After being released by Impact Wrestling and after pretty much disappearing from the wrestling scene since his name was connected to a number of abuse allegations, wrestler Joey Ryan published a new YouTube addressing the allegations.
The video is about an hour long and thanks to NoDQ.com, we have some quotes:
In regards to why he’s making the video:
“This video is for the fans of mine who have shown me support throughout the years and continue to show me support to this very day. I feel like I owe you a bit of clarity so that you don’t have to feel any guilt and you don’t have to feel any shame from giving me your support.
As to why he’s finally decided to speak up after about a month of staying silent:
The reason I’ve been silent thus far is that my therapist asked me to take a mental health break from social media and my attorney asked me not to comment on any of the allegations because of the severity of some of them until he had a chance to review them and review all of the evidence that I have to dispute them. And since no legal action is being taken, I’m going to address them in this video.
To those people who have real stories to tell and to those who are making them up:
I also felt like it was important to respect the movement and allow these women the opportunity to speak and be heard about how they feel and how they felt but I do believe people should be held accountable for fabricating stories or changing the narrative of stories just so they can be a part of the movement.
Ryan says he’s in continued therapy:
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. 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
Ryan says he never broke the law or abused his power in the wrestling industry:
I have never acted criminally towards a woman and I have never acted criminally with sex and, unlike these allegations, I have actual evidence that can show you that. I also want it clear that I have always been able to separate business from my personal life. I have never used any clout or any kind of influence I have in wrestling to get people to do anything that they don’t want to do or I’ve never used it for personal gain.”
Everyone who has brought forth an allegation is being dishonest:
“By the amount of buzz that I can create when all these allegations started, I thought I was going crazy because I was reading all these stories about me that were very very very different from how I remember them happening it’s only when I went back and read old text messages and old direct messages and and looked up old receipts that I found that I have evidence actual clear-cut evidence to dispute nearly every single one of these allegations against me.”
Ryan then proceeded to show the evidence he has that this was all dishonest stories about people’s interactions with him. He turned off the comments section of the video, likely knowing he’d get blasted. The video has more thumbs down than it does thumbs up.