Only a few superstars in sports-entertainment history could level up with stunning size and dominance of Mason Ryan.
With invincible aura, and energetic in-ring style, passionate and determined, Ryan first caught the eye of the great CM Punk. He recruited this amazing athlete to his New Nexus.
Ryan made his debut on Jan 17, 2011, episode of Monday Night Raw, wrecking John Cena and effectively pinning everyone’s attention in the entire WWE Universe.
Best known for his time with WWE, Barri Griffiths is a Welsh professional wrestler and actor who performs under the ring name Mason Ryan.
|Full Name||Barri Griffiths|
|Ring Name||Mason Ryan|
|Date of Birth||13 January 1982|
|Marital Status||Married with Julie Rolfe|
|Profession||Professional Wrestler, Actor|
|Net Worth||$100,000 – $1 Million|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
Early Life and Childhood of Mason Ryan
Mason Ryan was born on 13th January 1982, from Carys and Malcolm Griffiths. He spent his childhood with her sibling Catrin in Tremadog.
His primary schooling took place in Ysgol y Gorlan primary school in Tremadog and later in Ysgol Eifeionydd in Porthmadog. After studying construction management at Cardiff University for 18 months, Malcolms worked as a trainee carpenter and his family’s funeral home.
Before becoming a wrestler, Griffiths played football as centreback for Porthmadog FC. However, he could not further his career in so due to severe knee injury.
Mason Ryan Age and Height
At the age of 37, he has achieved more than a healthy individual can dream of. With magnificent physiques and astounding height of 6’6″, charming Mason can intoxicate any ladies on the town.
Mason Ryan Career
When Mason Ryan went to the wrestling show with a friend, the promoter recommended Mason to make a career out of it. So, following his advice, he began training at a professional wrestling school in Birkenhead in 2006.
Before joining WWE, he competed in almost 100 matches in countries including Egypt and Venezuela. Son of Malcolm, 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.
Before appearing on Gladiators, Griffiths had wrestled under the ring names Celtic Warrior and Smackdown Warrior since 2007. He competed around Europe for the next three years and finally signed a contract with WWE in 2009.
He made his first appearance as Mason Ryan in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). In July 2010, he won the FCW and held the championship for eight whole months.
In January 2011, he made his main roster debut where he aligned himself with The New Nexus after interfering in a match between CM Punk and John Cena.
He actively participated in fights and showdowns where he was put up against the likes of John Cena and Kane, which led him to receive much smaller roles.
After a while, Mason got engaged in the rebranded system NXT, where he stayed for the rest of his WWE career. He was released from the contract in 2014.
Though Griffiths days are over in WWE, he has left an image of a powerhouse, a human who seems to be crafted solely for the part of a professional wrestler in WWE Universe.
Personal Life of Mason Ryan
In 2015, Mason Ryan married his long-term partner Julie Rolfe who is a Legends Football League player. Mason Ryan is currently living in Tampa, Florida, with his loving wife.
A strong weightlifter, Griffiths once held a world record for holding 20 kg of weight with his arms straight for more than a minute.
Championships and Accomplishments
- American Pro Wrestling Alliance
- Won APWA Tri-State Championship (1 time)
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- won FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked in no. 119 position in top 500 singles wrestler in the PWI 500 in 2011
- United Pro Wrestling Association
- Received UPWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Westside Xtreme Wrestling
- achieved wXw Shotgun Championship (1 time)
- Wrestle Sport
- Got WrestleSport Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
In 2009, Mason appeared in the second series of the revived Gladiators television show. He competed under the name Goliath. With the encouragement of his trainer, Orig Williams, he applied for the new gladiators, when he found out the producers were looking for the very characters.
Also, he was working on television in Wales about being a wrestler. He began filming the show after a month and had to grow a beard for that specific role.
Barri has made an appearance in several other TV shows and documentaries like The Paul O’Grady Show, Barri Griffiths: Y Resler, Orig, etc.
Mason Ryan Social Media Presence
Mason Ryan has a growing social media presence. Mason Ryan is active on several social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even has a YouTube channel.
Instagram: 19.3 K Followers
Facebook: 130 K Followers