Matt Cardona, better known as Zack Ryder in WWE, has filed for two trademarks seemingly for entertainment and merchandising purposes.
Cardona was one of the many performers released by WWE in 2020. Following the Coronavirus pandemic, Matt, alongside long time partner Brian Myers (Curt Hawkins) parted ways with the company, after a mammoth 15 year run.
On January 11th, Matt Cardona filed to trademark “Major Pod Network” and “MC! True Long Island Story”. Heel By Nature reports details of the trademarks show details for merchandising and entertainment production:
IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Hats; Shirts; Socks; Sweatshirts; Hooded sweatshirts
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment in the nature of an ongoing special variety, news, music or comedy show featuring professional wrestling, action figures, and pop culture broadcast over television, satellite, audio, and video media; Entertainment services, namely, providing podcasts in the field of professional wrestling, action figures, and pop culture; Entertainment services, namely, providing video podcasts in the field of professional wrestling, action figures, and pop culture; Presentation of live show performances; Production of podcasts.
Currently, Cardona and Myers host ‘Major Wrestling Figure Podcast’. The trademarking of “Major Pod Network” suggests that the duo may be looking to expand the show, though no details have been announced.
“MC! True Long Island Story” is an obvious adaptation of Cardona’sonce popular popular YouTube show, ‘Z! True Long Island Story’. Finding himself being used less on WWE television, Cardona created the show, quickly gaining a large online following. Cardona would crown himself the Internet Champion on the show, and would eventually find himself utilised on WWE programming. Cardona has often credited the show for saving his WWE career in the early 2010’s.
Notably, Cordona also trademarked ‘“Alwayz Ready” and “Internet Champion” and “Still Here” following his WWE Exit. However, the company still own the rights to the name Zack Ryder.