Highspots Renames Joey Ryan-Related WrestleCon Event, Removes Bar Wrestling Content From Their Library
Joey Ryan was fired from IMPACT Wrestling due to sexual assault allegations and now Highspots is taking action by removing content from their streaming library.
Michael Bochicchio of Highspots says that in addition to Ryan no longer receiving money for the content on their streaming app, his name was also removed from the “Joey Ryan Penis Party” that took place as part of WrestleCon in New York City last year. That event will now be known as the “WrestleCon Penis Party”, and DVDs and downloads will remain on the site for now since Ryan does not earn any money from those sales.
Bochicchio issued the following statement to POST Wrestling after the media company pulled Bar Wrestling and other Joey Ryan-related content from their streaming service.
We ended the agreement as it relates to any future money being paid to Joey, therefore we removed Bar Wrestling from HSWN since Bar Wrestling would have received money based on the number of viewers it attracted.
We did not pull the Joey Ryan Penis Party since Joey was paid a one time fee (last payment was March 2019) to use his name to promote the show, he never saw a penny for sales after the fact (same deal as Janela has with Gamechanger as it relates to Spring Break). However, we will be rebranding that single show as the Wrestlecon Penis Party and we will not be doing any future shows under that name.
WE did not pull the Bar Wrestling DVDS and video downloads off Highspots.com (yet) because we have already paid for that content and nothing related to its sales would go back to Joey. We may choose to remove those things in the future, but since ZERO money is being paid to Joey for those sales, its something I’m comfortable keeping up at this time as I continue to ponder how to handle these issues.