Top Independent Star Shoots Down WWE Return Reports

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Ever since Triple H took the helm as Chief Content Officer in the wake of Vince McMahon’s retirement in July, numerous former superstars have made their way back to WWE after being released under McMahon’s reign.

One star who returned at the 2023 Royal Rumble was Chelsea Green, who was eliminated in just five seconds after her re-debut. Rumors soon began to fly that Green’s husband Matt Cardona could be on his way back as well with many believing the return to be “imminent.” Speculation intensified after he failed to capture the NWA World Championship from Tyrus at ‘Nuff Said.

However, speaking on a recent episode of the Pro Wrestling Boom podcast, Cardona appeared to throw cold water over that speculation as he says his goal has never been to return to the sports entertainment giant after his 2020 release. However, he admits he’d love to have another big moment with the company if the opportunity arose.

“I’ve been saying since I got released from WWE, it’s not my goal to get back there. I’m not doing things, ‘oh what can I do to get WWE to notice me,’ no. I’m trying to create my own path but at the same time, I’d be lying if I said I never wanted to have another WrestleMania moment or wrestle in Madison Square Garden, of course, I do.”

Cardona famously had his WrestleMania moment as Zack Ryder when he captured the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 32 back in 2016. In a heartwarming moment, he celebrated alongside his dad, who regularly featured on his YouTube series Z! True Long Island Story.

“I Wouldn’t Be Where I Am Today Without WWE” – Matt Cardona

Continuing, Cardona spoke fondly of his many years under the umbrella of the sports entertainment giant, saying he got to live his dream and that learning how to be a star prepared him for superstardom in other promotions as well.

“I lived my dream for over a decade and I wouldn’t be where I am today without WWE. I said it before, that WWE was my developmental and that’s not a shot at WWE. They truly taught me how to be a superstar and that is why I’m thriving in places like NWA, Impact, GCW, and all these other independents.”

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