Matt Cardona was known as Zack Ryder during his time in WWE as he worked hard to establish himself in the company. Cardona was insanely over in the company back in 2011, but it was for nought in the end. He also trolled fans in a huge way recently.

Following his WWE release, Cardona was determined to hone his craft. He did exactly that by making a huge impact in promotions such as Impact Wrestling, GCW and NWA, among others.

Triple H was made the head of WWE Creative after Vince McMahon retired. Due to this, fans wondered whether Cardona will return to the company.

While speaking with Alistair McGeorge of Metro, Matt Cardona made it clear that he has no intention of returning to WWE right now, but does think about the WWE Title all the time.


“I’m not trying to get back to WWE. But I’d lying if I said I never wanted to have a WrestleMania moment again, or I never wanted to wrestle at Madison Square Garden – of course I would. If Triple H called me right now, if I had that 203 – that’s the area code for Stamford, Connecticut – of course I’d pick up. But right now, I’m focusing on being the best me possible, and having the most fun possible, and making the most money possible.

If I didn’t have WWE, I wouldn’t have had this canvas to paint on, so to speak. WWE set me up for that! And I’ve said since I left WWE, I’m not trying to prove anybody wrong, I don’t have a chip on my shoulder, I’m just trying to prove myself right and my fans right,

It’s been so much fun, it’s been such a creative outlet, and it’s my favorite two years in my almost 20-year career, which is pretty incredible. I worked for WWE for 14 years, which is the top of the wrestling world, and my favorite two years of the business have been afterwards. It’s been so much fun, and I can’t wait for what’s next.”

Cardona is considered the king of the independent circuit, and it’s not hard to see why. While there might come a time when he’ll return to WWE, it won’t be happening anytime soon. This is interesting timing, because WWE is reportedly very interesting in getting Chelsea Green, Cardona’s wife, back in the fold.

What’s your take on Matt Cardona returning to WWE? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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