from my personal life. I have never used any clout or any kind of influence I have in wrestling to get people to do anything that they don’t want to do or I’ve never used it for personal gain.”
“By the amount of buzz that I can create when all these allegations started, I thought I was going crazy because I was reading all these stories about me that were very very very different from how I remember them happening it’s only when I went back and read old text messages and old direct messages and and looked up old receipts that I found that I have evidence actual clear-cut evidence to dispute nearly every single one of these allegations against me.”
Joey Ryan was fired from Impact Wrestling as a part of these allegations. He was in a stable dedicated to the idea of Cancel Culture as well. Now we will never see how that angle would have ended.
The book isn’t closed for Joey Ryan just yet. We’ll just have to see where his story takes him next. He claims that he has evidence to prove his version of events.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote