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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

Biography

- 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 sizeable 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


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