Ryan Hunter has been on a roller coaster ride in his very young career.
In 2012, he started training at the former XWA academy under the tutelage of Johnny Phere.
Ryan showed passion for the business and watched countless hours of independent wrestling, looking for ideas and subtle things the wrestler would do, as a way of helping himself improve. However, Ryan’s appearance led to him being forgotten at the back of the class.
Being 18 stone always led to Ryan being judged before he’d had a chance to show what he could do. And with taller, or more athletic, or stronger guys like Shaun Vasey, Laird Grayson, and Craig Kollins kept getting opportunities, Ryan was handed the camera and asked to film their trainee matches.
This appeared to be as far as Ryan would get in wrestling. Not in the ring, but watching from the outside.
Ryan’s confidence shrank, and his desire to be a star seemed to be gone too.
At War on the Shore on April 18th, 2015, Bubblegum slapped the cameraman. Which to many seemed like just another example of Bubblegum being the troublemaker he is, but to those who knew the lad he slapped, it was extra demeaning.
This act seemed to push Ryan even further into his shell, as he didn’t say much to anyone, he just filmed the shows and left.
Then Bubblegum went too far. At “All or Nothing” he brutally attacked Ryan and left the young cameraman needing medical attention.
Many feared that this would cause Ryan to quit filming the shows altogether – and maybe it would have done – had Bubblegum not challenged Ryan to a fight.
Ryan got back into training. He hit the gym hard. He changed his diet and lost over 4 stone before stepping in the ring to face one of the UK’s best in what was essentially Ryan’s first match!
From that point the fire has once again burned inside Ryan to be a star. He trains all over the country at various training schools, taking in multiple training seminars. He watches even more wrestling than ever, absorbing everything that he sees and finding ways to improve.
With the support of the Morecambe fans and the #HireHunter movement, Alpha Male Stallion hired Ryan Hunter to a contract with Alpha Omega.
However, there was a caveat with Hunter’s contract. He would be under the guidance, supervision and tutelage of Xander Cooper.
Xander – the head trainer at the Futureshock training school in Manchester – claimed he would take Ryan under his wing and mould him into a star for Alpha Omega.
What we have seen him do is berate, humiliate, and embarrass Ryan time and time again.
Whether it be making Ryan do laps of the Winter Gardens, having him exercise for 3 hours non stop before wrestling in a match, or telling him he can’t use his signature corner dropkick (as Xander wanted it instead), Ryan has been pushed around and held down, but kept moving forward and even improving despite the dubious teaching methods of his personal wrestling trainer.
At Golden Chance, Xander and Ryan had an opportunity to get a tag title shot, but Xander saw it as an opportunity to teach Ryan a lesson.
Because Xander doesn’t believe in tag titles, as only HE should be a champion, he made Ryan wrestle against the Island Brothers alone. Ryan showed huge improvement since his last match, but it wasn’t enough to take down a well oiled tag machine like the Island Brothers.
After this, both Xander and Ryan were in the Golden Chance Rumble, for a shot at the Alpha Omega Championship. This was something Xander took very seriously. and when Xander, Ryan (who had been in for the entire rumble) and Joey Hayes were in the ring, Xander ordered Ryan to eliminate himself. Ryan snapped and attacked his personal wrestling trainer, leading to both men being eliminated from the rumble.
Xander Cooper demanded that Alpha Male Stallion #FIREHUNTER as he had dared to disobey his orders.
Stallion pointed out that yes, Ryan was supposed to listen to Xander, but he’s not his P.A. and therefore doesn’t have to do everything Cooper tells him to do.
However, at Remember Remember, we will have a match. One on one. Ryan Hunter vs Xander Cooper.
If Ryan wins, then Xander is no longer his personal wrestling trainer, and Ryan is a fully fledged member of the roster.
However if Xander wins, Ryan will become Xander’s Personal Assistant. And will be contractually obligated to do whatever Xander tells him to do, or he will be fired.
November 12th. Ryan Hunter will fight for his freedom in the biggest match of his life.by