Joey Ryan didn’t have to wrestle with the decision to propose to girlfriend Laura James.
He just had to figure out how to propose to her while wrestling against her.
But Ryan pulled it off during the Finest City Wrestling event Saturday in San Diego.
Ryan and James were facing each other in an intergender match during the “Kontrolled Kaos” show. James went for a pin on Ryan after a kick to the head, but the referee had earlier been knocked out in the opposite turnbuckle.
James went to check on the ref, allowing Ryan to grab a microphone and the engagement ring.
He dropped to one knee, announcing, “Laura Claire James, I love you with all my heart.” The crowd erupted, and she happily accepted before Ryan was really able to pop the question.
The pair kissed -- then Ryan rolled her up in a small package as the referee magically recovered to record the pin.
Ryan explained to James that he needed the winner’s share of the purse, and she justified the loss since the the money went toward the ring. The pair then went back to kissing.
The video of the engagement/intergender match has been viewed more than 150,000 times since it was posted Sunday.
Ryan has wrestled nationally with Total Nonstop Action and recently joined the Lucha Underground promotion that appears on El Rey Network.