Matt Cardona (formerly known as Zack Ryder) recently made his Impact debut. After years of neglect in WWE, what does the future hold for him in Impact?
Cordona took on Ace Austin in a singles match at Hard to Kill. In the match, Cardona got the win via Disqualification after Madman Fulton interfered to save Austin. Post that, Cardona connected with the Rough Ryder and stood tall to end the segment.
This surprise debut led many fans to wonder whether Cardona will stay in Impact. Previously, he had a limited contract with AEW which saw him fighting in a handful of matches.
Impact commentators had said he “is with the company.” Fightful Select reports that he will work this week’s TV taping but is yet to have a full-time contract with Impact, similar to AEW.
Although AEW did not sign the deal with Cardona, IMPACT might sign Cardona. The former Zack Ryder worked with WWE for 14 years before he was released last year because of budget cuts.
After 20 years in the company, Cardona left due to creative differences and a dispute with the management over contract extensions. When he was finally released, he felt a sense of relief.
“We all got this mass text to watch this Vince McMahon video explaining that these cuts would be happening, so I can’t say unexpected. I don’t know if I’ve ever said this before, I never resigned from my contract, so my deal was going to be up in August and I had been dealing with contract negotiations for over a year and the anxiety I had about it.”
After he was let go, Cardona felt he will be free and can do whatever he wants. He revealed in an interview –
“So, to now be able to do whatever I want–I’ve been fortunate that I was with WWE for fourteen years. I got in when I was 20 years old, I grew up there, I grew up as a wrestler, I grew up as a man but it’s time for me to go out there and do it my way and do my thing, to fail on my own, to succeed on my own. I feel like it’s Christmas morning.”
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