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On the July 30th 2020 episode of ''[[Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling AEW Dynamite]]'' Ryder (now going under his own name) ran in to save his real life friend Wrestling/CodyRhodes from a post-match beatdown. However his initial run with AEW was only for 2 months and his deal expired after ''All Out 2020'', making him a free agent, although he didn't rule out returning the promotion again at a later date.

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On the July 30th 2020 episode of ''[[Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling AEW Dynamite]]'' Ryder (now going under his own name) ran in to save his real life friend Wrestling/CodyRhodes from a post-match beatdown. However his initial run with AEW was only for 2 months and his deal expired after ''All Out 2020'', making him a free agent, although he didn't rule out returning the promotion again at a later date.
date. He would continue his tour of the wider wrestling world in 2021 when he appeared in Wrestling/ImpactWrestling on a similar limited appearance deal.


On the July 30th 2020 episode of ''[[Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling AEW Dynamite]]'' Ryder (now going under his own name) ran in to save his real life friend Wrestling/CodyRhodes from a post-match beatdown.

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On the July 30th 2020 episode of ''[[Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling AEW Dynamite]]'' Ryder (now going under his own name) ran in to save his real life friend Wrestling/CodyRhodes from a post-match beatdown.
beatdown. However his initial run with AEW was only for 2 months and his deal expired after ''All Out 2020'', making him a free agent, although he didn't rule out returning the promotion again at a later date.

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On the July 30th 2020 episode of ''[[Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling AEW Dynamite]]'' Ryder (now going under his own name) ran in to save his real life friend Wrestling/CodyRhodes from a post-match beatdown.


Matthew Brett Cardona (born May 14, 1985) is an American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er best known for his time in Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Zack Ryder, where he is a one-time [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]], one-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Champion]], and two-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE (Raw) Tag Team Champion]]. He also starred in his own webseries, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory'', which sums up everything you want to know about him.

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Matthew Brett Cardona (born May 14, 1985) is an American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er best known for his time in Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Zack Ryder, where he is a one-time [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]], one-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Champion]], and two-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE (Raw) Tag Team Champion]]. He also starred in his own webseries, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory'', which sums up everything you want to know about him.
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Matthew Brett Cardona (born May 14, 1985) is an American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er signed with Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Zack Ryder, where he is a former [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]], [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Champion]], and [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE Tag Team Champion]]. He also starred in his own webseries, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory'', which sums up everything you want to know about him.

A point of trivia: Ryder originally debuted dressed up as Wrestling/{{Edge}}, but realized the WWE was not exactly hurting for long-haired blonds. The "broski" makeover was largely his own idea. This did not impress the head honchos at WWE, who bought the rights to Ryder's show and proceeded to job him out to [[OutOfFocus whatever midcard wrestler wasn't busy at the time]]. Critics of the WWE have pointed to Ryder as an example of how politics have bogged the company down in recent years.

However, at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'', Ryder defied all odds when he came away as the Intercontinental Champion in a 7-man ladder match.

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Matthew Brett Cardona (born May 14, 1985) is an American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er signed with best known for his time in Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Zack Ryder, where he is a former one-time [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]], one-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Champion]], and two-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE (Raw) Tag Team Champion]]. He also starred in his own webseries, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory'', which sums up everything you want to know about him.

A point of trivia: Ryder originally debuted dressed up Cardona began working in the professional wrestling industry in 2004, mainly as Wrestling/{{Edge}}, but realized a tag team with Brian Myers on the independent circuit and then eventually in WWE (with Myers going as Curt Hawkins), where they won the WWE Tag Team Championship. After the team split in 2009, he was not exactly hurting for long-haired blonds. The "broski" makeover was largely featured sparingly on television. In 2011, he started publishing his own idea. web series ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory''. 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. However, it was later reported that this did not impress the head honchos at WWE, who bought the rights to Ryder's show basically just to cancel it and proceeded to job return him out to [[OutOfFocus whatever midcard wrestler wasn't busy at the time]]. jobber status, effectively putting him OutOfFocus. Critics of the of WWE have pointed to Ryder as an example of how politics have bogged the company down in recent years.

However,
years. Besides winning the Intercontinental Championship in a ladder match at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'', Ryder defied all odds when 32'' (before he came away as lost the Intercontinental Champion title the next night on ''Raw'') and winning the tag team titles with Hawkins a second time at ''[=WrestleMania=] 35'', he would remain in a 7-man ladder match.
that status until both him and Hawkins were released by WWE in April 2020 as part of budget cuts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Matthew Brett Cardona (born May 14, 1985) is a {{professional wrestl|ing}}er signed with Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Zack Ryder, where he is a former [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]], [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Champion]], and [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE Tag Team Champion]]. He also starred in his own webseries, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory'', which sums up everything you want to know about him.

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Matthew Brett Cardona (born May 14, 1985) is a an American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er signed with Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Zack Ryder, where he is a former [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]], [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Champion]], and [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE Tag Team Champion]]. He also starred in his own webseries, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory'', which sums up everything you want to know about him.


* AscendedFanboy: Let's see, big WWE fan growing up in Long Island, and he and Curt Hawkins were huge Edge fans. Not only do they make it to the WWE and become Tag Team champions, but they were in a PowerStable with their favorite WWE Superstar.


'''Zack Ryder''' is a {{professional wrestl|ing}}er signed with Wrestling/{{WWE}}, where he is a former [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]], [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Champion]], and [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE Tag Team Champion]]. He also starred in his own webseries, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory'', which sums up everything you want to know about him.

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'''Zack Ryder''' Matthew Brett Cardona (born May 14, 1985) is a {{professional wrestl|ing}}er signed with Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Zack Ryder, where he is a former [[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]], [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html United States Champion]], and [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE Tag Team Champion]]. He also starred in his own webseries, ''WebVideo/ZTrueLongIslandStory'', which sums up everything you want to know about him.


* ADayInTheLimelight: Before ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 32'', Zack was barely making it onto ''Superstars'' and ''Main Event''. In ''Mania'', he won the Intercontinental Championship in a Ladder Match.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: Before ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 32'', Zack was barely making it onto ''Superstars'' and ''Main 'Main Event''. In ''Mania'', he won the Intercontinental Championship in a Ladder Match.



* DidntSeeThatComing: Nobody, and we mean ''nobody'' thought he was going to come away from ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' with the Intercontinental Title- right up until the very second where he shoved Wrestling/TheMiz off the ladder to grab the belt himself.

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Nobody, and we mean ''nobody'' thought he was going to come away from ''[=WrestleMania=] ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 32'' with the Intercontinental Title- right up until the very second where he shoved Wrestling/TheMiz off the ladder to grab the belt himself.himself. Unfortunately, Miz would invoke his rematch clause the night afterwards and Wrestling/{{Maryse}} would successfully distract Ryder by attacking his dad, which allowed the Miz to capitalize and recover the Intercontinental Championship.



* FifteenMinutesOfFame: At ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 32'', Ryder would stun the WWE universe by competing in a 7-way ladder match against Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Sin Cara, Stardust and The Miz, catching Miz off guard in the midst of a premature celebration, pushing him off the ladder and seizing the Intercontinental belt. Unfortunately, this would be short-lived as Wrestling/TheMiz would invoke his rematch clause the night afterwards, and Wrestling/{{Maryse}} would distract Ryder by attacking his dad, which allowed Miz to snatch the belt back from Ryder, who would never regain the Intercontinental title.



** In ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'', Ryder wins the Intercontinental Championship. On the ''Raw'' following ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'', Ryder has an emotional speech about him becoming Intercontinental Champion, and the crowd is totally behind him. Then Wrestling/TheMiz shows up and goads him into a title match which Ryder loses. Then he loses again on a rematch in the following ''[=SmackDown=]''. Poor guy can't catch a break.

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** In ''[=WrestleMania=] ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 32'', Ryder wins the Intercontinental Championship. On the ''Raw'' following ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'', Ryder has an emotional speech about him becoming Intercontinental Champion, and the crowd is totally behind him. Then Wrestling/TheMiz shows up and goads him into a title match which Ryder loses.loses, with help from Wrestling/{{Maryse}} attacking his dad. Then he loses again on a rematch in the following ''[=SmackDown=]''. Poor guy can't catch a break.


** After getting a new shirt, identical to the "Broski" t-shirt but with "Are you serious, Bro?" instead of "Take Care, Spike Your Hair." The reported reason for this is VinceMcMahon didn't want anything with "spike" on merchandise, because it obviously promotes Creator/SpikeTV and in turn, TNA. ''What?''

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** After getting a new shirt, identical to the "Broski" t-shirt but with "Are you serious, Bro?" instead of "Take Care, Spike Your Hair." The reported reason for this is VinceMcMahon Wrestling/VinceMcMahon didn't want anything with "spike" on merchandise, because it obviously promotes Creator/SpikeTV and in turn, TNA. ''What?''


* BreakupBreakout: With his former tag partner, Curt Hawkins. Ryder's gone from jobber to United States Champion and top fan favorite in less than a year. The high point of Hawkins' post-Edge career was getting squashed by Wrestling/BrodusClay in Clay's "Funkasaurus" debut. Even applied after Ryder was demoted to extra again at the beginning of 2012, as by June 2014 Hawkins was released.


* DidntSeeThatComing: Nobody, and we mean ''nobody'' thought he was going to coming away from ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' with the Intercontinental Title- right up until the very second where he shoved Wrestling/TheMiz off the ladder to grab the belt himself.

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Nobody, and we mean ''nobody'' thought he was going to coming come away from ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' with the Intercontinental Title- right up until the very second where he shoved Wrestling/TheMiz off the ladder to grab the belt himself.

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Nobody, and we mean ''nobody'' thought he was going to coming away from ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' with the Intercontinental Title- right up until the very second where he shoved Wrestling/TheMiz off the ladder to grab the belt himself.


--> '''Zack Ryder:''' Earlier this year, probably January or so, I looked myself in the mirror and said this career is not where I want it to be. [[LastDance I had nothing to lose]]; I was on a path to get released. What were they going to do? Fire me? Not put me on TV? I wasn’t on TV anyway. My life was going to change one way or the other. I knew I was either going to get fired or get noticed. '''''[[{{Determinator}} I got]] [[TookALevelInBadass noticed]]'''''.

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--> '''Zack Ryder:''' Earlier this year, probably January or so, I looked myself in the mirror and said this career is not where I want it to be. [[LastDance [[TheLastDance I had nothing to lose]]; I was on a path to get released. What were they going to do? Fire me? Not put me on TV? I wasn’t on TV anyway. My life was going to change one way or the other. I knew I was either going to get fired or get noticed. '''''[[{{Determinator}} I got]] [[TookALevelInBadass noticed]]'''''.

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