Matt Cardona, formerly known as Zack Ryder in WWE, shared his thoughts on not being brought back to WWE despite the company rehiring other stars. Cardona had a successful run with WWE, winning titles like the United States Championship and Intercontinental Championship. However, he was released in April 2020 and embarked on a successful journey in the independent wrestling scene.
During an interview on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Cardona expressed his surprise at not receiving a call from WWE when other wrestlers were rehired. He mentioned that he had been actively wrestling and achieving success on the independent circuit, even capturing titles like the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship and GCW World Championship. Cardona hinted at feeling overlooked when several wrestlers who had not been as active in the ring were rehired by WWE.
“I mean, I’ll be honest when all those people got rehired, I was thinking, not me? The guy who has been doing everything? What was the prerequisite to getting re-signed, not doing anything? Besides like Chelsea and like The Good Brothers, and a handful of others, most people didn’t do anything. But that’s fine. Everyone has a different path, a different story. Do you have a chip on my shoulder about that? I wouldn’t say a chip, like a little crumb. But listen, this isn’t about proving people wrong. It’s about proving myself right. My fans right. If I can convert some doubters and get some new fans along the way, so be it. But I can’t have this goal of being the absolute best with like negativity driving it, if that makes sense,”
Despite his feelings, Cardona emphasized that his motivation to succeed in wrestling isn’t fueled by negativity or proving people wrong. Instead, he is focused on proving himself and his fans right while pursuing his own goals in the industry. Cardona also mentioned that it would take a lot of convincing for him to exclusively sign with one wrestling company, suggesting that he values his independence and diverse wrestling experiences.
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