Unfortunately, back in mid-April, WWE made the decision to let go of Matt Cardona, also known as Zack Ryder.
Cardona was apart of a mass-cutting that saw 20 in-ring performers released by the company and 100 people behind the scenes also let go or furloughed.
The 35-year-old is one of the more unique WWE stories in the modern era. He basically got himself over with next to no help from the company.
Through his own YouTube channel, Ryder became wildly popular with the fans to the point where WWE couldn’t deny him.
When he did finally get the push many had hoped for, it did not last and his final few years with the company were spent in and out of storylines.
Although he was fired, his fiancé Chelsea Green is currently wrestling in NXT and is still very much a part of the company.
On Cardona and former WWE Superstar Brian Myers’s (Curt Hawkins) podcast, The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast, Cardona revealed that WWE wanted to use his pool for one of their SmackDown segments.
The segment featured Otis and Mandy Rose – which eventually aired a couple of weeks ago – and they wanted to use Cardona’s pool a matter of weeks after firing him.
“I’m sitting by the pool with Chelsea, and she has a weird look on her face,” Cardona began. “She’s checking her phone, and I’m like, ‘Babe, what’s up?’ She’s like, ‘Uh, someone from WWE asked me if Otis, Mandy Rose, and a camera crew can come here to film a pool scene for SmackDown.’ I was shaking in anger. Shaking in anger. You fired me, but you want to use my pool?
“I had a tweet sent, and I say this sometimes, ‘Don’t press send.’ [Laughs] It was a ‘Don’t press send’ tweet. I was just very, like, ‘You fired me, but you want to use my pool a couple weeks later?’ … I was pissed. The fact is they didn’t even ask me, they asked her!”
No wonder Cardona was mad! The fact they went straight to Green and asked her is pretty disrespectful in itself, let alone the request in the first place.
Cardona is yet to reveal his plans for his post-WWE career but it’s believed a lot of the released talent have to wait until mid-July before they can sign elsewhere.