Matt Cardona was known as Zack Ryder during his time in WWE, where he started from the very bottom of the card. He eventually got over all by himself and fans truly loved him for a while, but that didn’t last long. He also has a very specific condition for making his WWE return.

Following his WWE release, Cardona went to work in various companies, including AEW, Impact Wrestling and especially GCW. He has truly reinvented himself in the independent circuit and became a multi-time champion in many promotions.

Fans have also wondered whether he will ever return to WWE. While speaking on the Notsam Wrestling podcast, Cardona made it clear that he would only return to WWE if he gets to keep his name.

“I would have a conversation. I’m not saying we haven’t already. Who’s to say who’s to say? I think Zack Ryder is dead. Would it be cool? A woo woo, would that get a bigger pop maybe for one night as opposed to ‘Alwayz ready’? Maybe, because that’s more familiar with the WWE Universe and audience. But if I were to go back, I think it has to be as Matt Cardona. I I say like, you know, Razor Ramon came back as Scott Hall.


I’m so fortunate for that time as Zack Ryder. It has set me up. When I say WWE was my developmental, that’s not a shot. That’s not anti-WWE. WWE taught me everything. It taught me how to have this run in all these promotions. It taught me how to do these interviews. It taught me how to be a superstar. So I’m forever grateful to WWE for that.

But if I ever go back, I think it has to be as me, as Matt Cardona.”

Matt Cardona also recently claimed responsibility for AEW’s existence. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for the former WWE Superstar. Perhaps fans might just see him back in WWE.

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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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