Pro Wrestling Since 1997


Zack Ryder

Real name: Matthew Cardona
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 205 lbs.
Date of birth:
From: North Merrick, NY
Pro debut: 2004
Trained by: Mikey Whipwreck
Finishing move: Rough Ryde


– In mid-2004, Cardona made his professional debut for NYWC as ‘Brett Matthews’
– On June 4, 2005, Matthews & Brian Myers defeated Maison Raige & Dickie Rodz to win the NYWC Tag Team Titles
– On July 30, 2005, Matthews & Myers defeated The Dead Presidents (Boog Washington & Lo Lincoln) to retain the NYWC Tag Team Titles
– On January 25, 2006, Matthews & Myers defeated Team Tremendous (Ken Scampi & Dan Barry) to win the NYWC Tag Team Titles for a second time
– On February 24, 2006, Cardona signed a WWE development deal. Soon after, it was announced that Myers had also signed a development deal
– On February 25, 2006, Matthews & Myers defeated Silent But Violent (Josh Daniels & Quiet Storm) to retain the NYWC Tag Team Titles
– On March 18, 2006, Matthews & Myers defeated Joey Braggiol & Mega to retain the NYWC Tag Team Titles
– On April 6, 2006, Matthews & Myers (now wrestling as Brett & Bryan Majors) made their DSW debuts
– On October 12, 2006, The Majors Brothers defeated The Untouchables (Deuce Shade & Domino) to win the DSW Tag Team Titles
– On October 26, 2006, The Majors Brothers defeated Urban Assault (Eric Perez & Sonny Siaki) to retain the DSW Tag Team Titles
– On January 19, 2007, The Majors Brothers defeated William Regal & Dave Taylor and The Samoan Fight Club (Afa Jr & Sonny Siaki) in a 3-Way Match to win the vacant DSW Tag Team Titles
– On February 15, 2007, The Majors Brothers defeated Team Elite (Mike Knox & Derrick Neikirk) by DQ to retain the DSW Tag Team Titles
– After WWE severed ties with DSW in April 2007, The Majors Brothers were re-assigned to OVW
– On May 1, 2007, The Major Brothers (having dropped the ‘s’) debuted on ECW, defeating Marcus Cor Von & Matt Striker
– On June 15, 2007, The Major Brothers defeated Bolin Services (Charles Evans, Justin LaRouche & Dr Tomas) in a Handicap Match to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Titles
– On June 17, 2007, The Major Brothers were drafted to Smackdown
– On December 21, 2007, the duo aligned with Edge and were renamed Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
– At The Great American Bash 2008, Ryder & Hawkins defeated The Miz & John Morrison, Jesse & Festus and Finlay & Hornswoggle in a 4-Way Match to win the WWE Tag Team Titles. They remain the youngest team to hold the titles
– On April 15, 2009, Ryder was drafted to ECW, separating the team for the first time in 4 years
– On May 5, 2009, Ryder debuted on ECW, sporting the look that he has become renowned for
– On December 29, 2009, Ryder defeated Tommy Dreamer, forcing Dreamer out of WWE
– After the closure of the ECW brand, Ryder was assigned to Raw
– On June 8, 2010, Ryder was announced as the mentor of Titus O’Neil on NXT Season 2
– On August 16, 2010, Ryder was on the wrong end of the second-shortest WWE Title match in history, losing to Sheamus in 11 seconds
– In February 2011, dissatisfied with his WWE position, Ryder started ‘Z! True Long Island Story’ on Youtube in an attempt to promote his character. The series eventually earned Ryder a sizable fan following
– On July 29, 2011, Ryder was appointed as the assistant to Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long
– On September 19, 2011, Ryder (with Hugh Jackman) defeated Dolph Ziggler
– On December 5, 2011, Ryder defeated Mark Henry in a No-DQ Match
– At TLC 2011, Ryder defeated Dolph Ziggler to win the WWE United States Title
– In January 2012, Ryder became involved in the Kane-John Cena feud, frequently getting attacked by Kane
– At WrestleMania 28, Ryder was part of Team Teddy as they were defeated by Team Johnny in a 12-Man Tag Team Match
– In 2013, Ryder’s TV appearances became few and far between
– On July 21, 2014, Ryder won his first Raw match in 18 months, defeating Fandango after interference from Layla
– In November 2014, Ryder announced that he had torn his rotator cuff and would likely require surgery
– In June 2015, Ryder returned to WWE developmental, forming ‘The Hype Bros’ with Mojo Rawley
– In a dark match prior to Takeover: Brooklyn, The Hype Bros, Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady defeated Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder
– In a dark match prior to WWE’s Live MSG Special, Ryder defeated Bo Dallas
– At WrestleMania 32, Ryder defeated Kevin Owens, Stardust, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz & Sin Cara in a Ladder Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title, but would lose it to Miz the next night on Raw

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