JOEY RYAN WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS
Name
Joey Ryan
Real Name
Joseph Meehan
Date of Birth
November 7, 1979
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2000
Brock Lesnar
For those of you that missed Monday Night Raw this week, Brock Lesnar made his much anticipated return to WWE and challenged John Cena at Summerslam 2014 for the world heavyweight championship. The story is that Paul Heyman convinced Triple H to go with Plan C because it was the best chance at getting the strap away from Cena.
July 22, 2014
Bobby Lashley
Based on all the moves that they have been making as of late, it seems that Dixie Carter and her company are hellbent on generating big numbers at these upcoming shows in New York City. TNA just announced that Jeff Hardy will be challenging Bobby Lashley for the world heavyweight championship at one of the shows. Both guys have name value thanks to their time in WWE.
June 21, 2014
Bobby Lashley
A big reason why Bobby Lashley was given the TNA World Heavyweight Championship this week is because he is viewed as a marketing asset. The company immediately sent out a press release to inform them that Lashley had become the new champion. TNA is touting his accomplishments as a collegiate athlete, military personnel, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling to the media.
June 20, 2014
Austin Aries
Since MVP has a badly injured knee, TNA decided to change up the main event of Slammiversary 2014. Eric Young will still be defending the world heavyweight championship in a steel cage at the event, but he's now going to be doing so against two opponents. The winners of the respective matches between Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley, Kenny King and Austin Aries will be challenging Young for the belt.
June 13, 2014
Chris Jericho
During a recent podcast interview with Chris Jericho, MVP revealed that he was going to try to fight through the knee injury and work Slammiversary 2014. The former United States Heavyweight Champion is scheduled to challenge Eric Young for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at the pay per view. Management is still working on a backup plan in case his knee does not hold up, however.
June 11, 2014
Brie Bella
During the Payback 2014 pay per view, WWE did a segment where Stephanie McMahon demanded that Daniel Bryan make a decision about the world heavyweight championship. Instead of him giving up the belt that he chased for so long, Brie Bella told Stephanie that she was quitting WWE. Brie then gave a big slap to Stephanie. The belief is that Brie will be given some time off of television.
June 1, 2014
Eric Young
Slammiversary 2014 takes place later on this month, and the main event might be in jeopardy. Originally, Eric Young was scheduled to defend the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against MVP, but the challenger suffered some sort of knee injury while working an independent wrestling show in England over the weekend. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but MVP was limping pretty badly.
June 1, 2014
Eric Young
For those of you that do not watch Impact Wrestling on a regular basis, MVP has done a heel turn. The former United States Heavyweight Champion has also given himself a shot at Eric Young and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary 2014 as well. Management pulled the trigger on the move, as they feel that MVP could be more valuable as an antagonist.
May 9, 2014
Eric Young
Since he is now the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Eric Young is being given a bit of a gimmick change, as management wants to move him further away from the comedic character that he has portraying over the years. TNA wants fans to believe that Young is a credible champion. His Monster's Ball match against Abyss on Impact Wrestling was to aid that.
April 19, 2014
Bret Hart
During an interview session with fans in Manchester this week, Bret Hart revealed that Vince McMahon promised him a five year title reign back in 1992, where the idea was to get fans to believe in professional wrestling again. He did receive a world heavyweight championship reign, but it was nowhere near that duration.
March 25, 2014
Brutus Magnus
It has now been officially announced that Samoa Joe and Brutus Magnus will be headlining TNA Lockdown 2014 in a match for the world heavyweight championship. Joe recently requested a bigger role in the company, and management is honoring that request. Plus, this has been a program that was set up a long time ago in the story lines.
February 8, 2014
Bully Ray
On the Destination X edition of Impact Wrestling in Kentucky, Chris Sabin shocked the wrestling world by defeating Bully Ray to capture the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The belief is that it will be a short reign, as management has been wanting to reward him for quite some time now.
July 18, 2013
Judas Mesias

After years of making a name for himself internationally, Judas Mesias has finally made his debut in TNA. At No Surrender 2007, he cut his way out from under the ring and pulled down Abyss, who had just lost to Kurt Angle in a world heavyweight championship match.

September 9, 2007
Triple H

On Monday Night Raw, general manager Eric Bischoff created the World Heavyweight Championship and awarded it to Triple H, who becomes the first person to hold this particular belt.

September 2, 2002
Goldberg
In a move that caused the live audience at the Georgia Dome to explode, Goldberg defeated Hulk Hogan to capture the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on an episode of Monday Nitro. Fans had been clamoring for the moment, as management has been giving Goldberg a dominant push over the last several months.
July 6, 1998
Masahiro Chono
While defending the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, Masahiro Chono suffered a serious neck injury when Steve Austin botched a pile driver spot. While the initial reaction is that it is a potentially a career ending incident, there are still some that believe that he can make a return in just a few months.
September 23, 1992
Joey Ryan
Over the last couple of months, Joey Ryan has grown increasingly vocal about his tryout and dealings with WWE. While he does harbor some resentment towards Bill DeMott, he showed gratitude and respect towards William Regal, who asked him to move to Florida and work as a trainer in the developmental system for the company.
March 5, 2014
Joey Ryan
On the weekends, Joey Ryan gets into the ring and beats up on opponents on the independent wrestling circuit. The former TNA star is now picking up another job. He is going to be putting more of his focus on a modeling career. Ryan revealed on Twitter that he has signed with Peak Models, an agency based in Los Angeles.
February 14, 2014
Joey Ryan
While her character has not been utilized as much lately on Impact Wrestling, Brooke Tessmacher is keeping herself busy. The TNA Knockout was in New York City this weekend, helping to host a party for FWE, an independent wrestling promotion known for bringing in big name performers. Tommy Dreamer, Joey Ryan, Robbie E and Rosita are also at the event.
February 9, 2014
Joey Ryan
While it appears that his bridge with WWE has been burnt, Joey Ryan is keeping the door open with TNA. He recently stated that he would love to be back on Impact Wrestling again. He is being booked pretty often on the independent wrestling circuit, but TNA would provide him with more exposure.
February 6, 2014
John Cena
Rumors are floating around that the segment on Monday Night Raw between John Cena and Ric Flair was a subtle way for WWE to retire the world heavyweight championship belt. For those that missed it, Cena handed the belt over to Flair and told the legendary performer to keep it. WWE has not released an official statement on the matter yet, so fans will be tuning in to Smackdown and WWE Battleground 2014 to see the fate of the belt.
July 15, 2014
Bobby Lashley
Prior to his injury, there were plans in place to have MVP winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Eric Young. Since the company needed a heel champion to be the antagonist against Kurt Angle and his new on screen authority role, the belt went to Bobby Lashley instead. There are talks that TNA could try to figure out how to transfer the belt over to MVP soon.
July 5, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Rumors going around right now has WWE giving the world heavyweight championship to a heel at Money in the Bank 2014. The belief is that the company will set someone up to feud with John Cena and Daniel Bryan over the next few months. Antonio Cesaro has been rumored for a few weeks now, but some are skeptical of that because he hasn't been given a ton of momentum by WWE. Management will either hot shot the belt to Bray Wyatt or go with the safe route in Randy Orton.
June 16, 2014
Brutus Magnus
In the main event of TNA Sacrifice 2014, Eric Young was able to defeat Brutus Magnus to retain the world heavyweight championship. Young scored the pin fall victory after delivering two piledrivers and a top rope elbow drop. During the match, Magnus attempted to cheat by using a weapon to win the TNA title back, but the referee caught him.
April 27, 2014
Eric Young
Rumors have it that people backstage in WWE are amused by the fact that TNA put their world heavyweight championship around the waist of Eric Young. It is not so much a shot at Young, as many in the industry feel that he is a good worker and a nice person. The ridicule is more about how TNA went about with the story line of crowning him as champion.
April 19, 2014
Eric Young
Rumors have it that another reason why TNA gave the world heavyweight championship to Eric Young was to keep him from joining Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling. Young and Jarrett have a long history together, and they remain on very good terms. Since he is a very good worker and well liked backstage, TNA would much rather he stay with them long term.
April 18, 2014
Eric Young
A message on Twitter from Mick Foley, where the WWE legend congratulates Eric Young on winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
April 18, 2014
Bobby Roode
If TNA decides to keep the belt on Eric Young for the long term, an idea which is being tossed around backstage because of his marketing value at the moment, then management is going to push Bobby Roode up as a challenger for the world heavyweight championship. There are still talks of Brutus Magnus recapturing the belt at TNA Sacrifice 2014.
April 14, 2014
Brutus Magnus
A video of Eric Young winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Brutus Magnus on Impact Wrestling this week.
April 13, 2014
Eric Young
While fans are shocked that Eric Young has captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, there are actually a couple of reasons why management went this route. For starters, they wanted to reward Young for his years of loyalty to the company. Secondly, they want to capitalize a bit on his mainstream success as of late.
April 12, 2014
Eric Young
On Impact Wrestling last night, Eric Young shocked the world when he captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Here is a picture of the staff at Animal Planet, the network where Young hosts a fishing show, supporting their favorite wrestler.
April 11, 2014
Hulk Hogan
A video of Hulk Hogan making his return to Smackdown. WWE asked the legendary former world heavyweight championship to make an addition television appearance this week to promote Wrestlemania 30.
April 6, 2014
Batista
"For some reason I think people thought that I didn't like Daniel Bryan or I had this personal thing. I said a comment, I had one comment about him when he first won the world heavyweight championship and I was like, I was in shock and I said, 'Okay.' Because I just didn't get it. The reason I didn't get it because it was too soon and that's my personal opinion. I felt it was way too soon and they did that constantly over and over. I thought they, they just slap the title on people like, way too fast. It's like, I think sometimes that they used the title, I might get a little grief for saying it, sometimes I think they use the title to get guys over. I thought it just, they did it, it was premature. I never had a problem with him being you know, World Heavyweight Champion, I just thought that they did it way too fast. Years ago, before everybody was you know on his jock, when they wanted me to job him out, and I was like, 'Hell no.' He's just too good. He had been coming around for years and I could never figure out why they didn't give him a job, but he had come out and they wanted me to work a match with him, and squash him and I was like, 'No, not gonna happen.' He's way too good man, we could have a good match, and we did. I mean we gave 'em a version of what they wanted, but we gave 'em a hell of a match." - Batista discusses his backstage heat with Daniel Bryan
April 1, 2014
Bobby Roode
A picture of the official Slammiversary 2014 poster, which features Brutus Magnus as the centerpiece attraction. Behind him are Bobby Roode, Jeff Hardy, MVP and Kurt Angle, which has led to speculations that TNA could be doing a big world heavyweight championship match featuring all five of the performers.
March 26, 2014
Takeshi Morishima
A video of the GHC World Heavyweight Championship match between Takeshi Morishima and Yuji Nagata at Pro Wrestling NOAH event.
March 22, 2014
Kurt Angle
As many already know, Kurt Angle has been sidelined after going in for knee surgery. The former world heavyweight championship actually had to pull out of TNA Lockdown 2014 in order to get his leg repaired. Angle has revealed that the recovery is going well, and the belief is that he should be back on the road with TNA in April.
March 19, 2014
Brutus Magnus
Internally, TNA is hoping that they can build up Gunner over the next several months, so that he can become a title challenger for Brutus Magnus and the world heavyweight championship. His program with James Storm and fantastic match at TNA Lockdown 2014 helped increase his credibility in the eyes of the fans. Management will be doing more of that as well.
March 15, 2014
Brutus Magnus
A video preview of the big world heavyweight championship match between Samoa Joe and Brutus Magnus that will be taking place at TNA Lockdown 2014 this weekend.
March 9, 2014
Brutus Magnus
The belief right now is that Kurt Angle will be the next performer to challenge Brutus Magnus for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He is currently involved in a program with Samoa Joe, and the plan appears to be for Magnus to retain and move on. It also appears that Angle will be putting over Magnus as well.
February 18, 2014
Brutus Magnus

After weeks of teasing the move, the James Storm heel turn has finally happened. Impact Wrestling is being taped right now, and the long time TNA star turned on Gunner as he was challenging Brutus Magnus for the world heavyweight championship.

January 31, 2014
Jay Lethal
A picture of Joey Ryan and Jay Lethal hanging out in New Orleans during Wrestlemania 30 week.
April 19, 2014
Bill DeMott
While several wrestlers have already signed up for the WWE Network, Joey Ryan refuses and posted this message on Twitter to explain why performers should not spend money on such things. Ryan made headlines recently when he made some highly critical comments about the WWE developmental program and Bill DeMott.
February 26, 2014
Joey Ryan
Despite having a lot of charisma, Joey Ryan was not signed to a developmental contract by WWE after his tryout match against Great Khali last year. He has now revealed that management informed him that they were not picking him up because he had recently left TNA. It was too soon for them to bring him on board, despite the fact that he would not be on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown for a while.
February 20, 2014
Shanna
This rather interesting picture was posted on Twitter this weekend by Joey Ryan, where he has Shanna, who is rumored to be signing with TNA soon, by the hair and on her knees. He joked on the social media site that she bit his penis.
February 10, 2014
Joey Ryan

Another name that could be joining Jeff Jarrett and his rumored new wrestling promotion is Joey Ryan. While his stint in TNA didn't result in a major push for the longtime independent wrestling star, he did manage to impress quite a few people in the industry.

February 4, 2014
Bill DeMott

"Another thing Bill DeMott said at the WWE camp is that WWE retrained Daniel Bryan or he wouldn't be as good as he is today."

January 15, 2014
Joey Ryan

"At the WWE camp, Bill DeMott said nobody on the indies is as good as NXT guys. I'd LOVE to debate Bill DeMott on what he thinks "good wrestling" is."

January 15, 2014
John Laurinaitis

"Right. I think he, and I'm not inside his head, but for whatever reason I hear from a lot of guys that he has a little chip on his shoulder about certain guys. I think, it's one of those things where he always wanted guys to be on their defenses around him and I never really was because I was really comfortable there, especially when I got WWE agents that were putting me over to him, members of creative and stuff like that. So I was always comfortable because I knew I had all these people that were putting me over to him, so I think he kind of didn't like that. I don't know him personally. I haven't talked to him more than this interview backstage kind of thing, but I always got the feeling that he was upset about how un-nervous or how comfortable I was there and not like a yes sir, no sir kind of thing. It's his prerogative or whatever. He was in charge. So, for whatever reason it was, he just never, he always kind of had a chip on his shoulder towards me."

December 21, 2013
Joey Ryan

"That was through David Lagana, who is a writer at TNA, because I worked with him in Ring of Honor and in Championship Wrestling From Hollywood here in LA. And then he got hired on to be a writer on the Ring Ka King project, which is like TNA's sister project in India, and they were looking for guys. He actually had an idea that he used a couple times in Championship Wrestling From Hollywood where teamed me and Nunzio up as kind of like a Hollywood and Broadway kind of thing, different coast kind of thing, the same kind of swarmy characters, so he brought that to the India show and I was able to wrestle in front of a lot of guys in the offices of TNA that had never seen me wrestle before and then when they were doing the Gut Check stuff at TNA they were looking at guys on the independents to bring in and do it. They already had footage of me that they owned from Ring Ka King and I think Al Snow got to watch it and Bruce Prichard got to watch it and they decided that they would use me on Gut Check."

December 18, 2013
Joey Ryan

When he first started out as an independent wrestler in southern California, Joey Ryan went by the name of Joey Shadow and he utilized a gothic gimmick.

November 18, 2013
Joey Ryan

Joey Ryan playfully made fun of himself on Twitter for enjoying girly drinks.

November 8, 2013
MVP
With a lot of fans going on social media and proclaiming the death of his company, MVP has become quite vocal in defense of TNA. The former United States Heavyweight Champion has been telling people that the company will continue to churn through. He is under the belief that a new television deal will be worked out before the end of the year.
August 1, 2014
Travis Tyler
When Vince McMahon announced that they were releasing seven percent of their workforce due to the under performing WWE Network, many within the company feared for their jobs. Today, five developmental wrestlers were given their releases. Garrett Dylan, Travis Tyler, Slate Randall, Mac Miles and Dani Jackson are no longer under contract with WWE.
August 1, 2014
Zema Ion
While many fans are expecting TNA to cease operations in the near future, the company is going against the grain by signing several wrestlers to contract extensions. Today, the company announced that Zema Ion has been signed to a new multiple year deal. The belief is that the company is also hoping to lock down more performers before the year ends.
July 31, 2014
Vince McMahon
Yesterday, rumors were floating around that Vince McMahon was going to cut approximately ten percent of his workforce in order to save WWE from losing more money. Today, the company has confirmed that the massive layoffs are indeed taking place, but the percentage is seven, which is still a lot of jobs being taken away. No word yet on when or which departments these releases will be taking place, however.
July 31, 2014
Jesse Ventura
While a lot of people have been quick to be judgmental about the lawsuit, Jesse Ventura has publicly stated that he has no regrets about suing the widow of a deceased Navy SEAL member for defamation. The fabricated story told by Chris Kyle caused the WWE legend to lose millions of dollars, so Ventura felt justified in trying to recoup some of that money.
July 31, 2014
Ric Flair
While a lot of fans are enjoying the sight of a legendary performer being at the WWE live events, Ric Flair has been receiving really poor reviews on his performance as a special guest referee. Many fans have pointed out that the former world heavyweight champion is simply hanging out by the ropes. It is also being said that he is really slow to get down in position to count the pin.
July 31, 2014
Vince McMahon
When the WWE Network first launched, the belief was that there were going to be quite a bit of people who canceled their subscription after the six month commitment expired. Apparently, some people could not wait that long to leave. Several subscribers have found various ways to end their commitment to the WWE Network. A lot of people have discovered that they can simply quit paying Vince McMahon.
July 31, 2014
Vince McMahon
Some really bad news was announced by Vince McMahon and company today. The official subscribers count for the WWE Network is only sitting at 700,000. There are rumors floating around that the company is rounding up. The online service actually lost some customers, despite the six month commitment being in place. Apparently, some found various ways out of the deal.
July 31, 2014
Low Ki
Those that watch Impact Wrestling already know that Low Ki is back with TNA. The former X Division Champion has also been added to the official roster page on their website. Reports are now surfacing that Low Ki isn't just back as a wrestler. He's also working as a backstage agent for the entire X division, which means that he will be in charge of scripting the stories and the matches.
July 31, 2014
Dixie Carter
While rumors of their demise are swirling rapidly around the promotion, TNA has opted to continue with business. Dixie Carter has announced that the company has signed Chris Melendez to a multiple year contract. The Purple Heart award recipient only has one leg because of injuries suffered while serving the country in Afghanistan. The move should bring about some positive press for TNA.
July 30, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
A day before the company is expected to eliminate a lot of jobs, WWE has come to terms on the release of Ricardo Rodriguez, who stated that the decision belonged to him. The former manager of Alberto Del Rio reiterated that he wanted to be an in ring performer again. Rodriguez had been training in developmental in hopes that management would finally give him a chance. When that opportunity appeared dismal, he opted to move on to the next chapter of his career.
July 30, 2014
Brock Lesnar
The rumors about Brock Lesnar beating John Cena at Summerslam 2014 for the WWE Championship are escalating even further today, as it has now been revealed that the former UFC Heavyweight Champion has signed on to do a couple of more episodes of Monday Night Raw. The belief is that he will be making more appearances to promote the upcoming Night of Champions 2014.
July 30, 2014
Sheamus
There are some interesting rumors floating around right now that Sheamus could be cast to portray Darth Vader in the upcoming Star Wars movie. A publication in Ireland is even running with the story. It has been noted that Sheamus has portrayed the character before during promotional tours, which more than likely took place before he became a WWE star. Sheamus himself has mentioned the rumor on his Twitter account and even teased that it might be true.
July 30, 2014
Vince Russo
Through Twitter, Vince Russo revealed that he was completely done with TNA now. He stated that the company had asked him to take a break, but he opted to leave instead. There had been rumors floating around that he was secretly working for the company, and this basically confirms that the rumors were indeed true. The belief among fans is that Russo's involvement played a part in Spike not renewing Impact Wrestling.
July 30, 2014
Big E Langston
For a short period of time there, Titus ONeil had his name linked to rumors that he was joining Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston in their new stable. However, it looks like he has been crossed off the list of candidates. ONeil has now been penciled in as a permanent tag team with Heath Slater, who was left with nothing to do when WWE released Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre.
July 29, 2014
Heath Slater
When Heath Slater and Titus ONeil teamed up on an episode of Smackdown earlier this month, many fans assumed that WWE had just thrown two guys together for the sake of the match. However, it looks like it could become a permanent thing, as management has gone through the trouble of giving them an official name. Slater and ONeil are now known as Slater Gators.
July 29, 2014
Dixie Carter
While a lot of fans bashed TNA for paying big bucks to Hulk Hogan over the years, his true value is coming out as Dixie Carter is having some trouble trying to secure a new television deal for Impact Wrestling. Hogan's name value helped open a lot of doors in business for the company, and his absence has made it a bit harder to sell networks on their product.
July 29, 2014
Bret Hart
Smith Hart has managed to make headlines again, and it's still for all the wrong reasons. The older brother of Bret Hart publicly bashed Vince Russo on Twitter. He claims that Russo was the one that murdered Owen Hart in WWE. Smith Hart is also challenging Russo to a real life fight. He is attempting to make it seem reasonable by offering to donate the proceeds to charity.
July 29, 2014
Dixie Carter
Since rumors broke out about Spike TV canceling Impact Wrestling, TNA officials had to react quickly to prevent their performers from panicking. Dixie Carter and her staff sent out emails to the wrestlers to let them know that the rumors were not true. She reiterated to the crew that negotiations were still ongoing with the network, and the show should remain on television.
July 29, 2014
Batista
While doing an interview with the Huffington Post to promote his upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Batista discussed a few topics regarding WWE. He surprisingly decided to bash the company for their decision to have Brock Lesnar end the Undertaker winning streak at Wrestlemania 30. Batista stated that it made no sense for WWE to go that route.
July 29, 2014