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WWE Legend, Aged 55, Teases Massive In-Ring Return Outside the Company

Published 03/07/2022, 1:00 PM EST

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WWE is no longer the promotion pro-wrestlers rely upon for having a greater living. In recent years, many wrestlers have made a name for themselves outside WWE on the independent circuit. Currently, Matt Cardona aka Zack Ryder in WWE is a great example who has turned his career upwards after getting released from WWE. He has made himself the king of the independent circuit.

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Recently, Matt Cardona defended his Impact Wrestling Digital Media WORLD Championship against Mysterious Q at River City Wrestling (RCW). Matt Cardona defended the title, but after the match, Q sneaked an attack on him. Cardona took upon Twitter to slam Booker T for this sneak attack.


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Cardona said, “I successfully defended my @IMPACTWRESTLING Digital Media WORLD Championship tonight at @rcwforever against @Da_Mysterious_Q. I won fair and square…but Q decided to sneak attack me after the match. You teach him that @BookerT5x?!”

Booker T reverted to Cardona on Twitter, indirectly saying let’s have a match together. Booker said, “You better watch your mouth su*ka before I have to teach you something…”

It was a serious blame Cardona put on Booker T. The WWE Hall of Famer does not take any criticisms and does not listen much if anybody insults his students. Matt Cardona just marked himself in the list of Booker T. Who knows if Booker T appears ringside the next time Matt Cardona faces Mysterious Q or any other students of Booker?

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Booker T teased an in-ring return in his tweet. The six-time world champion, Booker T, can be a serious opponent at 55 years. He mostly wrestles in his promotion Reality of Wrestling and appears on panels at WWE PPVs. Booker T is still in shape and has fuel in his tank for one match.

Matt Cardona’s career post-WWE


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Matt Cardona aka Zack Ryder was the major highlight of WWE during the time around 2011-12. In WWE, he has won Tag Team titles multiple times, US Title once, and the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania 32. WWE released him in April 2020 as a part of budget cuts.

Matt Cardona had a brief stint at AEW and later joined Impact Wrestling. He won multiple championships on the independent circuit and is currently the NWA World Champion. He revived his career by sheer hard work in the ring and some smart work on social media.


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Matt Cardona is the king of the independent scene right now. This isn’t the first time he has revived his career with the help of social media. This is a start for him, more is yet to come for him and his fans.

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Tushar Deogharkar


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Tushar Deogharkar is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Tushar has done his Master's in Tourism Management and is an ardent fan of pro wrestling. He follows WWE and AEW very closely and wants to learn how the promotions are run.
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