In a business that can sometimes become very serious, professional wrestling is always in need of laughs, style and dick druids. When I hear those words, only one wrestler comes to mind and that is the King of Dong Style himself Joey Ryan. So, let’s learn a bit more about the man who’s bringing Sleazy back from his humble beginnings to his res-erection earlier this year at All In!
Born on November 7th 1979 in Los Angeles, a young Joseph Ryan Meehan (later known as Joey Ryan) and youngest of 3 brothers only started watching wrestling because of his friends. He would watch WWF with his brother Jimmy and was drawn to the babyfaces like Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat and the British Bulldogs. After he was given a ticket to an independent show, Ryan decided that he wanted to start training as wrestler and began in 2000 at Jesse Hernandez’s Empire Wrestling Federation under former WWF/ WCW wrestler Bobby Bradley. In the early years of his career, he also trained under the likes of Bryan Danielson, Brian Kendrick and attended the famous Inoki Dojo. After this, Ryan then started becoming a regular at several southern California promotions such as EWF and UPW where he had his first match against Super Dragon and even made several cameos as enhancement talent for WWE between 2005-2008 against guys like Big Show and Mark Henry.
According to Joey Ryan, his character was created because Ryan was an extremely shy person and went through several over the top characters before getting to this 80s inspired sleezy character with a Magnum PI inspiration of a moustache, chest hair and floral print which started to get him recognition. But Joey isn’t just his gimmick. He’s one of six founders of California promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) and the creator of Bar Wrestling. We also can’t forget his amazing in-ring ability and his passion for equality within wrestling when he teamed with Candice LeRae in The World’s Cutest Tag Team. He’s managed to break down all these barriers in wrestling through his intergender matches where Ryan fought some of the best women in the business without any qualms and treated them as equals. His match with Candice against the Young Bucks, you know the one where she gets kicked with a shoe of thumbtacks, is probably one of the most iconic matches in PWG history and that’s just one of his many classics.
However, the moment where Joey Ryan hit the big time was his match in Japan where the Dick Flip was born. In 2015, Ryan went to the Japanese promotion DDT where he used his penis to overpower the wrestler Danshoku Dino and, once the video went viral, it hit headlines across the world from New York Daily News to The Mirror in the UK! Even though this is one of the things that the crowds love about Joey Ryan, it didn’t always get a good reaction and Jim Cornette made it clear that he didn’t find it funny and refused to watch it. But it was all done in fun which Ryan likes to emphasise this and now the dick flip is a crowd favourite with legends like Mick Foley getting a flip from Ryan’s dong.
Since then, although his team with LeRae is no more *sobs*, Ryan is still taking the world by storm in Lucha Underground and was recently part of one of the biggest story lines in The Young Bucks series Being The Elite which culminated at All In this September. After his long feud with Hangman Page in the series in the battle of the superior penis, Page supposedly murdered Ryan in Japan which led to the story of the missing Joey! After months of build-up and sticking to kayfabe by being able to meet Joey Ryan’s ghost, Page confessed and it seemed as if Joey Ryan’s murder was solved. Yet, in a turn of events, it turned out that Joey Ryan was actually alive and came back for revenge at All In where he used his army of Dick Druids to carry Page out of the arena. Some people hated it, but I thought it was a storytelling masterpiece and gave the wrestling industry a bit of light hearted fun!
So, what does the future hold for Joey Ryan? With a suspected pectoral muscle tear, the immediate future might seem unclear. However, Ryan will be back and is going to continue to break down barriers in the industry and put smiles on people’s faces, well he’ll try but some people will always complain but who cares because haters gonna hate!