Photo of Joey Ryan via ImpactWrestling.com.
Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling is trying to revolutionize the pro wrestling business by turning its weekly television show, Impact, into a glorified reality program. They're doing so by introducing new segments like "Gutcheck," a concept not all that unlike Tough Enough.
A contestant comes down for a match, gets his time to impress the panel of judges, gets to cut a promo to impress them one last time, then they vote to determine whether or not he gets a contract with the promotion. As a stand alone show, this would work fine but they do this live on Impact.
The segments are littered with insider terms and you have to wade through the nonsense of "everything else is fake except this, this is real." The execution is done relatively well but the concept has no place on a live wrestling show, especially when dealing with a company whose slogan reads, "Where Wrestling Matters."
Last week on Impact, Joey Ryan was given a shot at Gutcheck. He wrestled a decent match while working a 70s porn star gimmick whereby he would rest in the corner with his crotch sticking out. It was actually mostly funny and he was a solid worker.
During deliberations, though, the panel of judges -- which consisted of Bruce Prichard, Al Snow, and Tazz -- blasted Ryan for a variety of things. Prichard didn't like that he's been in the business for a decade and hasn't gotten anywhere, so he voted no. Snow just didn't like him overall but recognized his potential, so he voted yes. When it got to Tazz, he told Ryan to cut a promo, he did, Tazz hated it and proceeded to verbally dress him down before telling him to "go hump the road and come back better."
Now, Ryan is back with a YouTube video cutting a big promo on TNA, Prichard, Snow, and Tazz, blasting them for how they handled the Gutcheck segment and calling them out for various issues. Here's a sample:
"You have three guys who have never drawn main event money in their life telling Joey Ryan that he can't draw main event money. Tazz, I know you're a two time world heavyweight champion, but let's be honest, ECW was a glorified indie fed. I've wrestled in VFW Halls that outdrew ECW shows."
It's actually a damn good promo and I encourage you to watch it after the jump.