Chris Jericho is a supporter of Matt Cardona, formerly known as Zack Ryder in WWE.
The former AEW World Heavyweight shared his take on the former WWE star joining AEW during a Saturday Night Special live stream on his YouTube channel.
Cardona made his promotional debut last week on AEW Dynamite by making the save for Cody Rhodes. He was released by WWE back in April due to budget cuts.
“I’m going to tell you what I think of Matt Cardona because there might be some issues with him being on the show. I don’t think there are issues in a bad way with me. I told Matt Cardona like five years ago maybe eight years ago to get the hell out of WWE because there comes a time where you can’t be a punching bag anymore because he’s far too good for that.
He looks like a million bucks, he knows how to work, he’s very solid in the ring, he’s very good creative, he just needs some confidence and a chance. I’m really excited that Cody and Tony [Khan] decided to give him a shot. I know I would love to work with him. I don’t want any more of this Long Island Iced Z bullsh*t, it’s gone. It’s like the first night that [Jake] Hager was in AEW and the people were chanting we the people.
I said that’s done, that was a bad idea from bad creative and it’s the same thing with Long Island Iced Z, the former name, the former ZR, he’s dead and buried. He’s done, this is a whole different thing, we’re going to show how much of an ass-kicker Matt Cardona is…he works very solid, very strong, believable, he looks like a monster especially in our company. So I am excited to have him in AEW and he is more than welcome to be there with us.”
Cody and Matt Cardona vs. John Silver and Alex Reynolds in a tag team match has been booked for this Wednesday’s Dynamite episode.
You can watch the entire stream by clicking on the player below: