Disneyland Fires Joey Ryan – After a recent photo surfaced online of Joey Ryan working at Disneyland, it has now been confirmed that the 42-year-old has been fired.
According to the LA Times, Ryan — real name Joseph Meehan — had been working on the Jungle Cruise attraction at the theme park in Anaheim, California. It is said that he worked at the “Happiest Place on Earth” for three months on a probationary period, but the organization did not decide to hire him as a full-time member of staff.
“Mr. Meehan is no longer employed by us,” a Disneyland spokesperson said in a brief statement. Disneyland did not elaborate on why they did not hire him as a full-time employee.
Disneyland officials say that their background check did not alert them about the sexual misconduct allegations made by wrestlers during the “Speaking Out” movement. Meehan has denied the allegations and we are not aware of any charges brought forward. The Times reports that while Meehan filed libel and slander lawsuits against the women who accused him, the lawsuits were either dismissed or not pursued by Meehan. Meehan’s attorney, Joe Utzurrman, said that there is a federal court case pending.
Ryan was called out in 2020 during the damning “Speaking Out” movement that saw a plethora of brave individuals share their shocking and distressing stories about abuse within the wrestling industry. In particular, Ryan was accused of sexual misconduct and harassment involving a number of women. Though denying he played a role in the accusations against him, Ryan has seemingly been expelled from the business, with his last recorded match taking place the same year as he was accused — against Crazzy Steve for Impact Wrestling, before his release from the promotion.
After the allegations came out, Ryan filed a number of lawsuits against his accusers and his former employer, Impact Wrestling. Although he won a default judgment against one of his accusers in January 2021, several others were dropped or dismissed, but he reportedly kept the Impact lawsuit open. Ryan also said that he had been seeking help by attending Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous meetings.