Lacey Evans wrote on Instagram, “Friday Night Fact: Louisiana is where my dad took his last breath on July 6th from an overdose. Two young family members attempted CPR on the stained mattress in which he laid and watched as his life and the lives we all knew….slipped away.
It’s also the state (Slidell, Louisiana) I ran from to join the United States Marine Corps, in hopes of finding a better way of living.
As much as I would love to dedicate this match to my dad….he’s gone. So instead, I will dedicate it to all the other parents LIVING that are addicted and depressed and not doing everything in their power to get help. I hope you know how much your babies need you. How much they will always need you and how much you are loved. I hope you know that as long as you have air in your lungs, you still have what it takes to beat the cycle and be there. You have what it takes to find help and get healthy. The world doesn’t need anymore broken babies. We need better you’s❤️🙏🧠 #BeatTheCycle #YouCanDoIt.”
Matt Cardona made his debut in AEW back in 2020, where he saved his old friend Cody Rhodes. He spent several years in WWE (as Zack Ryder) and is aware of how the company functions. He eventually started working in GCW, NWA and other promotions, winning several titles in the process.
Matt Cardona worked in WWE for many years as well. Cardona recently spoke on Graham GSM Matthews of Bleacher Report, where he revealed he is open to returning to WWE as Zack Ryder.
”I’d be lying if I said I never wanted to wrestle in Madison Square Garden again or never wanted to wrestle in a big stadium for a WrestleMania. Of course I would. I’m not saying that. But I’m also not saying that I’m doing everything I’m doing now thinking, ‘What can I do to get back to WWE?’ or ‘What can I do to go to AEW?’ I don’t give a sh*t. Sorry, I don’t. If Tony Khan or Vince McMahon or Johnny Ace or Bruce Prichard called me, of course, I’d pick up the phone and have a conversation, but that’s not my goal right now.
There’s certain things I’d have to tone down like the cursing, but other than that, I absolutely think it would [work. It’s just a different side of me, it’s the evolution. I wouldn’t be opposed to coming back as Zack Ryder. I love my ‘Always Ready’ music. It would basically be me, just with the old Zack Ryder name. No more ‘Oh Radio,’ none of that stuff, even though Downstait did make the harder version of it. I would love to come back as me, Matt Cardona, but I think realistically, the WWE has that IP and they’ve invested a lot in that name, so I would have no problem [doing it], even if it was a one-off at the Royal Rumble or something like that. I think it’d be interesting. If I were to come out, I don’t know if the people would boo. I think I’d get a huge pop! I think I’d be a babyface again.”