Sunday, November 20th marks the return of the WWE to Madison Square Garden in the midst of the building’s massive renovation for the 25th annual Survivor Series, one of the entertainment brand’s most highly anticipated pay-per-view events each year. The Garden has long played host to many a wrestling spectacle over the past 25 years and Sunday’s legitimately sold out event should be no different. The main event features the return to action of wrestler-turned-action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in his first match in almost eight years, teaming with the face of the WWE, John Cena to take on former MTV reality star The Miz and R-Truth. The undercard his highlighted by WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio defending his title against the renegade, CM Punk, and a traditional Survivor Series match as a team captained by Wade Barrett faces Team Randy Orton in a 5 on 5 elimination contest.
One of the members of Orton’s team, Mason Ryan, was officially called up to the WWE’s main roster in January of this year and will officially be making his Madison Square Garden debut at the Survivor Series. The 6’5” 290 pound Welsh born Ryan is one of the more eye catching performers on the talent roster, primarily because of his massive and chiseled physique. Since beginning his training in 2007, Ryan quickly shot through the independent circuit, landing himself a developmental contract with the WWE, and catapulting himself to the big time in just a few short years. After debuting as a villain as part of CM Punk’s ‘New Nexus’ stable, Ryan seems to be transitioning into more of a fan favorite in the time tested battle of good versus bad guys the world of professional wrestling seems to traditionally convey.
LocalBozo.com caught up with rising WWE Superstar Mason Ryan from his home in Stamford, Connecticut where we talk about his start in wrestling and how the WWE discovered him, his anticipation for Sunday’s Survivor Series event and working in Madison Square Garden for the very first time, reflections on his first full year with the WWE’s main roster, what the return of The Rock and Mick Foley have meant in the locker room, and who behind the scenes has been most instrumental in bringing along Mason Ryan’s persona in and out of the ring.
If you can’t make it out to the Survivor Series on Sunday, you can find out how to order the extravaganza live on pay-per-view here. And if you lost out on tickets for this weekend, the WWE Raw Holiday Tour is returning to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, December 27th, with tickets starting as low as $34. The show is headlined by a Triple Threat Match inside of a Steel Cage with John Cena, CM Punk, and Alberto Del Rio vying for the WWE Championship, and the return to the ring of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, as he takes on Jack Swagger. The Smackdown! brand also headlines a show on December 30th across the pond at the Izod Center. For a three hour live event, with affordable ticket prices, there is simply no better form of live entertainment than seeing the WWE performers in person.
- Jane Van Arsdale