IMPACT Wrestling recently fired performer Joey Ryan after a significant number of allegations of sexual assault. He disappeared from social media after shutting down his Twitter account. However, Ryan returned with a nearly hour-long video addressing every single claim against him, which prompted a flurry of tweets.
"As many of you know from my initial statement, I've been in therapy since the separation with my ex-wife nearly two years ago," Ryan said during his video. "I took it very hard, and I've been doing a lot of self-reflection and self-realization and learning a lot about me. I attend therapy each and every week and I'm getting better each and every day. I know that therapy is about progress and not perfection, but I do want to make one thing perfectly clear, I have never had sex with a woman without her consent."
When Ryan released this video, social media users reacted strongly. Many blasted him for the way he phrased the statement, saying that he was "blaming the victims." Others said that only a "loser" needs an hour-long video to speak out about sexual assault allegations. The criticism continued on social media as wrestling fans proclaimed that he needs to stay away from their favorite form of entertainment.
Can someone please show Joey Ryan the Jeffrey Epstein documentary on Netflix? I don’t know, something tells me he needs to be informed.. 😒— Rok-C (@TheRokC_) July 19, 2020
Joey Ryan: hey I’m back so-
The timeline: pic.twitter.com/DeUvxnaWIU— Soundwave (@LocalSoundwave) July 18, 2020
joey ryan really tried to be the cvs of youtube with 58 minutes of receipts— emil (@TheEmilJay) July 19, 2020
Joey Ryan reaching for ways to stay relevant pic.twitter.com/K6UTLaj3hr— Jessi Davin (@jessithebuckeye) July 19, 2020
Joey Ryan is an arsehole, and if people can't see that- then I suggest further research and some compassion.— Beth (@BethIsAHoot) July 19, 2020
Here's a list of better things to do with your time than watching Joey Ryan's video of BS excuses:— The Big S.How (@StupidSxyCorbin) July 19, 2020
2) Everything pic.twitter.com/gitvkTq0hf
thank you Twitter, for not allowing joey ryan to simply walk himself out of the grinder. pic.twitter.com/D01xEcdoAr— t10p%r (@TNA10Percenter) July 19, 2020
Go away, Joey Ryan. pic.twitter.com/PgfceHAAka— PWP Nation (@PWPNation) July 19, 2020
Things better than a 58-minute Joey Ryan video: pic.twitter.com/oRKRugr9mG— Joel Pearl (@JoelPearl) July 19, 2020
Joey Ryan’s “apology” video. pic.twitter.com/tc4IN7MDWa— 20x20 Pod (@20x20Pod) July 19, 2020
Joey ryan shaving the mustache to look like less of a sex pest is amazing visual comedy.— Thee JackSack from Talking Sack! (@JacksackPhD) July 18, 2020
Joey Ryan’s video in one meme pic.twitter.com/nHKKUYZZrZ— Elayna Black (@ElaynaBlack) July 19, 2020
Joey Ryan out here workshopping his new gimmick, "The Man of 1,000 Allegations" Peen Malenko. pic.twitter.com/wTxgUx1ktC— Ben from Earth C-137 (@BigBenEagles) July 19, 2020
Joey Ryan is the definition of a loser. If you need an HOUR long video defending yourself on shit you clearly did and are blaming victims, you suck.
Sorry to everyone who had to deal with that.— “Golden Gun” Mark Wheeler 🦾 (@_MarkWheeler) July 19, 2020
Joey Ryan: I just wanna address the allegations against me-
Wrestling twitter: pic.twitter.com/lpgRJyUyMy— Heel Turn Haden (@_TheSonOfMars_) July 19, 2020
Joey Ryan video: Anyone who knows me knows that I can barely even make eye contact with strangers, much less make small talk with them.
Also Joey Ryan video: Here are 30 stories of me having sex with women I barely know.— Trevor Dame (@TrevorDame) July 19, 2020