Mason Ryan
professional wrestler and former Gladiators competitor
Mason Ryan
Barri Griffiths is a Welsh professional wrestler and former Gladiators competitor, also known as Goliath and by his ring name Mason Ryan. He is currently signed to WWE. Griffiths studied construction management at Cardiff University, before working as a trainee carpenter and in his family's funeral home. He also played as a centre-back for Porthmadog F.C. , but a knee injury curtailed his career. Griffiths appeared as "Goliath" on Gladiators in 2009.
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Spurs back on track after Cup heartache, says Mason
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Ryan Mason believes Tottenham have overcome the disappointment of last week's cup failures and are back on track in the race to qualify for the Champions League. Tottenham's bruised morale was at least partially restored with the 3-2 midweek victory over Swansea that ensured Spurs kept pace with their main rivals towards the head of the table.
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Spurs are back on track says Mason
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Ryan Mason believes Tottenham have overcome the disappointment of last week's cup failures and are back on track in the race to qualify for the Champions League. Tottenham's bruised morale was at least partially restored with the 3-2 midweek victory over Swansea that ensured Spurs kept pace with their main rivals towards the head of the table.
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WWE NXT results and reactions from August 21: IT'S TIME!
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
That's the best Michael Buffer impersonation I can do, in writing. The stream kicks off with a video package recapping the feud between our main eventers. Like I needed to get any more hyped for... AJ Lee defeats Bayley in approximately four and a half minutes via pinfall to retain her WWE Divas Championship Bayley is out first, before the champ arrives to much cheering. Byron Saxton gives us the full, main event announce treatment. Before AJ will hand the referee her belt, she kisses it and tells it "I love you". The rookie tries for a hug and, failing that, a handshake. This, of course, leads to a kick from Lee and a couple of neckbreakers. After a takeover, she locks on a neck crank and screams, "Do you want to hug? I'm hugging your neck now, Bayley!" A couple of reasons why I think B is the best female performer in NXT. For one thing, when she breaks out of the hold and hits the ropes to kick off a sequence, she really hits the ropes. She's like the an ...
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WWE NXT results and reactions from July 31: We're only dancing
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Bada-Boom...realest guys in the room! Enzo Amore, who shaved off his tickler for this appearance, and Big Cas stroll down the ramp to kick us off this week. Without too much lead in, Colin Cassady gets the microphone to do his version of the NY/NJ schtick. He does okay, but isn't as smooth or natural as the Certified G. Things get awkward when Cas sings while Enzo sort of dances. That's when Tons of Funk show up, and I check to make sure I'm watching the right HuluPlus WWE show. Amore and Colin try to bail, but William Regal and Tony Dawson insist that Sweet T and Brodus Clay are here for a dance party. The heels' feud-mate Mason Ryan shows up and shepherds them back to the ring, where Big Cas gets a tandem Call My Momma splash and his partner runs into an unimpressive-looking suplex facebuster thing from the Welshman. Ryan dances (poorly) with the Funkasaurus and his teammate. In what counts as a long time without a match for a NXT open, our next segment takes ...
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Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling: Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 - Brock Lesnar returns, new Aces & 8s members
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
Hello, Cagesiders! Welcome to the fifth Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling of 2013! One day late due to work commitments, but we're here to help you catch up just as Monday Night Raw kicks off the next seven days in sports entertainment history. WWE Raw (Jan. 28th) WWE was in Las Vegas for the night, so it was time to roll out the Raw Roulette gimmick once again. An irate CM Punk lashed out at the people about being screwed out of the WWE title the night before at the Royal Rumble. Vince McMahon was sick and tired of his crap. Moreover, Vince claimed that he had proof that Punk had been working with The Shield all along and that Paul Heyman was involved too. Thus, he would be giving Heyman a performance review in the main event segment tonight. Randy Orton pinned Antonio Cesaro with the RKO in a match refereed by The Miz. After the match, Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Cesaro. Ryback spun the wheel and got Make Me Laugh. His unlucky opponents - The Prime Time ...
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Consultant Next Step in Start Time Discussion
Burke Patch - over 4 years
After 14 years of discussion and two formal attempts to address the issue on its own, the Fairfax County school board will look to a consultant to help it move forward on a resolution to start the system's high school schools after 8 a.m. Chairman Janie Strauss (Dranesville) appointed a four-member ad-hoc committee Monday to better articulate the system's values in overhauling its schedule, defining what the board is comfortable exploring and which issues are non-negotiable. Members Sandy Evans (Mason), Ryan McElveen (At-large), Patty Reed (Providence) and Ted Velkoff (At-large) will deliver recommendations to the board at a July work session, at which point the board will be able to develop a request for proposal to hire an outside consultant, Strauss said. While officials and stakeholders have long run into disagreements on how best to implement later start times at Fairfax County high schools — suggestions on Monday alone ranged from public-private partnerships to a small p ...
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Video: WWE Superstars from May 3, 2012, featuring Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
Can anyone watch this latest episode of WWE Superstars from Thurs., May 3, 2012, and imagine it being strong enough to air on traditional network television like executives with the company claimed just recently? I certainly can't but that doesn't mean it's a bad show. Quite the contrary, in fact, as this is arguably the purest pro wrestling show WWE puts on. I mean that just from the action you get in the ring. It's not angle heavy like Raw with very few promos and around 40 minutes of action from various superstars busting their asses. This is a particularly good episode, seeing as it features Dolph Ziggler getting about as good a match out of Mason Ryan as possible while Zack Ryder and Michael McGillicutty do everything they can to tear the house down. I would recommend ignoring the main event of Great Khali vs. Jinder Mahal but the crowd is actually pretty hot for it and it's not the worst match you'll ever see. Oh, and if you're one of those folks who absolutel ...
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Rey Mysterio failed WWE drug test for amphetamines over 10 weeks ago
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
A star of Rey Mysterio's stature failing a WWE drug test is always shocking and usually the circumstances surrounding it are murky. The first time Mysterio was announced as being in violation of WWE's Wellness policy in late August 2009 it came after a longstanding contractual dispute where he was promised a lengthy run with the Intercontinental championship as a make good, only for Vince McMahon to quickly change his mind and ask for Rey to drop the title to rising star Dolph Ziggler, a request he refused. This time, the timing of his suspension is even more suspicious, which I wouldn't have thought was even possible until hearing the bizarre story that is making the rounds. According to Dave Meltzer on his latest radio show, Rey Mysterio's failed drug test was for amphetamines and happened when he was visiting friends backstage on the February 13th Raw tapings in his hometown of San Diego. Given that urine samples don't take over ten weeks to analyse, this means that ...
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Video: Z! True Long Island Story episode 61 featuring Zack Ryder at WrestleMania 28 Axxess
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
In his latest episode of Z! True Long Island Story, number 61, Zack Ryder runs around WrestleMania 28 Axxess. Among his many adventures are a match against Drew McIntyre (which he wins), buying his own merchandise to give away to unsuspecting fans, comparing the size of his biceps to Mason Ryan, and proposing to Eve. Still a mark. That, plus a silly segment with Scott Stanford and the usual interruption from Dolph Ziggler cutting a promo talking about a match at WrestleMania 29 next year in New Jersey. Enjoy!
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Win: WWE Survivor Series 2011 Blu-ray
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Silvervision will WWE Survivor Series 2011 on DVD and Blu-ray on 5th March 2012 and we have 3 copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers. The Survivor Series showcases an exhilarating clash of titans battling for supremacy in the WWE ring, featuring the return of WWE Superstar “The Rock”, who joins forces with nemesis John Cena against the Awesome Truth (“The Awesome One” The Miz and The Truth).  This series also features matches from “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry defending his World Heavyweight Champion title against “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, and “The Straight Edge Superstar” CM Punk facing off against WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio. The full card for event and the list of extras on the Blu-ray is below; United States Championship Match Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison Lumberjill Match for the Divas Championship Beth Phoenix vs. Eve David Otunga has a message for CM Punk The Rock returns to Madison Square Garden Traditional Survivor Series ...
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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 33
    On 5 June 2015, Ryan was defeated by then-Full Impact Pro Heavyweight Champion, Rich Swann.
    More Details Hide Details Griffiths appeared in the second series of the revived Gladiators television show in 2009, and competed under the name "Goliath". When he was working on a television show in Wales about being a wrestler, he was told that producers were looking for new gladiators, and he applied with the encouragement of his trainer, Orig Williams. He began filming the first show approximately a month later and had to grow a beard especially for the role. Griffiths has appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show. Barri Griffiths: Y Reslar, a Welsh language documentary about Griffiths' life in the months before he moved to the United States, aired in September 2010 on S4C. In December 2011, Griffiths appeared on the TV documentary Orig, where he was interviewed by Tara Bethan, the daughter of his first trainer Orig Williams. Ryan speaks Welsh and is an avid weightlifter. He has a sister named Catrin. He once held a world record for holding 20 kilograms of weight with his arms straight for just over one minute. Ryan announced on his Twitter account that he is now working at Cirque du Soleil as the chief archer of Kà
    On 20 February 2015, Griffiths, working under the ring name Mason Williams, made his debut for the Japanese Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) promotion, losing to Shogun Okamoto.
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    On 16 February 2015, Ryan took part in a dark match before the TNA One Night Only's Gut check event defeating Shaun Ricker.
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  • 2014
    Age 32
    On 11 October 2014, Ryan won the UPWA Heavyweight Championship in Shallotte, North Carolina.
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    On 30 April 2014, it was reported that Ryan had been released by WWE.
    More Details Hide Details After his release from WWE, Griffiths began wrestling on the independent circuit, still using his WWE name. His first appearance was for the American Pro Wrestling Alliance promotion, where he became the new APWA Tri State Champion on 31 May. Mason made his debut for the WrestleSport promotion on 16 August where he defeated Adam Pearce to become the first WrestleSport Heavyweight Champion. On 5 September, at Full Impact Pro's Fallout, Ryan along with Michael Tarver and Shaun Ricker participated in a trios tournament, but were defeated by the Full Impact Puerto Ricans (Lince Dorado, Jay Cruz, and Jay Rios).
    Mason then rarely used on WWE television until he had his final televised match on April 24, 2014 episode of NXT, in a losing effort to number one contender for the NXT Championship, Tyson Kidd.
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  • 2013
    Age 31
    He returned to the ring and debuted on the rebooted WWE NXT show and began his singles winning streak on 30 January 2013, by defeating Sakamoto.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan then entered into a feud against Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady; although he easily defeated them in singles matches, he lost to them in a handicap match.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 30
    He appeared only sporadically on television throughout 2012, and he then rejoined the rebranded developmental system.
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  • 2011
    Age 29
    On 3 February 2011, Ryan lost the Florida Heavyweight Championship to Bo Rotundo, ending a six-and-a-half month reign.
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    He made his main roster debut in January 2011, where he aligned himself with The New Nexus.
    More Details Hide Details Griffiths was born in Tremadog, the son of Carys and Malcolm Griffiths. He attended Ysgol y Gorlan primary school in Tremadog and Ysgol Eifionydd secondary school in Porthmadog, before studying construction management at Cardiff University for 18 months. He worked as a trainee carpenter and in his family's funeral home prior to becoming a wrestler. Griffiths played football as a centre-back for Porthmadog FC, but had to curtail his career due to a knee injury.
    In July, he won the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship and held the championship until February 2011.
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    Ryan then participated in the 2011 Royal Rumble match.
    More Details Hide Details On 7 February Ryan had his debut match on Raw when he lost to R-Truth via disqualification. In late February, it was announced that Punk would face Randy Orton at WrestleMania XXVII, with each member of The Nexus facing Orton to win the right to accompany Punk to the ring in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania. Ryan was the final member to face Orton, but lost on 14 March episode of Raw. Following the match, Orton punted Ryan in the head. He was absent from television for nearly a month, making his return on 11 April on Raw with the other New Nexus members, attacking Orton and preventing him from earning a WWE Championship match. On 2 May, Ryan lost to Kane by disqualification following interference from Punk, and went on to attack both Kane and Big Show. At the Over the Limit pay-per-view on 22 May, Ryan and Punk challenged Big Show and Kane for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but were unsuccessful. The following month, Ryan suffered an injury and was absent from television to recuperate.
    Griffiths, as Mason Ryan, made his WWE television debut on 17 January 2011 episode of Raw by interfering in a match between CM Punk and John Cena.
    More Details Hide Details Following his interference, Punk presented him with a 'Nexus' armband, inducting him into the group.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    In November 2010, Ryan toured Europe with the SmackDown brand, defeating Chavo Guerrero in Belfast on 4 November and again in Liverpool on 6 November.
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    When he received his work visa, he debuted in their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in January 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Under the name Mason Ryan, he competed against wrestlers including Johnny Curtis, Tyler Reks, Johnny Prime, and Hunico in his first matches. On 22 July, Ryan won a triple threat match against defending champion Alex Riley and Johnny Curtis by pinning Riley to win the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship for the first time. Over the next few months, Ryan successfully defended the championship against wrestlers including Bo Rotundo, Richie Steamboat, and Eli Cottonwood. At the tapings of FCW television on 2 September, Ryan successfully defended the championship against Johnny Curtis when FCW commentator Byron Saxton interfered and aided him. The following week, Saxton became aligned with Ryan, accompanying him to the ring and acting as his manager.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    In 2009, he signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and debuted as Mason Ryan in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's developmental territory, in January 2010.
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    After signing with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Griffiths had his final show in Wales in October 2008 in Porthmadog, when he won a singles match and battle royal.
    More Details Hide Details In mid-2009, Griffiths signed a five-year contract with WWE.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    He represented the UK in a 'Battle of the Nations' tag team match between the UK and Austria, teaming with Drew McDonald and Sheamus O'Shaunessy in a losing effort to Chris Raaber, Michael Kovac, and Robert Ray Kreuzer at the European Wrestling Association's Night of Gladiators show in June 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 24
    Griffiths began training to be a professional wrestler in 2006 after attending a wrestling show with a friend where the promoter recommended he start wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details He trained at a professional wrestling school in Birkenhead. Prior to appearing on Gladiators, Griffiths had wrestled under the names "Celtic Warrior" and "Smackdown Warrior" since 2007, and had competed in almost 100 matches in countries including Egypt and Venezuela.
    Mason Ryan began training to be a professional wrestler in 2006, and competed around Europe for the next three years.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 0
    Born on January 13, 1982.
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