During a media scrum after the airing of his documentary at Starrcast, Joey Ryan discussed the WWE 24/7 title and why he thinks it will be social media friendly. He also discussed DDT Wrestling and its influence on today’s product. Here are the highlights:
On DDT Wrestling:
They came over here during WrestleMania weekend and had a show of their own that was well-received. They had a match at the Joey Ryan Penis Party for the [Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship] and they did a lot of their antics; good or bad, it was probably the most talked about thing—whether people were positive or negative—it was probably the most talked about match on the show. It reaches people. The good thing about a divide is now there will be discussions and arguments and debates over it and keep people talking about it.
On The 24/7 Title:
It’s been a championship for almost 20 years and they’ve had 3,000 champions. [DDT] never went away with it once they brought it in, but yeah, when they had me win it and bring it to America, I did stuff with Scott Hall, Rey Mysterio and the Young Bucks, it helped [create] a lot of hype for me. I could see where they could say they can use it to hype their own guys and get their own guys over. It’s a tool, it’s very social media friendly.
On Staying With The Indies:
I might just stay independent. I was in a Lucha Underground contract that wasn’t favorable and just got out, so I’m not really looking to get into another contract. The way I look at independent wrestling is there is going to be a lot of work out there, and I’ve told people this too—people that have been like ‘can you give me contacts to Cody, the Bucks, I want to try and get into AEW’—I’ve said ‘I can, but don’t be in a rush to sign anything you’re not fully happy with. When they go exclusive, there’s going to be a lot of work on the independents, especially for the girls because they signed a lot of the top girls. I just feel like there’s going to be a whole lot more work on the independents in the next five years with these exclusive deals going around. I might just ride that out because the indies are friendly to my style and I can excel there.
Credit: Starrcast. H/T Wrestlezone.