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Matt Cardona on WWE’s referee rules that fans don’t know about, thoughts on AEW officiating, why he’s not bitter

Matt Cardona (former WWE star Zack Ryder) was the guest on Tuesday’s episode of Busted Open Radio. Cardona will make his AEW in-ring debut tomorrow night on Dynamite where he will team with Cody Rhodes against Dark Order members Alex Reynolds and John Silver.

Here are some highlights from the podcast:

Matt Cardona talked about his debut in AEW: “For me, I was nervous.  I was walking in there like the new kid in school.  All these people, whether I saw them wrestle or I saw them on social media, I knew everybody but I didn’t really know them.  It was weird introducing myself to these people who I know.  Some people I watched wrestle for years.  Everyone was very welcoming and very inviting.  They made me feel like I was there the whole time.”

Cardona discussed his love for wrestling:  “There are times when it has sucked and there was no light at the end of the tunnel.  That’s when you really have to love it.  It is so easy to love it when you are on TV every week and in a great spot.  Who wouldn’t love that.  You have to love it when you are sitting in catering.  You have to love it when you are not booked.  You have to love it when things aren’t going your way.  Then, when you get nights like last week, everything is so much better and sweeter that way.  Maybe that’s just my delusional way of thinking about it.  For me, that’s how I live my life.  I don’t want to live in bitterness.  What’s the point?  Why complain online?  You’re not going to be happier, I’ll tell you that.”

Cardona was asked what he thinks of the AEW officiating:  “I haven’t really noticed it.  I think in WWE, their officials have rules that the fans don’t even know about.  So, what’s the point of having all these rules if the fans don’t even know what’s going on?  I’m fine with the officiating going on in AEW.  I think the referees need to have authority and I think they do there.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Busted Open Radio with a h/t to for the transcription. Busted Open Radio can be heard on SiriusXM’s Fight Nation (Channel 156), Monday through Saturday from 9 am to Noon eastern.


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