Joey Ryan is one of the most popular indie wrestlers of the world. He worked for a while with ROH, Impact Wrestling and the WWE. He isn’t with them right now and has spent most of his career on the indie circuit. He is a co-founder of PWG which is at the moment regarded as the top indie promotion in California.
On the Not Sam Wrestling Podcast, Joey spoke about the current state of the indies: "I do have pride in I guess how I have helped independent wrestling or just booking my own shows: Bar Wrestling out in Los Angeles, having that place for people to work.
Just to keep it growing and keep it interesting and keep independent wrestling healthy," said Ryan. "You have guys like MJF, who is in his early 20s, I know he is with AEW now but these guys who are wrestling they are understanding it sooner, which there are things I didn't understand until I was in my 30s.
So, I feel like even if they are not in the industry already there are people that are training in wrestling school now who haven't even debuted that are going to make a big splash because of all the available openings in independent wrestling." The WWE was interested in signing Joey, but it seems as if he is not interested in joining the promotion.