Matt Cardona recently sat down with Dave Penzer of Sitting Ringside and talked about a lot of things including his rise and fall in WWE.
Cardona revealed that during his time in WWE as Zack Ryder, he worked with some huge names in the industry. At one point, he was one of the top three merch sellers in the company. Yet, WWE didn’t capitalize, and Ryder remained a lower mid-carder.
“Eventually, I did get put on TV and I was doing some cool stuff. I was doing some stuff with Hugh Jackman, one of the biggest movie stars in the world. I won the United States Title. I did a run-in in Madison Square Garden and the whole building was chanting my name. I’m in a storyline with John Cena, the biggest name in the company. I thought, ‘This is working. It’s finally working.’ At one point I was in the top three merch sellers, and then all of a sudden, boom, it’s over.”
Recently, Caronda signed a contract with Impact Wrestling and will work with them for a limited time.