On April 15th, WWE released several talents as part of their major budget cuts; the company’s primary aim was to recover from the financial damages suffered by the coronavirus pandemic, and in order to achieve that goal, Vince McMahon let go of hundreds of employees without issuing any warning in advance.
Former Intercontinental Champion Matt Cardona (Zack Ryder) was on the list of Superstars who lost their jobs during these difficult and unprecedented times. While a move to AEW seems to be the most likely scenario, it remains to be seen whether Tony Khan would be interested in signing another “buried” WWE talent.
While answering a string of fan questions via his official Instagram handle, Co-Executive Vice President of AEW, Cody Rhodes opened up on the possibility of Cardona coming to Jacksonville.
“That guy’s the best. And he’s got over two million followers on Twitter and a million followers on Instagram, so a very broad influence, incredibly famous, more famous than a great deal of guys. The biggest hurdle Zack will face is his friendship with me. He’s one of my only close friends in wrestling, maybe my only friend in wrestling. I have my brother here, my beautiful wife, due to work. So it can’t be All Friends Wrestling, you gotta handle it the best way.”
Rhodes further noted that he is eagerly waiting for Cardona’s next move, and hopes that their paths will cross somewhere down the line.
On being asked whether there’s room for released WWE Superstar Heath Slater on the AEW roster, Rhodes gave a very straightforward answer that’s likely to upset the former 3MB member.
“Nope! No on Heath Slater.”
Now that AEW has closed its door on Slater, it would be interesting to see where he lands next. Meanwhile, Cardona’s move to AEW seems like an almost done deal given the close friendship he enjoys with Rhodes.