It’s already being called “Black Wednesday” by fans, and April 15, 2020 will likely go down as one of the saddest days in modern wrestling history.
At time of writing, 20 main roster stars including Rusev, Zack Ryder, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and Rowan have been released, as well as a number of NXT stars.
The list is only expected to grow in the near future, but it was the release of Zack Ryder that caught the eye of AEW Vice President and former AEW star Cody.
Taking the Instagram, Cody posted:
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I’d like to take a moment to say how proud I am to be a friend of @zryder85 – In a world of weekend warriors and “play wrestlers”, this dude exudes passion and drive for pro-wrestling like no other. Through 14 years to see him CONSISTENTLY try to better himself(whether that be his in-ring work, or watching him physically mold himself and his body into such a specimen DRUG FREE with hard work and will). I have a little rule, and that’s that if you’ve ever “gotten over” in wrestling…you can always do so again. That rule being fully applicable to Matt now. At 34 years young, his best wrestling days are ahead of him. Cheers to a great start and 14 years of unrelenting blood, sweat, and tears. Future endeavors are limitless when you actually endeavor. I chose this picture because it was one of my last days at WWE, watching 80,000+ people applaud as Matt won gold was an eruption not only live in the arena but in the locker room as well. Hearing Dolph coordinate for his father to come over the rails(meanwhile I was ass deep into a broken ladder and stuck but had the best seat in the house) and seeing father/son embrace, I thought I’d be jealous or bitter, but I was truly happy and proud for one of my peers. Congratulations my friend, and good luck!
Cody and Ryder are incredibly close, which would seemingly point towards Ryder possibly moving to AEW in the near future, but with AEW also looking to save money in this time of economic unrest, it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen next.