Since he was released by WWE earlier this month, there’s been a lot of talk about whether AEW will be looking to sign Zack Ryder.
Thsis has largely been due to not only his talent but also the fact it’s very public that he’s good friends with one of the promotion’s executive vice presidents, Cody.
Cody has now commented on the possibility of Ryder, now going by his real name Matt Cardona, joining AEW during an Instagram Q&A.
The ‘American Nightmare’ said:
“Zack Ryder is the best. He’s got over two million followers on Twitter and over a million followers on Instagram. Very broad influence, incredibly famous, more famous than many guys out there. But that doesn’t always translate. The biggest hurdle he’ll face is his friendship with me. He’s one of my only really close friends in wrestling. Maybe my only friend in wrestling. I have my brother (in AEW), I have my beautiful wife, and they all do the work. This can’t be All Friends Wrestling. You have to handle it the best way. If you put on the Nightmare Family jacket, you’ve got a massive bullseye on your back, just in the locker room alone. It’s a total heat seeker. But I’m looking forward to what he does next. He’ll turn a lot of heads. I think and hope our paths will cross down the road. He’s just entering wrestler prime. Men’s wrestler prime is 35 to 40.”
Let us know whether you’d like to see Ryder/Cardona sign with AEW.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription