Matt Cardona was released by WWE as part of the COVID-19 budget cuts back in 2020. Since then, Matt Cardona truly put on the performance of his career, making a name for himself in numerous promotions. It seems he has a condition for a possible return to WWE.

Cardona began his WWE career along with Curt Hawkins as part of the Edgeheads tag team. Being known as Zack Ryder during his time in WWE, Ryder gained fanfare thanks to his Long Island Iced Z show on YouTube.

However, he was largely underutilized by the company until his release. While speaking on Busted Open Radio, Matt Cardona talked about making a return to WWE. Cardona revealed that he won’t return to the company if he has to give up his podcast as part of the company’s ban on third party sites.

“Yeah, I definitely would listen, but I’ll tell you right now, if one those things were ‘you can’t do your podcast,’ I would say, ‘thanks, but no thanks.’ That would be a deal breaker. There would be no way. If they were going to take away everything I have built with Brian Myers, something we tried to do in WWE, the Major Wrestling Figure podcast, we pitched it to them and they didn’t want it, they didn’t the podcast or anything to do with collectibles. I think they’ve since had a failing podcast network and they tried something with collectibles. I’ve had so much fun with this and it’s setting me up for life after wrestling where I would never sacrifice that. I don’t care how much money they gave me. If they said ‘you can’t do your podcast anymore,’ I wouldn’t do it.”


Cardona is also set to square off against Joey Janela at GCW’s sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom show, The WRLD on GCW, on January 23. We will have to wait and see whether he will defeat Joey Janela or not as the two have been engaged in a very bitter feud in the past couple of weeks.

h/t to Fightful for the quotes

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