Brian Myers Says Vince McMahon Thought He And Matt Cardona Were Brothers

Curt Hawkins (Brian Myers) & Zack Ryder (Matt Cardona)

Brian Myers has revealed that Vince McMahon mistakenly believed that he and Matt Cardona were brothers when they debuted on the main roster in WWE.

By the time that Brian Myers and Matt Cardona arrived in WWE in 2006, they had already been teaming for a couple of years. After signing with the company and moving to developmental territory Deep South Wrestling, the pair were given new ring names. Myers became Brian Majors and Cardona was renamed Brett Majors.

The teamed moved up to ECW the following year before switching over to SmackDown as part of the Draft. At Armageddon the pair joined forces with Edge to help him win the World Heavyweight Championship. As a result, the duo became part of Edge’s ‘La Familia’ stable alongside Vickie and Chavo Guerrero. The Major Brothers were then renamed again, becoming Curtis Hawkins and Zack Ryder.

Speaking during a virtual signing with K & S WrestleFest, Brian Myers has now revealed that due to the name of his team with Cardona, Vince McMahon mistakenly believed that they were brothers in real life. When discovering that they weren’t related McMahon reportedly branded it “f**king stupid” ordering the pair to come up with new names.

“We wanted to just join Edge and then what I’ve been told that I didn’t realize at the time is that Vince [McMahon] thought we were shoot brothers and then when it all came up that we already joined Edge, he goes, ‘What? They’re not brothers?’ Like that’s f**king stupid and that’s when he said come up with new names and we came up with Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. So that was never part of our plan. It just kind of fell into our lap,”

Hawkins and Ryder went on to win the World Tag Team Championships in the summer of 2008 before the team broke up. The pair came back together in 2019, defeating The Revival at WrestleMania 35 to win the Raw Tag Team Championships. Both men were released by WWE in April 2020.

H/t to POST Wrestling for the transcription.