Matt Cardona has defended his one-day reign as WWE Intercontinental Champion and claims the brevity of his run is what makes it memorable.
In Cardona’s previous WWE life as Zack Ryder, he attained cult popularity with his Z True Long Island Story YouTube show that led to sharing the ring with the likes of John Cena and Kane as well as a run as United States Champion in 2011.
What followed was a return to mid-card shuffle for Cardona with the company seemingly moving on from his moment in the sun. All that seemed to change however on The Grandest Stage Of Them All at WrestleMania 32 in 2016.
A multi-man Intercontinental Championship Ladder match took place with Kevin Owens putting his title on the line against Sami Zayn, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Stardust, Sin Cara, and Zack Ryder. Ryder only entered the match as a late replacement for the injured Neville but to the surprise and delight of the Texas crowd, the Long Island native claimed the gold and celebrated with his father in the ring.
After capturing the Intercontinental Title and a WrestleMania moment Ryder was forced to defend the title the very next night on Raw against The Miz. Miz’s wife Maryse interfered on her husband’s behalf and Ryder’s title reign came to a crashing end after just 24 hours.
Now Matt Cardona has discussed the one-day reign on social media and says his run as champion might not have been so memorable if he was to lose the title months later:
“I did know. And I disagree with you…the reason the moment was so great and memorable is because it was only for 1 day. That was my story. Who would have cared if I would have lost it 2 months later at In Your House?”
I did know. And I disagree with you…the reason the moment was so great and memorable is because it was only for 1 day. That was my story. Who would have cared if I would have lost it 2 months later at In Your House? https://t.co/UycRMe9s3h
— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) November 10, 2021
After defeating Matt Cardona, The Miz held the Intercontinental Championship for six months before he lost the gold in a Title vs. Career match against Dolph Ziggler at No Mercy.