RYZIN Interview: AEW, Career Journey, Being The Elite, Matt Hardy, More

What's the origin of your RYZIN ring name?

RYZIN: I've actually had that name for many, many years. When I used to play video games when I was younger and did Create-A-Wrestler, it was just the name I gravitated to. I don't know exactly where it came from. A lot of people try to use Terra Ryzing, who was Triple H in WCW, and make that connection, but I had really no idea about that. It was just something I was going to be Rizing and then I dropped off the G. A buddy of mine and I started to do tag team wrestling and get into the business and his name was Jason. I said, “Why don't you cut that in half and I'm Ri Sin and you're Jay Sin?” We were looking at the names and wanted to be unique with it and try to stand out, so let's throw Ys in there. So, Ryzin and he was Synn. Together, we were Hy Rysk [High Risk], so that's how that came about 18 years ago as of August.

Is it crazy to think you've been wrestling for almost 20 years now?

RYZIN: It's very interesting to think I have been doing it for more than half of my life. On top of that, it's crazy to think that just now, after 18 years in the business, I'm just now getting the exposure that I not only feel I deserve but also that I've worked really hard to complete or to come to the surface.


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Since 2008, Graham has been a diehard pro wrestling fan and, in 2010, he combined his passions for WWE and writing when he joined Bleacher Report. Equipped with a master's in journalism, Graham has contributed to WhatCulture, FanSided's Daily DDT, Sports Betting Dime, and GateHouse Media. Along the way, he has conducted interviews with wrestling superstars like Chris Jericho, Edge, Goldberg, Christian, Diamond Dallas Page, Jim Ross, Adam Cole, Tessa Blanchard, Ryback, and Nick Aldis among others.