Independent wrestling star Joey Ryan was recently interviewed on All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star Chris Jericho’s podcast, “Talk Is Jericho.” Ryan talked about independent wrestlers working in South California and the opportunities it provided, and the impact WWE & AEW’s signings have had on PWG.
Here are the highlights:
Independent wrestlers working in South California and the opportunities it provided: “Southern California is kind of an island on its own,” Ryan said. “You can use these guys under Evolve contracts because Evolve didn’t care, and you can use these guys under TNA contracts and ROH contracts. You can have all of these dream matchups that would only take place there because
“Evolve and ROH aren’t letting talent work together in New York because that is both their territory. But Southern California is away from everything which, at that point, AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels, you can book them through TNA. So a lot of stuff got under the radar which was creating some dream moments, and it was the whole boom of social media and stuff and the footage being available faster.”
Impact WWE & AEW’s signings have had on PWG: “It could [affect PWG] in theory. The Young Bucks were able to get ROH to ‘okay’ them to do PWG so other ROH guys were like, ‘Why do they get to do it and not us?’ PWG is the only place in the States because ROH doesn’t travel to California, so they got the okay and now it is in every ROH deal where the one west coast promotion ROH guys can work is PWG,” Ryan said.
“Wrestling just rolls with the punches. If you take all these guys off the market it gives the opportunity for these other guys to step up and become stars. Obviously I’m just pulling examples off of my head but, Adam Cole gets signed to WWE, and is off of the market, and then all of a sudden an MJF steps up. And maybe the opportunities are not as prevalent as if Adam Cole is still around taking bookings.
“There’s a lot of talented guys out there that just need an opportunity. So far it’s been okay. Promotions have bounced back and found guys to fill the void. I mean, it’s definitely taken a hit because those guys are established stars but I think it’s not the end of the world or doomsday for independent wrestling.”
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