Matt Cardona Reveals What It Would Take To Sign With WWE Or AEW

Matt Cardona

Matt Cardona has named his terms if WWE or AEW want to make a move for him.

Matt Cardona’s time in WWE as Zack Ryder came to an end in April 2020 when he was released from his contract with the company. During his years there, he had captured the US and Intercontinental Titles as well as tag team gold but really made an impact with fans through his ground-breaking Z True Long Island Story YouTube show.

Since his departure, Cardona has worked with AEW and IMPACT Wrestling but perhaps surprisingly made his biggest breakthrough in GCW where he captured the GCW Title from deathmatch king Nick Gage in front of an extremely hostile crowd.

Since then Matt Cardona has also added his name to the lineage of the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship and seems to be enjoying life as a wrestling freelancer.

Is Matt Cardona trying to get snapped up?

Speaking to Wrestling Inc’s Jack Farmer, Matt Cardona spelled out exactly what it would take to return to WWE or even become All Elite and says the letters he’s most concerned about are C and C:

“It would take a lot of convincing. Listen, I’m a businessman. I would have a conversation with anybody who call me, but it would take the two C’s: cash and creative. Of course, there’s no promises with creative, but the intention would have to be there. I don’t want to just be a guy on a roster. Been there, done that, it’s great, and I get it if you’re fine with that. If you have a family, you want that check coming in. You want the security. I get it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but I don’t need that. Been there, done that.

“My dream wasn’t just to be a pro wrestler. My dream was to be a f***ing wrestling superstar. Right now, I’m doing it on my own, but if AEW called, if Tony Khan called me right now and said, ‘Hey, we want you for All In in Wembley,’ if it made sense, of course, I would go. If WWE called and said, ‘Hey, we want to bring you back,” blah blah blah, if it made sense, of course, I would go. But until then, I don’t need to go.”

Cardona then opened up about his run in the wrestling business following his WWE departure and says none of his work since then has been geared towards necessarily ever going back:

“I think that’s what’s so rewarding about this run is that, ever since I got released, it wasn’t like, “Oh, what can I do to get back to WWE,” or, “What can I do to go to AEW?” I don’t give a s***. I’m trying to make the most money, have the most fun, and I’m succeeding doing that. I’d argue that my buzz has never been higher. I’ll tell you right now, I’ve never made more money and I’ve never been happier, so I think I’m doing a pretty good job.”

As for his immediate future, Matt Cardona will be in action on the first night of NWA 75 which takes place on the 26th of August in St. Louis, Missouri.