Joey Ryan Talks Lucha Underground, The Feel For Pro-Wrestling & His Rick Rude-Like Mannerisms


Former Impact Wrestling & current Lucha Underground star, Joey Ryan, recently spoke with ChannelGuide Magazine about Lucha Underground, his Rick Rude-like mannerisms & much more.

Here are the highlights: (if you are going to use any of the quotes below, please give credit to ChannelGuide Magazine with an H/T to eWrestlingNews for the transcriptions)

Joey Ryan On Lucha Underground:

“It’s deeper than a backstage promo and wrestling match. That’s what’s different and cool about it; it has more of the feel of an HBO show than a traditional sporting event. We’ve got Robert Rodriguez and Mark Burnett and they are well connected in the Hollywood industry so I feel he may not be the only Hollywood type we will see there down the line.”

Lucha Underground Bringing In More Recognition Via Netflix:

“It’s only been a little while since it has been on Netflix so it might be a bit too soon to know for sure what it mean for Lucha Underground. I didn’t start until season two, most people are starting with season one on there. So I know the cast for that is getting recognized a little more. Netflix is a huge market to hit.”

Thoughts On Pro-Wrestling Expanding:

“You can feel wrestling is hot right now, there is a big fan base for it. You will see some of these producers and executives go to these events. They see me, like the character and what I do. They ask me to be a part of their other projects like a Fuller House and like a GLOW. It’s really cool to have the opportunity. When you are wrestling in front of [actors], their minds are kind of blown, they get acting, they know acting. It’s a little bit mind-blowing to them that not only are you doing acting, but you are really doing your own stunts and on a wrestling show you are doing it all in one take, there is no re-shoot. Most actors when they see it are pretty into it.”

Joey Ryan’s Character:

The colorful figure draws inspiration from a variety of places. One is of course patterning his look form the 1980s and Magnum P.I. Within wrestling, Ryan takes further elements from the likes of Rick Rude.“I have gotten a real kick lately out of watching Andy Kaufman; he had a way of emotionally engage an audience just by his presence. I think that is something you can learn from and strive to do.”

Ryan On His Candice LeRae Being On WWE’s Radar:

“It’s about time, to me, not gender specific, male or female she is one of the best wrestlers in the entire world. I think it was only a matter of time before WWE caught up to that.”



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