What would make you think that is what happened other than the clear storyline of the segment during a scripted, professional wrestling program?
And, how do you get to the point where you think Hogan is pulling for Ryan, OR that he can't get Ryan, OR that he even has to convince anyone to sign Ryan?
Fucking kayfabe, Jack.
Maybe it's not a work, and if it isn't, it's a shame, because Ryan is more entertaining than half the roster.
All I can say is, if this is a work is probably the best in the last 10 years.
Of course in the end everyone is going to say "so predictable, I knew it"
The reason why we don't get fresh ideas and promotions rising in American Pro Wrestling is because the majority of the community is happy with the same old shit and will reject any chance of change. There is a risk in doing new things, 9 times out of 10, it leads to 50+ pages of bitching and moaning. While business gets turned into a dictatorship and more and more out of touch. Support the indies, support New Pro Wrestling.