Matt Cardona(formerly known as Zack Ryder), the AEW star recently joined the Pro Wrestling Junkies and he remembered his WrestleMania moment at WrestleMania 32.
At the event he participated in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship against Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Sami Zayn, Sin Cara, and Stardust(Cody Rhodes). He retrieved IC title to win the match.
However, he lost the title to The Miz, following night on Monday Night Raw.
Matt Cardona on losing the Intercontinental Championship:
“I think losing the next night made the moment I wish I could have lost it that same night. Why have the title for two weeks or two months? Unless I’m going to go undefeated for two years or something, just take it off me. That’s just the Zack Ryder character – the underdog that finally gets it and then it gets taken away. I thought that’s what made it so special, because nobody thought I was going to win and then it’s like, ‘Oh my God, he finally got something and then he lost it.’ I’m glad that it happened like that with me losing it the next night because it was a perfect fit for my career.”
On leaving WWE and doing his own creative stuff:
“It was just one of those things that the stuff I did on my own definitely worked and established longevity with my career. It got me noticed. I’m just someone that’s always creative, and I hate sitting back and doing nothing. Now that I’m out of WWE and the handcuffs are off, it’s so much fun to be able to do this creative stuff again.”