Matt Cardona

  • Born: 05/14/1985 in Merrick, New York
  • Birthname: Matthew Brett Cardona
  • Height & Weight: 6'2", 224 Ib
Titles Won:
  • NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship
  • WWE United States Championship
  • WWE (Raw) Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Zack Ryder

After joining WWE, he has since become a one-time Intercontinental Champion, a one-time United States Champion and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion. Cardona began working in the professional wrestling industry in 2004, mainly as a tag team with Curt Hawkins on the independent circuit and then eventually in WWE, where they won the WWE’s tag team championship. After the team split in 2009, Cardona made appearances on ECW.

After ECW ended, he was featured sparingly on WWE television. In 2011, he started publishing a YouTube web series called Z! True Long Island Story where he proclaimed himself WWE’s “Internet Champion”, though this championship was not sanctioned by WWE. This and his use of social networking websites helped him in establishing a fan following and a bigger television role with WWE as a result.

In 2020, Ryder was released from WWE during the COVID-19 pandemic. He soon made his AEW debut under his real name Matt Cardona.

Notable Feuds: vs. Tommy Dreamer, vs. Kane

Other Notable Achievements: Impact Digital Media Championship, DSW Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Bryan Myers, NYWC Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Bryan Myers, OVW Southern Tag Team Championship – with Bryan Majors