Nic Nemeth has been challenged to a match by a man who once took away a title from him when he was Dolph Ziggler in WWE.
Following his WWE release in September 2023, Nic Nemeth is now wrestling using his real name rather than the Dolph Ziggler persona that he used in WWE. Nemeth has released videos and graphics calling himself the “Wanted Man” in pro wrestling.
On January 20th, Nic Nemeth will wrestle Puerto Rican legend Ray González at World Wrestling Council’s Euphoria event on the 20th of January in Puerto Rico. That will be his first post-WWE match with many more to come.
Matt Cardona is another former WWE star who has reinvented himself after spending 15 years as WWE’s Zack Ryder. Cardona was released in April 2020 and since then has thrived as the “Indy God” wrestling at several different promotions.
One of the companies that Cardona regularly competes for is GCW. He was scheduled to be in a match at GCW No Compadre on January 12, but his flight was canceled due to weather issues. That led to Cardona doing a promo via satellite while mentioning ex-WWE guys AJ Francis, Mustafa Ali and a match challenge for Ziggler.
“In 2024, the landscape of independent wrestling is about to change. There’s all this new blood, all these shiny new toys, all these new free agents. But let me remind you that I am The Agent, and it makes me sick, sick to my stomach that all these ex-WWE guys are coming over to the indies, and they’re trying to leech on companies like GCW to get buzz. Who should do something like that?
Guys like Dolla, AJ Francis. Dolla, I watched your GCW debut from my couch, and I thought my television was broken because there was zero pop. In fact, there was negative pop. Nobody gave a shit. But you’re still on the internet, talking trash, rapping, and asking ‘Who hotta?’ Well, I’ll tell you. The Indie God-a. So why don’t you sing and dance your big ass to the back of the line?
Mustafa Ali, congrats kid, you’re wearing these custom-made suits. Big deal. I think you’ve been a little too preoccupied the past two or three years bitching and moaning about your spot to realize that I am the President of Independent Wrestling, and my term is not over until I say so. Last but certainly not least, ‘The Wanted Man’ Nic Nemeth.
For over a decade, underrated, underappreciated, underutilized, according to him. Now’s his chance to show the world that he’s as good as he says he is. But I don’t think you are. Let me remind you, Nic. I’m the man that beat you to become the WWE United States Champion, and I fully intend to beat you again. So here we are. I’m laying out the challenge right here.
Nic Nemeth, Matt Cardona. You name the time, you name the place, it doesn’t matter to me because I’m Alwayz Ready. You can bring your lackey, bring your brother, bring Ryan because I got Jimmy fucking Lloyd, and I got the baddest bitch on the indies, SDL, and there is no way you’re stopping me, no way you’re dethroning me, no way you’re taking my crown because I’m the Deathmatch King, and I am the Indy God. Then, now, forever.”
When Did Matt Cardona Beat Nic Nemeth For The WWE US Title?
As mentioned in that promo from Cardona, he beat Nemeth for the US Title in WWE. That took place at TLC 2011 in the opening match with Cardona as Zack Ryder beating Dolph Ziggler with a Rough Ryder, much to the delight of the fans at the time.