Matt Cardona has admitted he had a very different idea for one of his big WWE moments.
The wrestler formerly known as Zack Ryder before his release in April 2020 has reflected on winning the Raw Tag Team Titles from The Revival at WrestleMania 35, which ended his tag partner and best friend Curt Hawkins’ 269-match losing streak.
Reflecting on the aftermath of his one-day Intercontinental Championship run after WrestleMania 32, Cardona exclusively told Metro.co.uk how his ‘whole mindset changed’.
‘That’s when I really started going into Vince – I wouldn’t say a lot, but when I thought I had a good idea. He was always very – he always listened, he gave me respect back,’ he explained, noting ‘a lot of those ideas’ didn’t happen.
He added: ‘But he gave me the time, he listened to them.’
One particular pitch involved a very different way for Hawkins – now wrestling under his real name Brian Myers – to end his losing streak.
‘WrestleMania was about to be in New York and New Jersey, one hometown. We had pitched that we would be the two final guys in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal and I would sacrifice myself,’ Cardona recalled.
‘Brian would clothesline me out, and he would get his big moment at WrestleMania, break the streak, win the trophy. Vince – he didn’t like it, which is fine.’
However, just a couple of weeks later, the pair instead won the gold on the very same pre-show as the Battle Royal they were meant to be part of, and Cardona is convinced their pitch sparked a change in plans.
He added: ‘Two weeks later, we win the tag team titles at WrestleMania! I believe because we went into his office and he’s like, “Oh these guys, they live here!”
‘I don’t know that for a fact, because we were just getting the Andre The Giant Battle Royale, and all of a sudden we’re in this tag team title match. We had no programme with The Revival at the time, they were doing something for months with Bobby Roode and Chad Gable.
‘Then all of a sudden, we’re in this match and we win the belts! I think that’s because we went and talked to Vince. You never know what’s gonna happen.’
Cardona was released in April 2020 as the company started a long run of roster cuts, and while he’s thrived as a freelancer he would love to go back to chase his dreams once more.
He exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m not trying to get back to WWE. But I’d lying if I said I never wanted to have a WrestleMania moment again, or I never wanted to wrestle at Madison Square Garden – of course I would.
‘If Triple H called me right now, if I had that 203 – that’s the area code for Stamford, Connecticut – of course I’d pick up. But right now, I’m focusing on being the best me possible, and having the most fun possible, and making the most money possible.’
The post Matt Cardona reveals rejected WWE pitch weeks before huge WrestleMania title win appeared first on My Celebrity Life.