Matt Cardona made quite the impact when he won the GCW World Championship. Fans pelted the ring with trash, disgusted with what they had seen.
“I’ll be honest, there was some fear. Walking through that curtain, you can watch the replay, I couldn’t get through the curtain and there were fans in my face. Luckily, GCW had some security for me because I think someone would have taken me out, or tried to. I finally get (to the ring) and you can feel the genuine hate (from the crowd). Not just, ‘this is the bad guy we’re supposed to boo,’ but hate. During the match, the atmosphere was exciting. People just wanted me to die in there. I was getting tweets about people wanting me to die and for Nick to kill Chelsea. Human beings are really typing this, what is wrong with people?
“Then, when I win, you saw the video. They are just throwing stuff. Bottles, full bottles. Someone threw a f**king pizza cutter. Jesus, come on. I tried to enjoy it, but I was genuinely concerned. This wasn’t like NWO with a couple of bottles and you stand there and smile. I didn’t know what was going to be thrown. I was in there for as long as I could and tried to get the money shot with the title. The GCW security was like, ‘we gotta go, run out the front.’ They brought me out and fans were still chasing us out. It was wild.”
Matt Cardona also said that the moment was one that will live forever.
“It’s 2021, we all know the deal. To get that kind of reaction, there have been similar reactions before, but I personally have never seen anything like that. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Do I wish fans would have shown me more respect? Cool. Do I wish someone didn’t throw a pizza cutter? Cool, but man, I don’t regret any of it because it will live forever.”
Cardona and Nick Gage have been feuding in recent weeks in a more realistic manner than most other wrestling feuds. While some have commended the moment for the fans’ reaction, others have said it reflected poorly on the wrestling business.