Former WWE Superstar Zack Ryder (real name: Matthew Brett Cardona), who is now referred to as Matt Cardona, recently appeared as a guest on the Pro Wrestling Junkies podcast, where he gave an update on his contract with All Elite Wrestling and what his future is with the company.
According to Cardona, his AEW contract expired following the All Out PPV on September 5th. As previously reported, Cardona had an agreement with AEW that his contract with them will only be for a short-term deal, but he did mention in the past that he is still hoping to return to All Elite Wrestling and possibly stay long-term with the company and become a full-time member of the roster.
This is what Matt Cardona said:
“Hopefully I’ll be there more often. As of now, the agreement we had was through the pay-per-view, so that’s it… I didn’t go there to get three t-shirts, I went there to win some championships, so hopefully you’ll see me there very very soon.” “That’s the place to be right now. To be there even for a month, and do a couple of matches, was a lot of fun. It was great to just be out there and be myself again. Hopefully, we’ll do it again soon.”
Matt Cardona made his AEW debut back on the July 29th episode of Dynamite when he made his way down to the ring and came to the aid of the Nightmare Family by fending off Dark Order members Alex Reynolds and John Silver.
Cardona then teamed up with the Nightmare Family in their fight against The Dark Order at All Out. Cardona wrestled in the WWE almost 15 years prior to his release from the company in April as part of the company-wide cuts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.