Zack Ryder was released from WWE, but he sort of saw it coming. Vince McMahon revealed in a video message that cuts were on the way. This came during a very interesting time for the Broski.
While speaking to Busted Open Radio, Matt Cardona revealed that he hadn’t signed a new WWE contract at the time of his release. He was still in the process of negotiations and had been doing so for over a year. He hadn’t decided if he wanted to stay or leave WWE, but the decision was soon made for him.
We all got this mass text to watch this Vince McMahon video explaining that these cuts would be happening, so I can’t say unexpected. I don’t know if I’ve ever said this before, I never re-signed my contract, so my deal was going to be up in August and I had been dealing with contract negotiations for over a year and the anxiety I had about it – Do I stay? Do I go? Do I stay? Do I go? It was really eating me up. So, when that call was made and I was released, the decision was made for me, so instantly I was relieved, you know what I’m saying? Because the anxiety that I had for over a year subconsciously, consciously, it was instantly gone and I felt, like, I felt so excited because I want to work, I want to do stuff, I want to be creative.
So, to now be able to do whatever I want – I’ve been fortunate that I was with WWE for fourteen years. I got in when I was 20 years old. I grew up there. I grew up as a wrestler, I grew up as a man but it’s time for me to go out there and do it my way and do my thing, to fail on my own, to succeed on my own. I feel like it’s Christmas morning.
Matt Cardona revealed during an Instagram Q&A that being released felt like the scene from Monster Squad where the wolfman died. It was a relieving experience, but it’s obviously never great to be fired.
Thanks to Post Wrestling for the quote