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Matt Cardona admits he was ‘trying to walk away’ from WWE gimmick

Matt Cardona Admits He Was ‘Trying To Get Away’ From WWE Gimmick

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Zack Ryder was one of WWE’s most popular stars in 2011 and 2012, with Long Island Iced Z ending himself on his YouTube show Z True Long Island Story.

Ryder will be cast in the role of midcard babyface for the remainder of his nine years in WWE until his release back in 2020.

Since leaving WWE, we have now seen a more serious side of the man known as Matt Cardona, in which he has lost everything from his former WWE persona.

Cardona recently spoke to Sportskeeda, where he revealed that he was trying to get away from that look and gimmick during his days in WWE.

he said:

“Woo, woo, woo,” headband, sunglasses, it’s dead. And when I was Zack Ryder in WWE, I was trying to get away from him, but you can’t write the show.

“So if I’m trying to be more serious, but you’re not that serious, that’s it. So when I was let go, I was like, ‘Oh, my god.’ Not that there were any handcuffs, but the handcuffs were gone, and I was able to be my new version of me, whatever it was about to happen.”

Cardona is currently working for Impact Wrestling as well as making several independent dates, including her notable performance at GCW last year.

Since his rebranding upon WWE release, Cardona has stated that he is ready to return to the company, but believes it should be his current Matt Cardona persona rather than his Zack Ryder persona.

He is married to former WWE star Chelsea Green, who is reportedly WWE’s interest in bringing him back to the company.

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