Just recently, the WWE underwent a massive roster cut in which they laid off close to two dozen talents, including wrestlers, coaches, producers, announcers and writers. This is a result of the extensive evaluation and analysis the WWE went through due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the wrestlers who was released by the WWE was none other than Zack Ryder, who is a veteran with the company and who has been with the company since 2005. Ryder is a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion, a one-time WWE United States Champion and a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion.
All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice President “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, who is one of Zack Ryder’s best friends inside and outside the wrestling business recently took to his Instagram and said nothing but high praises to Zack Ryder.
You can check out Cody Rhodes’ full Instagram post below:
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I’d like to take a moment to say how proud I am to be a friend of @zryder85 – In a world of weekend warriors and “play wrestlers”, this dude exudes passion and drive for pro-wrestling like no other. Through 14 years to see him CONSISTENTLY try to better himself(whether that be his in-ring work, or watching him physically mold himself and his body into such a specimen DRUG FREE with hard work and will). I have a little rule, and that’s that if you’ve ever “gotten over” in wrestling…you can always do so again. That rule being fully applicable to Matt now. At 34 years young, his best wrestling days are ahead of him. Cheers to a great start and 14 years of unrelenting blood, sweat, and tears. Future endeavors are limitless when you actually endeavor. I chose this picture because it was one of my last days at WWE, watching 80,000+ people applaud as Matt won gold was an eruption not only live in the arena but in the locker room as well. Hearing Dolph coordinate for his father to come over the rails(meanwhile I was ass deep into a broken ladder and stuck but had the best seat in the house) and seeing father/son embrace, I thought I’d be jealous or bitter, but I was truly happy and proud for one of my peers. Congratulations my friend, and good luck!