ZACK RYDER BACKSTAGE
Name
Zack Ryder
Real Name
Matthew Cardona
Date of Birth
May 14, 1984
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2004
Zack Ryder
During a recent interview, Curt Hawkins revealed that the locker room morale in WWE took a massive hit whenever the company refused to push Zack Ryder properly. The wrestlers backstage felt that it would be virtually impossible for some of them to receive a push when a guy like Ryder, who built up a following on his own, was not being rewarded by WWE.
June 25, 2014
Zack Ryder
While he does not receive a ton of praise form his employers, Zack Ryder revealed to WWE fans through this Twitter post that the Ultimate Warrior praised him when they met backstage this past week. Warrior told Ryder that his impersonation is actually better than the real gimmick.
April 11, 2014
Zack Ryder
Since WWE has filed trademark paperwork on his name, Ric Flair is expected to be utilized as an on screen character soon. While nothing has been confirmed at this time, there are talks backstage of the former WCW champion being a manager again. There are rumors that he could be paired up with Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder, if management opts to make that stable happen.
March 22, 2014
Zack Ryder
Earlier in the year, there were some minor talks backstage about putting Miz and Dolph Ziggler into a stable together, where the theme of the group is that performers are disgruntled with their positions within WWE. Miz even started a few segments on Monday Night Raw for that. Now, there are talks that Zack Ryder could be thrown into the mix as a third member.
March 15, 2014
Zack Ryder
While many are hoping that he eventually makes it to the main event level in WWE, there are those backstage that feel that his push needs to be drawn out, in order to prevent backlash from fans. Since management wants to go slow, there is a chance that they could feed him a low level baby face, such as Zack Ryder or R Truth, in his debut feud.
February 28, 2014
Zack Ryder

Last night, WWE wanted to push the heel turn by Titus ONeil, so they gave him a match. Since someone was needed to put him over, officials backstage went with Zack Ryder, who has not worked a televised match on Monday Night Raw since October of last year.

February 4, 2014
Josh Mathews
Josh Mathews might not be out of a job for too long. Rumors are floating around that TNA is very close to signing him to a contract. When he was backstage at Impact Wrestling, he did not seem like a typical visitor, as management was introducing him to people backstage. The belief is that he would be a valuable asset since he understands a lot about the production in WWE.
July 25, 2014
Brock Lesnar
During a recent podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle confirmed the longstanding rumors that he and Brock Lesnar got into a backstage fight when both were with WWE. Angle stated that he initiated the brawl with Lesnar because Lesnar was telling the other wrestlers that Angle was too small for him to wrestle. The incident was more of an amateur wrestling match than a fist fight.
July 24, 2014
John Cena
A lot of people backstage in WWE have been joking around lately about John Cena possibly being the next guy to leave the company to pursue a career in Hollywood. He's got a couple of parts coming up that might help him gain the attention of the studios. There are also talks that Cena is a lot more injured than he lets on, so an acting career might seem like a better option nowadays.
July 23, 2014
Brie Bella
One of the ideas being floated around backstage in WWE is to turn Nikki Bella into a heel. The story would be that Stephanie McMahon finally gets to her by getting Nikki to believe that Brie Bella has left her hanging. Nikki would grow tired of being abused by the Authority, so she ends up doing a heel turn against her sister. The story would more than likely be featured on Total Divas as well.
July 22, 2014
Bray Wyatt
As late as Saturday, management had plans in place for Bray Wyatt to beat Chris Jericho at WWE Battleground 2014. However, Vince McMahon called an audible and had Jericho winning the match. No word yet on why McMahon made this decision, but it is being said that a lot of people backstage were against the idea because Wyatt had already started losing momentum with the audience.
July 22, 2014
Road Dogg
Since the company has been releasing people left and right due to the budget cuts, there is some understandable paranoia backstage in WWE nowadays. Recently, people were under the impression that Road Dogg had been released because he was not around for a couple of the television taping. However, it turned out to be a false alarm, as the former Intercontinental Champion was simply on vacation.
July 21, 2014
Ricky Steamboat
Something must have changed drastically backstage in WWE, as Ricky Steamboat appears to be back with the company. The legendary performer had to inform promoters that he would no longer be able to make appearances unless they contacted WWE to get approval. Steamboat booked himself on a lot of independent wrestling shows after being released from the company.
July 21, 2014
Sting
Fans weren't the only ones excited this week when it was announced that Sting was going to be on the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game. The performers backstage were excited as well, as many of them grew up watching Sting during his prime. It's still uncertain as to the extent of the deal that he signed with WWE, but wrestlers are simply excited to have him involved in any shape or form.
July 16, 2014
Bray Wyatt
When Bray Wyatt was accidentally busted open by some errant punches from Ric Flair at a WWE live event in Madison Square Garden this past weekend, he took it extremely well. Some are even saying that he looked like he enjoyed the moment with the legendary Flair in a legendary arena. Since he did not get upset about the incident, people backstage are praising Wyatt for his attitude.
July 16, 2014
Dean Ambrose
During the main event of Monday Night Raw this week, it appeared that Seth Rollins injured his knee during an interaction with Roman Reigns. Rumors are floating around now that he is actually fine and was just selling the move. However, there are reports that WWE is simply downplaying things, so that fans will continue to be hyped for his upcoming match against Dean Ambrose. Fans in attendance noted that the referee did indeed signal the medical crew backstage when the incident happened.
July 15, 2014
Jim Cornette
Anyone that has heard Jim Cornette speak over the last decade should already know that he absolutely hates Vince Russo. The former WWE manager routinely sways regular conversations into diatribes against Russo. Through Twitter, Russo offered to make pace with Cornette. As expected, though, Cornette wants nothing to do with that. He refuses to end the backstage heat between the two.
July 14, 2014
CM Punk
Showing that some friendships extend beyond the business, Undertaker and his wife Michelle McCool recently attended a comedy show featuring Mick Foley. The longtime WWE couple wanted to show support for their old friend. The two of them even went backstage to catch up with Foley for a bit. Several wrestlers in the industry, including CM Punk recently, have made the effort to go watch Foley tell jokes.
July 14, 2014
JTG
While morale is really low backstage due to the recent and severe drop in royalty checks, WWE performers are not speaking out on the matter because they are afraid of Vince McMahon. Many saw what happened to JTG when he voiced his opinion about low pay per view bonus checks. The former Cryme Tyme member was buried for more than a year and recently was given a release form his contract.
July 14, 2014
Bray Wyatt
A black eye usually is not something to be proud of. It is, however, when you're a lifelong wrestling fan being punched by one of the greatest performers that the industry has ever seen. Bray Wyatt received a black eye during a big live event at Madison Square Garden in New York City over the weeken due to an errant punch by Ric Flair. Reports are stating that the incident happened because Flair forgot that he was wearing his hall of fame ring. There is said to be no backstage heat between the two due to the injury.
July 14, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the company is expected to lose several millions of dollars this year, WWE has decided to scale back on their catering at live events. Vince McMahon was well known for being rather generous with his performers when it comes to food being served backstage. Sometimes, the dishes were very lavish. Food will still be served at WWE events, but they will be much simpler.
July 12, 2014
Daniel Bryan
While many are under the impression that he is temporarily holding the WWE Championship until Daniel Bryan can return from a serious neck injury, word coming out of backstage is that John Cena is expected to have a lengthy title reign. Management wants people to believe that his 15th title reign is very important, so they might keep the belt on him a long time to emphasize that.
July 12, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Initially, Daniel Bryan had surgery to repair a seriously damaged neck. However, doctors found further issues for the former WWE champion recently. His shoulders are pretty messed up as well. Additional procedures could be required to repair all of the damage to his body. Bryan is out indefinitely, and there is no timetable backstage for his return.
July 10, 2014
Emma
Even though the company quickly rehired her, Emma might actually still be in hot water with WWE. The diva was not spotted backstage at Monday Night Raw or Smackdown this week. The belief is that the company has sent her home for the time being. Many believe that it will be quite some time before Emma is allowed back on television.
July 10, 2014
Jonathan Coachman
In a rather interesting bit of news, Renee Young has been moving up the ladder quite a bit in WWE. The belief is that the company is trying to appease her after finding out that ESPN was interested in bringing the beautiful blonde over to their network. The company had already lost Jonathan Coachman and Todd Grisham to the sports network. They don't want to lose Young as well. There are those backstage that even believe that Vince McMahon could allow her to become a commentator on Smackdown or Monday Night Raw, in order to keep her from bolting.
July 10, 2014
Mick Foley
Another source of discontent for WWE performers lately is the amount of the royalty checks that are being handed out. Wrestlers who used to receive $70,000 quarterly checks for the video game are now reportedly receiving closer to $10,000. There has been some proof of that, as Mick Foley was quite vocal towards WWE about the decrease in royalties earlier in the year. A lot of the top level performers received approximately $1,500 on their second quarterly royalty check, which surprised a lot of people backstage.
July 10, 2014
Zack Ryder
Earlier in this week, Zack Ryder revealed to fans that WWE is no longer selling his merchandise. The belief is that it is a part of the company's plan to diminish his name value for when they decide to release him from his contract. Since the start of the year, Ryder has only been utilized eight times on television, all of which were losses. He hasn't had a victory on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since December of 2012, when he pinned David Otunga on Raw.
July 5, 2014
Zack Ryder
A status update on Twitter from Zack Ryder, informing fans that WWE is no longer selling any of his merchandise. Rumors have been circulating that the company wants to downplay his popularity, and this revelation lends credibility to those speculations. The fact that Ryder actually pointed it out in public is a sign that he could be really frustrated with his situation in WWE.
July 1, 2014
Zack Ryder
In a rather interesting move, WWE did a live event in Long Island this week, and they did not bother to put Zack Ryder, a well known resident of the city, on the show. Instead, Ryder was utilized at the WWE live event in Pennsylvania. Rumors have been floating around over the last year that management has been trying to downplay Ryder and reduce his popularity with the audience.
June 23, 2014
Zack Ryder
If you routinely watch Monday Night Raw, then you already know that Adam Rose has a bunny in his entourage. Rumors are floating around that the person portraying that character is actually Zack Ryder. However, the long time WWE star is denying it and has been doing so for the last several weeks. Dolph Ziggler recently flamed the fans of those rumors by telling fans on Twitter that it is Ryder.
May 21, 2014
Samoa Joe
As some of you already know, former WWE and TNA star Luke Gallows recently got married. CM Punk, AJ Lee, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Mike Knox, Bully Ray, Angelina Love, Samoa Joe, Mickie James, Matt Hardy, Reby Sky, Velvet Sky and Colt Cabana were among those in attendance at the wedding.
May 20, 2014
Conor OBrian
A picture of Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Angelina Love, WWE developmental wrestler Conor OBrian and Mike Knox attending the wedding of Amber O'Neal and Luke Gallows.
May 14, 2014
Alexander Rusev
While management has not officially give him an extended feud to work with since his debut, Alexander Rusev is still being penciled in for a filler match at Extreme Rules 2014. He is expected to squash someone in a quick segment. Top candidates right now are Zack Ryder, R Truth and Xavier Woods, as those are the three WWE performers he has worked with lately.
April 18, 2014
R Truth
In a rather interesting move, Alexander Rusev has been removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw for the second week in a row. His debut match against Zack Ryder was omitted the previous week. He defeated Xavier Woods this week and assaulted R Truth afterwards. Apparently, WWE did not feel that was important enough to include on the Hulu version.
April 15, 2014
Sin Cara
A video from WWE Main Event of a match between Alexander Rusev, who made his in ring debut on Monday Night Raw this week against Zack Ryder, and Sin Cara. This segment was designed to give even further credibility to Rusev, who is expected to be booked in victories on television over the next couple of weeks.
April 11, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Despite the company being very high on the guy, Alexander Rusev had his debut match removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week. He defeated Zack Ryder in a squash match, but WWE officials deemed it not important enough to show their fans on Hulu. This leads to a lot of questions about how strong of a push Rusev will receive.
April 8, 2014
Rey Mysterio
WWE has announced that the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal will consists of Alberto Del Rio, Big E Langston, Big Show, Brodus Clay, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Miz, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Titus ONeil and Zack Ryder. There are also four spots available for last minute entrants.
March 25, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
In a rather interesting bit of news, WWE did a live event in Long Island this weekend, and they purposely opted not to use Zack Ryder, the hometown hero. In what could be a show of defiance towards management, Dolph Ziggler did an in ring tribute to Zack Ryder during his match by doing a couple of his Ryder's signature moves.
March 24, 2014
Zack Ryder
In the latest episode of Last ReZort, Zack Ryder talked about how the greatest moment of his WWE career was winning the United States Heavyweight Championship from Dolph Ziggler, so he decided to shatter that glass ceiling by destroying the title belt.
March 17, 2014
Zack Ryder
Despite not being utilized too often on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, Zack Ryder still managed to get himself a guest appearance on a television show called Toy Hunters, which is hosted by Jordan Hembrough. The segment was filmed this week, but there is no official word on an air date yet. The WWE star has also been busy with a new YouTube series.
March 14, 2014
Zack Ryder
With him producing a new YouTube video series called the Last Rezort, it appeared that Zack Ryder was going to swing for the fences before possibly walking away from WWE when his contract expired. He now has a chance to work at Wrestlemania 30 with the introduction of the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal before he decides to move on.
March 12, 2014
Zack Ryder
After doing a quick tease, Zack Ryder has finally launched his new show, which is being called the Last Rezort. The WWE star is taking his real life frustrations of not being pushed and turning it into a show, hoping to regain the massive following that he once had. This series is not sponsored by WWE, as he openly talks about letting his contract expire soon.
March 10, 2014
Zack Ryder
There is a lot that can be said about Zack Ryder, but one of the things that you have to give him credit for is the fact that he has not given up on his dreams of being a top level guy in WWE. The heavily under utilized performer has been hitting the gym harder as of late, as he is trying to bulk up to improve his chances with management.
March 4, 2014
Kelly Kelly
As expected, several current and former WWE stars were in attendance at the wedding of Miz and Maryse Ouellet this week. The confirmed attendees thus far include John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler, Zack Ryder and Kelly Kelly. A lot of the female performers were forced to miss the event since they were in Mexico, filming Total Divas.
February 22, 2014
Zack Ryder
When Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder started working on the main roster in WWE, Big Daddy V was quite helpful to the two youngster. His death today prompted this message from Hawkins on Twitter, where he stated that he will never forget the kindness displayed towards him.
February 18, 2014
Zack Ryder
WWE recently did a tour of California, and Zack Ryder took the opportunity to see something that he had seen as a child. In this photo that he uploaded to Twitter, the under utilized star is standing in front of the house that was used on the Full House television show.
February 14, 2014