Former WWE Superstar Matt Cardona (Zack Ryder) recently had an interview with WrestlingInc.com where he discussed several topics including the potential of him signing a long-term contract, his current awesome run in the indie circuit, and his massive action figure collection. You can check out the highlights below.
Matt Cardona on what it would take for him to sign a long-term contract:
“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.”
Matt Cardona on what’s rewarding about his current run:
“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.”
Matt Cardona on if he has the best action figure collection:
“It’s funny. I have a lot of wrestling figures, non-wrestling figures. I have a lot of high-end stuff. I have a lot of stuff that’s worth nothing. I don’t think anybody could have the best collection. I think everybody’s collection is special in its own way. Everyone can make their own rules, collect what they want, whether they’re a completist and get every single figure in a particular line or just who they like. Yeah, I don’t think anyone can have the best collection. I’m not trying to compete with anyone in that regard. If you get something and you like it, it makes you happy and you have it on display or you even have it in a Ziploc, in some tote, in your garage, whatever makes you happy, whatever you want to collect, do it. I don’t judge anybody’s collection. I think they’re all equal.”
Huge fan of pro-wrestling for over 25 years. Lived through the Monday night wars (WWE/WCW) and the ECW revolution. Currently a big fan of Lucha Underground, NXT, MLW, PWG, and even Impact Wrestling…