Matt Cardona, formerly known as Zack Ryder during his time in WWE, struggled to gain significant screen time and was unable to truly break out as a star there. He was eventually released by WWE in 2020 and went on to achieve greater success outside the organization. He is truly the king of the indies for many fans and has made a ton of cash there as well. Now it appears he even stole The Undertaker’s gimmick during a recent GCW event.

After his WWE release, Matt Cardona truly reinvented himself in the independent circuit. Cardona especially made a name for himself in Impact Wrestling and GCW, where he became the World Champion in the latter promotion.

He eventually came to be known as the Indy God as well as the Death Match King, earning titles from all over the world and proudly displaying his terrific marketability as of late.

During the GCW Now and Forever show in New York, Matt Cardona came down to the ring as The Undertaker and completely stole his gimmick. Cardona was even referred to as ‘The Rydertaker.’ He was also accompanied by Steph De Lander, who held an urn, similar to what Paul Bearer did for The Undertaker.


Matt Cardona and Steph De Lander also ended up defeating Allie Katch & Effy. Cardona is certainly having the run of his life in the independent circuit right now, so we’ll have to see if he will ever return to WWE somewhere down the line.

What’s your opinion on Matt Cardona’s gimmick infringement? Do you think he is truly the King of the Indies? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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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