Matt Cardona’s Ambition to Demonstrate Success Beyond WWE & AEW

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Matt Cardona hopes his success since his departure from WWE has proved that wrestlers can thrive outside of a major promotion.

After his release in 2020, Cardona briefly appeared for AEW but did not sign a contract, and has since established himself in other companies.


During the “Swerve City” podcast, Cardona explained that he wants to prove that there are opportunities outside WWE and AEW, but would still pick up the phone. He said,

“I don’t want to go to AEW or WWE just to be a guy on the roster. Nothing against that, but I’ve been there and done that. Back in the day, when I started the YouTube show, as it got further along and I realized what I was trying to do, I kind of wanted to prove that you bet on yourself, you can get yourself over, you can get yourself noticed.

“Now, I want to prove, AEW and WWE, number one and two, it’s debatable which is one and two, I’m not saying they’re not, but I want to prove you can be a successful pro wrestler without them. At the same time, I’m not saying if Tony Khan called, I wouldn’t pick up. Of course not. Tony! What’s up man!? You need me for Collision? Or if Triple H called or Vince [Vince McMahon] called. Right now, my goal is not to get back there.”

Cardona’s most recent match saw Matt & Steph De Lander Charli Evans & Everett Connors at GCW Please Buddy last week.

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Matt Cardona, formerly known as Zack Ryder in WWE, has been making waves in the wrestling industry since his departure from the major promotion. He has proven that wrestlers can thrive outside of WWE and AEW, and he continues to establish himself in other companies.

After his release from WWE in 2020, Cardona briefly appeared for AEW but did not sign a contract. Since then, he has been determined to prove that there are opportunities outside of the two biggest wrestling promotions. However, he also mentioned that he would still pick up the phone if AEW’s Tony Khan or WWE’s Triple H or Vince McMahon called.

Cardona’s goal is to show that wrestlers can be successful without relying on WWE or AEW. He wants to prove that if you bet on yourself and work hard, you can get noticed and make a name for yourself in the industry. He started this journey when he began his YouTube show, where he showcased his talent and creativity.

In a recent interview on the “Swerve City” podcast, Cardona expressed his desire to be more than just a guy on the roster. He wants to continue proving himself and exploring opportunities outside of the major promotions. However, he also acknowledges that if the right opportunity comes along, he would consider returning to WWE or joining AEW.

Cardona’s most recent match took place at GCW Please Buddy, where he teamed up with Steph De Lander to face Charli Evans and Everett Connors. This match is another example of his determination to succeed outside of the major promotions.

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Matt Cardona’s success outside of WWE and AEW is a testament to the opportunities available for wrestlers who are willing to bet on themselves and work hard. He has shown that with determination and talent, it is possible to thrive in the wrestling industry outside of the major promotions.