American wrestler Matthew Brett Cardona, also known as Zack Ryder, is presently under contract with WWE. He also has a YouTube channel. He developed an early interest in wrestling and trained under coach Mikey Whipwreck before beginning a professional career. Since his 2007 WWE debut, he has once each taken home the Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, and WWE Tag Team Championship. He is a wrestler and a well-known figure on social media. He created the YouTube web series “Z! True Long Island Story,” which contained a selection of his brief comments and particular comic references to pop culture and wrestling. Even though the title hasn’t been approved by WWE, he declared himself the company’s “Internet Champion” in one of the show’s episodes. He has also been on the list of the top 100 sports-related Twitter users compiled by Sports Illustrated Magazine. He is a multi-talented individual who just published the music video “Hoeski,” which in just four days received over 100,000 views. Additionally, it was published on the WWE channel. He had additionally made an appearance on the Travel Channel’s documentary program “Toy Hunter.” Additionally, he has appeared in eight WWE video games.
Early Childhood & Life
On May 14, 1985, in Merrick, New York, in the United States, Matthew Brett Cardona was born. The details of his early years and parents are not well known. As a young child, he had a passion for wrestling and received instruction from Mikey Whipwreck.
During his senior year of high school, he disclosed in an interview with WWE magazine that the cancer in his foot had metastasized to his lungs. Even though he was able to battle and defeat the illness, he had to miss a year of school while receiving treatment. He further stated that his struggle with illness served as an inspiration for him to pursue a career in professional wrestling.
Career in Wrestling
In 2004, Cardona made his professional wrestling debut with New York Wrestling Connection under the ring name Brett Matthews. He teamed up with Bryan Myers, and the two went on to disqualify Dickie Rodz and Mason Raige, the NYWC Tag Team Champions. The pair eventually won the NYWC Championship after a rematch.
The Dead Presidents, made up of Lo Lincoln and Boog Washington, defeated Brett Matthews and Myers, who subsequently lost their championships. They eventually lost the title to the BS Express, which was made up of Tony Burma and Mike Spinelli, after some struggles to reclaim it.
He competed against Matt Morgan on SmackDown! in 2005 for his debut WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) appearance. He committed to a WWE development deal with Deep South Wrestling.
Myers adopted the name, Bryan Majors, while Brett Matthews adopted the name Brett Majors. The Untouchables made up of Dice Domino and Deuce Shade, were defeated by them in October 2005, and they went on to win the DSW Tag Team Championship. They finally lost the championships to Eric Perez and Sonny Siaki’s Urban Assault team.
They switched to Ohio Valley Wrestling in 2007, where they took home the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship. The pair also gained the opportunity to compete for the WWE Tag Team Championship as their careers developed. They eventually succeeded in winning the championship at the Great American Bash, becoming the youngest team to accomplish so. After the 2009 supplementary draft, the team had to eventually split up.
He returned to the ECW in 2009, when he suffered his first singles defeat. He was awarded a WWE Championship Match against the champion Sheamus some months later, however, it only lasted 11 seconds.
He eventually squared off against John Cena for a second shot at the WWE Championship, but he ultimately lost. But John Cena gave up his WWE Championship match so that he may get another shot.
The second opportunity was a no-disqualification fight that Ryder won with John Cena’s assistance against Mark Henry, the then-world heavyweight champion. However, Ryder had a really bad year in 2012, the year after that. He was listed as one of the “Top 10 Crashing Stars of 2012” by the publication “Pro Wrestling Torch.”
In 2013, Zack Ryder was defeated in each of his singles matches on both Smackdown and Raw. He competed in the 2013 Royal Rumble match but was defeated after just two minutes. The next year, he also failed to prevail in battle royals for the US Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the Andre the Giant Memorial Royal Battle at WrestleMania.
He was swiftly defeated in the 2015 Royal Rumble by Bray Watt. At WrestleMania 31, he also participated in the second annual Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal, which he once more lost.
He began making appearances in WWE’s developmental program NXT in June 2015, where he joined forces with Mojo Rawley to form a tag team. Until March 2016, he also continued to wrestle on Superstars and in the main events.
Ryder takes part in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34 on April 8, 2018. But Rawley quickly removed him. He was selected to Raw the following week as part of the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up. He has been hardly ever seen since the draft.
Career on YouTube & Other Works
Zack Ryder launched his ‘Z! True Long Island Story’ YouTube web series in 2011. It included a series of brief remarks by Ryder that incorporated humorous allusions to pop culture and professional wrestling. Although it was not authorized by WWE, he declared himself the internet champion of that organization. At a house exhibition in Australia, he also faced Primo to defend his online title.
He was listed as one of the top sports Twitter users in 2011 by the publication “Sports Illustrated.”
He launched the music video “Hoeski” in 2013, and it garnered 100,000 views in just four days. He launched ‘Zack Ryder’s Last Rezort,’ a new online series, in 2014.
He had an appearance in the Travel Channel documentary “Toy Hunter.” Additionally, he has made an overall eight WWE video game appearances. He appeared in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw for the first time in 2009 and again in 2011.
‘WWE 12’, ‘WWE 13’, ‘WWE 2K14’, ‘WWE 2K16’, and ‘WWE 2K17’ are some of the other games he has appeared in.
It was revealed in March 2017 that he would start a new YouTube series called “Z! True Comeback Story” about his comeback from a knee injury.
Individual Life of Zack Ryder
He was officially rumored to be dating Tenille Dashwood, better known as Emma, in 2015. Although it’s unclear when they started dating, on December 31, 2015, their relationship became known to the world. After that, the couple frequently posted photos of themselves on social networking sites. Later, they parted ways.
Zack Ryder’s relationship with Canadian stuntwoman and professional wrestler Laurel Van Ness was made public in April 2017. He’s seeing Chelsea Green right now.
He like the television show “Ghostbusters.” Additionally, he frequently wore ring attire with “Ghostbusters” motifs.
Estimated Net Worth of Zack Ryder
The estimated net worth of Zack Ryder is around $1 million.