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Released WWE star teases jump to AEW

Zack Ryder has dropped a teaser about potentially joining AEW.

Ryder, real name Matt Cardona, was just one of many staff and talent who was released by WWE last month. The former WWE star hinted at the move in a response to the inaugural AEW TNT Champion Cody Rhodes, who is good friends with Ryder.

During Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite on TNT, Rhodes did an in-ring promo where he announced that since he’s a fighting champion, he plans to defend the title every week as long as he’s the champion.

With that, comes the open challenge gimmick where anyone can challenge for the title. This got an interesting response by Ryder, as seen below:

Rhodes already has an opponent for his first title defense, which will take place next week on Dynamite. This week’s show saw a Battle Royal take place to crown a new #1 contender. Jungle Boy ended up winning it and therefore will challenge Rhodes for the strap.

There is another connection between Ryder and AEW aside from his friendship with the AEW executive.

Ryder has retained the services of Michael E. Dockins, the same trademark attorney who handles trademarks for several wrestlers in AEW, for his own trademarks including “Internet Champion.”

Time will tell whether he ends up in AEW.


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