Former WWE Star Joins AEW
Matt Cardona formerly known as Zack Ryder in WWE appeared on tonight’s episode of AEW Dynamite.
Following a TNT Championship match between Cody and Warhorse, members of The Dark Order attacked Cody. Before they had the opportunity to attack Arn Anderson, Matt Cardona made the save.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) July 30, 2020
Cody recently spoke on several free agents within pro-wrestling, and mentioned Zack Ryder as one of the people on a lot of people’s radar, praising him for his locker room and television experience.
Outside of the ring, Cardona and Cody are friends, often seen together on social media.
Following his release from WWE, Cody shared a heartfelt message towards Cardona on Instagram.
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I’d like to take a moment to say how proud I am to be a friend of @zryder85 – In a world of weekend warriors and “play wrestlers”, this dude exudes passion and drive for pro-wrestling like no other. Through 14 years to see him CONSISTENTLY try to better himself(whether that be his in-ring work, or watching him physically mold himself and his body into such a specimen DRUG FREE with hard work and will). I have a little rule, and that’s that if you’ve ever “gotten over” in wrestling…you can always do so again. That rule being fully applicable to Matt now. At 34 years young, his best wrestling days are ahead of him. Cheers to a great start and 14 years of unrelenting blood, sweat, and tears. Future endeavors are limitless when you actually endeavor. I chose this picture because it was one of my last days at WWE, watching 80,000+ people applaud as Matt won gold was an eruption not only live in the arena but in the locker room as well. Hearing Dolph coordinate for his father to come over the rails(meanwhile I was ass deep into a broken ladder and stuck but had the best seat in the house) and seeing father/son embrace, I thought I’d be jealous or bitter, but I was truly happy and proud for one of my peers. Congratulations my friend, and good luck!