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Joey Ryan Explains Why He Signed With Impact Wrestling, Believes Tessa Blanchard Is a ‘Good Representative’ of Intergender Wrestling

January 12, 2020 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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– Impact Wrestling talent Joey Ryan spoke to the media in Dallas, Texas ahead of night’s Hard to Kill event. You can check out some highlights from the media scrum below (via WrestlingInc.com). During the scrum, he talked about Sami Callihan vs. Tessa Blanchard, signing with Impact, and more. Below are some highlights. As noted, Impact star Tessa Blanchard is currently embroiled in controversy after a number of wrestlers accused her of using racial slurs and bullying.

Joey Ryan on signing with Impact: “I really, really enjoy—I could probably use the word ‘love’ the independent wrestling scene, it’s where I thrive. It’s where I really get motivated. The fact that Impact offered me a deal that was non-exclusive, and I could still do the independent scene, that was probably the most appealing part to it. I don’t think I ever want to give that up. I’m exclusive, as far as national television … which meant I can still do a lot of the independents that I really, really enjoy.”

Ryan on working with the Knockouts of Impact: “I’ve done a lot of intergender wrestling and Impact really embraces intergender wrestling. I’d like to do some stuff with the Knockouts in the Knockouts Division because from my experience from the independent wrestling there’s a whole audience that wants to get behind that. I think you see it now with superhero movies and television shows where they have these strong, powerful female characters. I think that is starting to lend itself to wrestling. Without pinpointing any specific wrestlers, I think just being able to do something different on television, like intergender wrestling, would be very cool for me.”

His thoughts on Tessa Blanchard vs. Sami Callihan: “I’ve known Tessa and Sami for awhile now, but Tessa is a great wrestler to have to carry that flag. For me—I’m a little bit biased—my old tag team partner, Candice LeRae, is the best intergender wrestler I’ve ever witnessed, but where she’s at now, she’s not allowed to do that. So, I think Tessa being the face of intergender wrestler, she’s a good representative of it. Personally—because of what I think it would do for the business—I’m rooting for Tessa. I’m hoping she wins.”