“It was way before The Jersey Shore. I was with Curt Hawkins as the Edge Heads—a long haired blonde kid. And I needed a change. I needed something different. So I just took my real personality, turned the volume way up, cut the hair, went to all the clubs on Long Island, like GLO, and fist pumped with all my broskies until I finally found who I really was, and portrayed it to the world, throwing up the ‘LI’ hand signal.”
Zack Ryder (born Matthew Brett Cardona, Jr. on May 14, 1985 in Merrick, New York) is an American WWE wrestler. Zack started his wrestling career in 2004 as a member of the New York Wrestling Connection, then moved on to the WWE in 2005. His first appearance in the WWE was on April 21, 2005 on Smackdown. During this period he was still going by his real name, and was quickly renamed “Brett Majors.” His regular wrestling partner was renamed “Bryan Majors,” and they became successful tag-team partners. In 2009, he completely changed his look and went by the ring name “The Long Island Loudmouth”: deep tan, bleached tips, sunglasses. His catchphrase was “woo woo!” By 2011, he entered a period called “The Ryder Revolution.” That was short lived, when he began falling back to lower tier status in 2012. Zack became the WWE Intercontinental Champion after winning WrestleMania 32 on April 3, 2016.
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Zack is best known for being a WWE champion.
Zack is dating Australian WWE wrestler Emma, real name Tenille Dashwood. In high school, Zack battled cancer, and had to miss a year of classes while overcoming the disease. He has a YouTube web series called Z! True Long Island Story.