Joey Ryan (real name Joseph R. Meehan) filed a third lawsuit on September 24th, stemming from speaking out accusations, which included wording similar to his two previously filed lawsuits that had a lot of background material on Ryan, his career and social media, before breaking down REDACTED’s allegations against him on social media, while denying that anything non-consensual had ever transpired between the two and alleged that REDACTED and former WWE developmental talent Ryan Nemeth, who was not named as a Defendant in the lawsuit, encouraged violence to be committed on Plaintiff in their social media postings.

The lawsuit noted that on information and belief both REDACTED’s defamatory statement and Nemeth’s response are available to view by any person interested or who happens upon REDACTED’s Twitter timeline, while no statement retracting REDACTED’s defamatory statement or denouncing Nemeth’s statement has been made by REDACTED and that in fact, more threats of violence upon Plaintiff in social networking sites have been made directly or indirectly to Plaintiff. The lawsuit alleges that the Defendant used at least Twitter, including on and in each of her own Twitter subscriptions, accounts, identities, and handles to write, and thereby publish the defamatory statements described above and incorporated by reference herein, which included that (1) Plaintiff assaulted Defendant; (2) Plaintiff committed a sexual battery on Defendant; (3) Plaintiff committed (1) and (2) in a manner that would be considered a felony; (4) Defendant engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff without Defendant’s consent; and/or (5) Defendant was forced by Plaintiff to engage in sexual acts with Plaintiff, forced meaning the use of fear, threat and intimidation.

The lawsuit alleges that on information and belief, Defendant did use other social media websites to write and thereby publish the defamatory statements described above and incorporated by reference herein and that prior to publishing the defamatory statements, Defendant was fully aware that Twitter and the other social media websites used to publish Defendant’s defamatory statements described above and incorporated by reference herein had members and subscribers located worldwide and were connected to the professional wrestling industry, because Defendant was a user, subscriber and account holder of Twitter and had Twitter handles and thus understood how Twitter and social media websites worked. The lawsuit also alleges that prior to publishing the defamatory statements, Defendant was fully aware that Twitter had a membership of approximately in excess of three hundred million persons and that by publishing the defamatory statements, the defamatory statements would be read by hundreds to thousands of Twitter’s membership, because Defendant was a user, subscriber and account holder of Twitter and had Twitter handles and thus understood how Twitter and social media websites worked and that prior to publishing the defamatory statements, Defendant was fully aware that publishing the defamatory statements described above and incorporated by reference herein would reach the eyes and ears of at least hundreds to thousands of persons and that after Defendant did publish the defamatory statements described above and incorporated by reference herein that the published defamatory statements did reach the eyes and ears of at least hundreds to thousands of persons, because Defendant was a user, subscriber and account holder of Twitter and had Twitter handles and thus understood how Twitter and social media websites worked.

The lawsuit alleges that Defendant published the defamatory statements described above and incorporated by reference herein fully aware that Plaintiff lived in Los Angeles, California and that Plaintiff was a professional wrestler and promoter in the State of California and that Defendant was fully aware that Plaintiff was a principal of Bar Wrestling and that Bar Wrestling promoted wrestling matches in bars in Los Angeles, California. The lawsuit alleges that Defendant was fully aware that Defendant’s defamatory statements described above and incorporated by reference herein would cause a negative effect on Plaintiff as a professional wrestler and wrestling promoter, i.e. Defendant intended that the defamatory statements would prevent Plaintiff from practicing as a professional wrestler and further wrestling promotions and that in addition, Defendant was fully aware that because of the defamatory statements, Plaintiff’s reputation would be damaged in the community in California and the virtual community located in the worldwide web that were related to Plaintiff’s as a professional wrestler and wrestling promoter.

The lawsuit notes that it was, is and has always been untrue and false that (1) Plaintiff assaulted Defendant; (2) Plaintiff committed a sexual battery on Defendant; (3) Plaintiff committed (1) and (2) in a manner that would be considered a felony; (4) Defendant engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff without Defendant’s consent; and/or (5) Defendant was forced by Plaintiff to engage in sexual acts with Plaintiff, forced meaning the use of fear, threat and intimidation, that Defendant’s defamatory statements were not privileged and Plaintiff did not consent to the publication of the defamatory statements and that Plaintiff in fact implored Defendant to stop the publication of the defamatory statements with Defendant responding by repeating more statements that (1) Plaintiff assaulted Defendant; (2) Plaintiff committed a sexual battery on Defendant; (3) Plaintiff committed (1) and (2) in a manner that would be considered a felony; (4) Defendant engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff without Defendant’s consent; and/or (5) Defendant was forced by Plaintiff to engage in sexual acts with Plaintiff, forced meaning the use of fear, threat and intimidation. The lawsuit also alleges that prior to publishing the defamatory statements, the Defendant knew and otherwise were fully aware that the defamatory statements were not true, that prior to publishing the defamatory statements, Defendant acted in reckless disregard for the truth in the defamatory statements by not conducting any diligence, inquiry and investigation as to whether or not the defamatory statements were true or false and that prior to publishing the defamatory statements, the Defendant failed to use reasonable care to determine the truth or falsity in the defamatory statements by not conducting diligence, inquiry and investigation as to whether or not the defamatory statements were true or false.

The lawsuit notes that the hundreds to thousands of person who did read the Defendant’s defamatory statements on Twitter and other social media websites understood the defamatory statements to be of and concerning Plaintiff and were understood by the hundreds to thousands of persons to mean that (1) Plaintiff assaulted Defendant; (2) Plaintiff committed a sexual battery on Defendant; (3) Plaintiff committed (1) and (2) in a manner that would be considered a felony; (4) Defendant engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff without Defendant’s consent; and/or (5) Defendant was forced by Plaintiff to engage in sexual acts with Plaintiff, forced meaning the use of fear, threat and intimidation and that because of the facts and circumstances that were known to the hundreds to thousands of readers of the defamatory statements, including that Plaintiff was a professional wrestler and wrestling promoter in California, (1) The defamatory statements tended to injure Plaintiff as a professional wrestler and wrestling promoter, and otherwise injure Plaintiff whether or not as a professional wrestler and wrestling promoter; (2) The defamatory statements exposed Plaintiff to hatred, contempt, ridicule and shame by (1) persons residing in California; (2) persons involved and interested in professional wrestling and wrestling promotions; and (3) those person using the worldwide web interested in Plaintiff, professional wrestling and wrestling promotions; and (4) The defamatory statements discouraged others from associating or dealing with Plaintiff.

The lawsuit alleges that the Defendant knew that the listeners and readers of the defamatory statements would be compelled to republish the defamatory statements to others by word of mouth, electronic communication and through social media websites and that the persons who did hear and did read the defamatory statements did republish the defamatory statements to others, because Defendant was a user, subscriber and account holder of Twitter and had Twitter handles and thus understood how Twitter and social media websites worked. The lawsuit also alleges that Defendant’s defamatory statements caused Plaintiff to lose employment and income, that Defendant’s defamatory statements caused Plaintiff’s California and virtual community to shun him, avoid him and hate him and further caused Plaintiff’s California and virtual community to stop being his friend, stop following him or otherwise end any and all connection and association to Plaintiff, that Plaintiff’s personal and professional reputation were harmed as a result of the Defendant’s defamatory statements and such reputation is continuing to be harmed, because Defendant continues to make the same defamatory statements as described and continues to permit the defamatory statements to go viral on social media websites and that Plaintiff suffered reputational and financial harm to his businesses, professions and occupations as a result of the defamatory statements.

Ryan has requested a jury trial and is seeking $200,000 per month in economic damages, starting from June 21st based on his loss of revenue from performing as a professional wrestler, his loss of merchandise sales, the shuttering of his Bar Wrestling promotion, the loss of his Cameo and Twitch revenue and his loss of other revenue streams and is seeking $5,000,000 in non-economic damages from REDACTED. Ryan has also asked the court to order an injunction permanently restraining and enjoining Defendant as set forth in Claim VII including: (1) Preventing Defendant from making and publishing the defamatory statements or any iteration of the defamatory statements as set forth above and herein; (2) Ordering Defendant to retract the defamatory statements as set forth above and herein; (3) Ordering Defendant to direct any and all websites that Defendant posted the defamatory statements as set forth above and herein to delete the defamatory statements; (4) Award Plaintiff his actual damages; (5) Award Plaintiff his costs, investigatory fees and expenses to the fullest extent provided by law; (6) Award punitive and exemplary damages against Defendant and in favor of Plaintiff in the sum of $10,000,000 by reason of Defendants’ and each of them, malice, hatred, ill-will, despicable and intentional acts; and that awarding Plaintiff such additional and further relief as the Court deems just and proper.