Matt Cardona has come a long way since WWE released him. He is no longer Zack Ryder, even though he tried and failed to trademark the name. Now Cardona is still doing his thing on the indies, and it’s not his intention to go back to the company he worked at for a decade.

While speaking to the Pro Wrestling Boom podcast, Matt Cardona made it very clear that he isn’t working hard for a WWE return. He’s doing his own thing, but that doesn’t mean he would turn down another WrestleMania moment.

“I’ve been saying since I got released from WWE, it’s not my goal to get back there. I’m not doing things, ‘oh what can I do to get WWE to notice me,’ no. I’m trying to create my own path but at the same time, I’d be lying if I said I never wanted to have another WrestleMania moment or wrestle in Madison Square Garden, of course, I do.”

“I lived my dream for over a decade and I wouldn’t be where I am today without WWE,” Cardona said. “I said it before, that WWE was my developmental and that’s not a shot at WWE. They truly taught me how to be a superstar and that is why I’m thriving in places like NWA, Impact, GCW, and all these other independents.”


Only time will tell if Matt Cardona makes his way back to WWE. He has a solid fan base who will support him either way, and that shows every time he drops a limited edition collectable that quickly sells out.

WWE is the dream destination for a lot of people out on the indies, but Matt Cardona has been there before. We will just have to see if the path he is making for himself finds its way to WWE.

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Felix Upton

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