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The @JoeyRyanOnline Storyline is NOT a Work (ZoI)

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Since microphones are scarce in the blog-world, we can just call that a type-bomb rather than a pipe-bomb

I made the bold statement in the title because of one simple reason: the story line is too good, too smart, and too ballsy for TNA. We really need to consider everything that would be put into this story line if it is a work. It would really be quite remarkable. Even if TNA came up to Ryan a week after the buzz he created; it would still be remarkable.

First, we know that TNA is not smart enough or involved enough to go and give detailed instructions to Ryan on how to use the internet to progress this story but we can almost guarantee Ryan is behind the "creative," if you will, in his YouTube videos, Tweets, and promos during various appearances. However, somewhere along the countless rants and rips of TNA (or from the inception), TNA came up to Joey Ryan and gave him the green light to continue doing it. Continue his verbal shredding of the company, continue interviewing ex-TNA wrestlers, continue to rip on TNA officials, and continue to rip on the TNA business model. For the TNA big-wigs to sit there and listen (to the mostly true) things that was being said about their company would require pretty tough skin.

Next, TNA would have to be patient with the progression of this story line. If Ryan came back a week or two after he was denied during Gut Check, it would have been completely obvious that TNA was pulling strings. Instead, they let him build his character with the internet audience for 4 weeks. When just about everyone thought we would never see him on TV again, there he was. I was honestly surprised. So surprised that I would not put is passed him sneaking into the Impact Zone.

Third, if this is a work, Joey Ryan and TNA are doing a way too good of a job covering their tracks. The obvious question that was asked after his appearance last Thursday was how did he get in and how did he get his camera back. To put both questions to rest, we got this answer:



Finally, TNA would have to be using the internet better than WWE ever has. With the template of the Summer of Punk to build off of (social media/internet-wise), Joey Ryan and TNA has taken the storyline from YouTube, to Indy appearances, to Twitter, to Facebook, and most recently, to internet wrestling shows:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/vendett...host-joey-ryan

Obviously there is a 90% chance I am wrong. Not only do I accept that but I wish it to be true. TNA has done, is doing, and will do a lot of bad shit, but if this one if it pans out to be a work, it is really, really good. Depending on where this goes, it could be up there with AJ/Punk/Bryan and Steen taking over ROH as story line of the year contenders. Joey Ryan deserves a shit-ton of credit for this one as does TNA for allowing him creative control.

What are your thoughts?

Thank you for making it this far.
Crack, out.


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  1. Pudie's Avatar
    This is, 100%, without a shadow of a doubt, I'd put money I don't even have on it, a work.

    "TNA isn't smart enough?"

    Really? The same TNA that is putting out a better product than TNA right now? The same TNA who's had their main event Roode vs Storm story line playing out over a year? The same TNA that had the brilliant idea for the BFG series? The same TNA that used the gut check challenge to get new blood on TV and get viewers behind them right away? The same TNA that made Bully a main eventer and awesome heel, made Abyss entertaining for the first time in years, let Austin Aries be Austin Aries and nail it? TNA is a lot smarter than you give them credit for.

    Additionally, TNA has recently been telling their guys to say whatever the hell they want as long as it's on point. They probably told Ryan those points and let him roll with it because he's proven he's great at doing his own thing in places like PWG.

    Lastly, if it's on TV it's 99% a work. You could argue the live interruption was a work, but when Tazz spends a whole taped segment laying into him that's like a big flashing neon "WORK!" sign.

    I love the hell out of this story, and Joey Ryan is doing a great job of making it believable. But it's totally a work.
  2. Darkside Ron Garvin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Speezy88
    So here's a thought: TNA has A-duoble (Austin Aries) vs Bobby Rude for the TNA heavyweight Title, and the have the X-Division tourney going on at Destination X. There's still spots left to qualify, so what if: Joey Ryan gets a qualifying spot in the X-Divsion tourney, Wins his match at Destination-X and wins the Ultimate X match to become X-division champ, A-Double loses & feuds with Joey Ryan for a few months. Think this is possible?

    I had this same idea all along =)

    http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/commun...nt-happy/page5

    Check out Post #45 & 48

    And BTW - Crack, Lagana is writing now. Not Russo. That's why I do have faith that TNA could definately be behind the who thing and don't put it past thier abilities anymore. You give them a creative staff that knows how to start a story and give it a slow burn, you can pull out magic. Who here seriously thought 3 years ago that an angle between Abyss and Bully Ray would be something the IWC would be talking about in a positive way? Didn't think so.

    Either way, TNA is on a roll and this Ryan thing has been just one more reason why I have continued my 10year dedication to this company. Not everything has been pure gold, but when I get it I feel all the more rewarded for my wait.
    Updated 07-05-2012 at 12:52 PM by Darkside Ron Garvin
  3. YOUcanCALLmeCRACK's Avatar
    Thanks for the coversation everyone.

    Obviously this is a work, I said im wrong in the last paragraph. This is really an indirect way to give props to TNA and thier internet usage. Lets hope they can keep it up.
  4. Lucas Chapel's Avatar
    Do people seriously think this isn't a wotk??
  5. YOUcanCALLmeCRACK's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas Chapel
    Do people seriously think this isn't a wotk??
    I think before last Thursday it was still up in the air but there is no way he would show up not contracted. However, this is really one of the more detailed, in-depth story lines in a long while.
  6. Speezy88's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Darkside Ron Garvin
    I had this same idea all along =)

    http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/commun...nt-happy/page5

    Check out Post #45 & 48

    And BTW - Crack, Lagana is writing now. Not Russo. That's why I do have faith that TNA could definately be behind the who thing and don't put it past thier abilities anymore. You give them a creative staff that knows how to start a story and give it a slow burn, you can pull out magic. Who here seriously thought 3 years ago that an angle between Abyss and Bully Ray would be something the IWC would be talking about in a positive way? Didn't think so.

    Either way, TNA is on a roll and this Ryan thing has been just one more reason why I have continued my 10year dedication to this company. Not everything has been pure gold, but when I get it I feel all the more rewarded for my wait.
    Well I guess great minds think alike I guess I missed that blog and didn't see it, but hey at least I'm not the only one putting 2 and 2 together.
  7. Sahu's Avatar
    So here's a thought: TNA has A-duoble (Austin Aries) vs Bobby Rude for the TNA heavyweight Title, and the have the X-Division tourney going on at Destination X. There's still spots left to qualify, so what if: Joey Ryan gets a qualifying spot in the X-Divsion tourney, Wins his match at Destination-X and wins the Ultimate X match to become X-division champ, A-Double loses & feuds with Joey Ryan for a few months. Think this is possible?
    Quite frankly this will be a one helluva feud...I can't even imagine the mic work these two r going to put in for teh feud...n in main event again we two decent ppl with good all round skills in BMI ( i mean storm n Roode..)
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