Matt Cardona, former WWE star Zack Ryder, was on Konnan’s “Keeping It 100” podcast this week.
Among several topics discussed, he talked about the time he thought he was going to get a push in late 2011 when the fans started to get behind him because of the videos he was posting on social media.
Matt Cardona (Zack Ryder) talking about him getting what he thought was a push in late 2011-early 2012 in WWE:
“I started the show in 2011 doing nothing on TV. By the end of 2011, that’s when I finally got on television and ended up winning the U.S. Title. I think the crowd, the people, I have to thank them. They were chanting my name. It got to a point where they said, ok, we have to do something with this kid. Right after that, I won the title in December. In January of the next year, 2012, at the time I’m involved with Cena and Cena is the top guy. Now I’m going to do something with John Cena, holy sh*t, this is great. Then I get choke slammed by Kane off the stage. I’m in this neck brace and I’m in a wheelchair. I’m thinking what’s going on here. Then at WrestleMania that year, I got kicked in the balls by Eve Torres. At the time, I’m thinking I’m working with Cena, I’m working with Kane, I’m in this WrestleMania match. I didn’t really realize it’s over until that WrestleMania ends, and then, pretty much, I’m done. I don’t continue on with Kane, nothing with Eve, nothing with Cena and I see everything I worked so hard for, disappear. I should have said, hey Vince, what’s going on here? The people are into me. I’ve busted my ass. I’m one of the top merch sellers. Why are we doing this? But I didn’t.”
There’s a lot more covered on the podcast including the upcoming season of “Dark Side of the Ring” and Konnan talks about the time when he was supposed to wrestle Hulk Hogan in WCW.