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Ryan Nemeth got his job at AEW after running into Tony Khan at Brodie Lee Jr's birthday party

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"Hollywood Hunk" Ryan Nemeth joined the AEW Unrestricted podcast this week to talk about becoming the defacto leader of The Wingmen, dressing JD Drake, spray tanning Orange Cassidy, his contributions to Being The Elite, the Wingmen's recent match against the Dark Order, his love for stand-up comedy, Andy Kaufman, his friendship with Pee-Wee Herman and more.

Nemeth wrote a short film called “HEEL" and he talked about the recent accolades for this film:

“HEEL was a huge project, short film, based on the world of pro wrestling, fiction. It was a huge undertaking. Our highest honor so far was being an official selection in the HollyShorts film festival, which is an Oscar qualifying film festival. The way the Academy Awards works, at least for short films, is that there are certain festivals that are prestigious enough that if you place highly enough in those festivals, then you’re in the running to get picked to be nominated in the Academy Awards.”

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Ryan was asked if he got introduced to AEW through Amanda Huber:

“I showed up to surprise her and the boy for his big birthday party. I was great friends with Amanda and Brodie back in Tampa in NXT times. They were trying to tell me for a few months that I should come for, they were doing a birthday party for Brodie Jr, and that I should come and surprise Amanda and say Hi. I was listening to this thinking that I don’t want to show up at a wrestling promotion I don’t work for. To me, it’s bad etiquette and it’s weird. It will seem like, ‘Hey guys, can I have a match?’ I know everybody does that, but I just didn’t want to do that. I showed up. Brodie Jr didn’t recognize me at all. Back in Tampa years ago, sometimes I would babysit. He was the funniest little monster ever. He used to run around naked. He would tear his clothes off, start running around and jumping off things. That was when he was freshly hatched. I remember Brodie sitting in a chair thinking, ‘There he goes.’ To see him as Negative One, and people being like, ‘Yes, be that all the time, was insane.’ Amanda said, ‘There’s Ryan. Do you remember him?’ He’s like, ‘No.’ I was very flattered and excited that Tony Khan decided that I would then wrestle Hangman Adam Page on Dynamite the next day.”

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