Zack Ryder
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Ring name:

Zack Ryder

Billed height:

6 ft 2 in.

Billed Weight:

214 lb

Billed from:

Long Island, New York

Matt Cardona (born May 14, 1985), better known by his ring name Zack Ryder, is an American professional wrestler signed to AAW. Cardona wrestled mostly with his tag team partner Brian Myers/Curt Hawkins on the independent circuit

Professional wrestling careerEdit

New York Wrestling Connection (2004-2006)Edit

Cardona debuted with New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) in 2004, using the name Brett Matthews. By 2005 he began regularly teaming with Bryan Myers and the duo of Myers and Matthews went on to defeat the NYWC Tag Team Champions Dickie Rodz and Mason Raige by disqualification, for which titles do not change hands. At the next event on June 4 they won a rematch decisively to become Tag Team Champions. Later that month they were attacked by The Dead Presidents (Lo Lincoln and Boog Washington) to set up a feud where they eventually lost their titles against them in July. on August 27. On September 23 they were entered into a three way match with the champions but Team Tremendous (Dan Barry and Ken Scampi) ended up with the belts.After continuing to win matches they re-earned a match against Team Tremendous and won the titles for the second time on January 25, 2006. They held the titles until they faced the B.S. Xpress (Tony Burma & Mike Spinelli), who defeated them for the gold on March 26.

Annihilation Attitude WrestlingEdit

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Other mediaEdit

Ryder started a YouTube web series called Z! True Long Island Story in February 2011, which has amassed over 12 million views to date. The web series is a collection of short comments from Ryder, containing comedic allusions to wrestling and pop culture; it also features cameos from his friends and family, as well as fellow AAW colleagues.In April 2011, Ryder proclaimed himself AAW Internet Champion. complete with a children's replica belt covered in stickers, as it was unsanctioned by AAW. In July 2011, Ryder would appear to defend his Internet Championship at a non-televised show in Australia against Primo, but later commented that it was a non-title match, and that he would never defend his Internet Championship. Ryder soon replaced the toy belt with a $1,500 custom-made belt by Wildcat Championship Belts in July 2011.

Ryder's online popularity also translated to social media. He has over 700,000 followers on Twitter, over 200,000 Facebook "likes", and over 120,000 YouTube subscribers. This led him to be featured in Sports Illustrated's list of the 100 most influential social media users in sports.

In wrestlingEdit