Matthew Brett Cardona (born May 14, 1985) is an American professional wrestler who is currently signed to WWE under the ring name Zack Ryder. After joining WWE in 2007, he has since become a one-time Intercontinental Champion, a one-time United States Champion, and a one-time Tag Team Champion.
Cardona began working in the professional wrestling industry in 2004, mainly as a tag team with Brian Myers/Curt Hawkins on the independent circuit and then eventually in WWE, where they won WWE's tag team championship.
After the team split in 2009, Cardona made appearances on ECW.
After ECW ended in 2010, he was featured sparingly on WWE television.
Ryder made his return to ECW on May 5, 2009 in a backstage segment with General Manager Tiffany.
He now sported short hair, tanned skin, sunglasses, a headband, half-trunks/half-tights, displaying something of an arrogant Long Island guido character and more frequent uses of catchphrases "woo woo woo" and "you know it", that he had used sparingly in the tag team."It was way before The Jersey Shore. So I just took my real personality, turned the volume way up, cut the hair, went to all the clubs on Long Island, like GLO, and fist pumped with all my broskies until I finally found who I really was, and portrayed it to the world, throwing up the 'LI' hand signal".
For the remainder of the year and well into 2011, Ryder mostly became used on the non-branded Superstars show, occasionally teaming with Primo.
Mendes was drafted to Smack Down as part of the 2010 Supplemental Draft without Ryder, so Ryder sought a new valet, trying to impress Alicia Fox and Gail Kim while they watched his matches at ringside.At Survivor Series later in November, with Ryder not wrestling on the card, there were multiple "We Want Ryder" chants, including during the U. title match and during The Rock's show-closing speech. This second chance was a no disqualification match against then World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry, which Ryder won with interference from Cena, 2012 turned out to be less of a success for Ryder than 2011.On the December 5 episode of Raw, Ryder lost a match to Cena and a chance for a WWE Championship shot, but Cena surrendered his WWE Championship match so Ryder could have a second chance, but for the U. The Baltimore Sun wrote, "The 2011 calendar year was a dream for Ryder...We guarantee you 100% pleasure and it cant really be different since we update our movie content daily!
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But 2012 was a nightmare..." Seemingly all the glory of his You Tube hit fizzled...