Independent wrestler Joey Ryan (real name Joseph R. Meehan) filed a lawsuit last month in Nashville, Tennessee against IMPACT Wrestling’s parent company, Anthem Wrestling LLC, alleging that the company breached his contract when they released him in the wake of a number of allegations voiced against him on social media, according to a report from PWInsider.com, who note that this would be the sixth known lawsuit that Ryan has filed in recent weeks.

The report notes that in the five page lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Davidson Count, Tennessee on September 15th against Anthem Wrestling, Ryan stated that he signed a contract on September 1st, 2019 that was slated to run through August 31st, 2021, but that contract was breached when IMPACT Wrestling Executive Scott D’Amore e-mailed Ryan on June 22nd to inform him that the company was no longer going to be booking him due to recent allegations and that Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions LLC/IMPACT Wrestling would be making a public statement to this effect shortly. Ryan, following that e-mail, received a formal release notice, signed by Anthem Wrestling Ed Nordholm the same day, June 22nd, notifiying him that the end of his contract was being amended to June 22nd, 2020, thereby releasing him and that that was followed by a public statement made by the company that they had terminated him.

The report adds that Ryan’s lawsuit does not divulge in to the the reasoning as to why he was released by IMPACT Wrestling, but instead focuses on the allegations that Anthem Wrestling breached its contract with him via Anthem Wrestling failed to perform as guaranteed in the express language of the contract by failing to follow and abide by the terms prescribed in Article VIII, term and termination, that Anthem Wrestling failed to perform as guaranteed by failing to adhere to the express terms prescribed in Section 8.03 (a)-(i). The report notes that Ryan’s filing included a copy of his 23-page contract with the company and that the aforementioned section is titled ‘Termination by Promoter in the Event of Breach’, noting ‘Promoter shall have the right, in its sole discretion to terminate this agreement, or suspend this agreement for up to 3 months, both as to services and compensation.

The report states that the section then specifically listed a number of potential causes for action to be taken by the company against a talent, including a sub-section that features the following, “(g) Wrestler commits any act with Promoter believes, in its reasonable business judgment, would damage Wrestler’s or Promoter’s reputation and/or that of its affiliate, licensees, or assigns or otherwise damages the value or integrity of the Programs, the Works or the Merchandise of which could subject Wrestler to criminal prosecution; (h) Wrestler commits any act (other than in character in accordance with direction provided to Wrestler by Promoter’s Creative team) which places or could place Wrestler or Promoter (or any of its affiliates) in a patently negative light; or (i) Any instance of a violation for which Wrestler has already received a warning, reprimand or notification therof, provided, however, that in the case of a breach under paragraphs (a), (b), (f), (g),or (h), Promoter shall provide Wrestler with written notice of breach and a 5 day cure period. If the Wrestler is unable to cure such breach after the expiration of the foregoing cure period despite the exercise of diligent efforts to cure same, then the Parties shall make good faith efforts for a period of not less than thirty (30) days to work together in good faith to resolve the matter, failing which Promoter shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement upon the expiry of such additional thirty (30) day period. In the event of the suspension and/or termination of the Term of this Agreement (or promoter’s obligations hereunder) Promoter shall have no further obligation to Wrestler hereunder (during such suspension and/or following such termination, as applicable) subject only to Promoter’s obligation to pay royalties and to compensate Wrestler for services fully performers prior to the date of termination. Promoter shall not be deemed to be in breach of any of its obligations under this Agreement unless and until Promoter shall have received written notice from Wrestler (specifying in detail the alleged breach and making specific reference to this paragraph and shall have failed to cure such alleged breach within thirty (30) days thereof.”

The report notes that since Ryan’s lawsuit specifically points to this section of the contract, that it would appear that he is arguing that if IMPACT Wrestling felt that he breached their contract agreement with him, then by the letter of the agreement that both sides entered, they should have informed him of the issue in writing and given him a five day period in which to resolve the issue that they feel that he breached and then, if he was unable to do so, the parties would have thirty days to attempt to work out a resolution before IMPACT would have had the actual right to terminate Ryan’s contract with the company and that by not following that procedure, Ryan is alleging that due to Anthem Wrestling’s actions, he has suffered substantial monetary damage to his income, as well as damage to his reputation. Ryan is seeking a judgment of $10 million against Anthem Wrestling due to damages he has suffered, which were caused by Defendant’s actions and is also requesting that he be awarded reasonable attorney fees for the prosecution of this cause and that all costs be covered by the Defendant, Anthem Wrestling, while he is also asking for any further and general relief that the court may rule he is entitled.

The report added that court records indicate that Anthem Wrestling were served on September 24th in Nashville, Tennessee and have 30 days to file their defense in response to the lawsuit, but that as of this writing, have not yet responded.