In a candid reveal on the "Off Her Chops" podcast, Matt Cardona, formerly known as Zack Ryder during his tenure in WWE, opened up about his distaste for his past team-up with Mojo Rawley. The duo, christened as The Hype Bros, had a stint that many fans might recall, but as Cardona elucidated, the camaraderie didn’t extend off the screen.
NXT Beginnings Unraveled
In the early days, Cardona saw the alliance as a chance to ascend the ranks. Eagerly, both he and Rawley stepped into the NXT ring with hopes high, ready to carve a niche. The initial plan, as shared by Cardona, was a brief sojourn in NXT before heading to the main roster.
However, expectations soon crumbled as Rawley’s call-up to the grander stage didn't materialize as anticipated. While Cardona juggled between the punishing WWE and NXT schedules, a glimmer of hope appeared when he clinched the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania.
It was a moment of sweet reprieve, which alas, was short-lived. Cardona’s subsequent injury threw him a curveball, as he watched Rawley clinch victory in the Andre the Giant Battle Royale from the sidelines. This sparked a flicker of hope that their team might dissolve, allowing for individual pursuits.
Yet, fate had other plans. Upon recovery, Cardona found himself right back alongside Rawley, a scenario he described with palpable frustration, "I come back just to be with Mojo again. You've got to be kidding me." It was a sentiment not spurred by personal animosity but a professional discontentment that lingered.
Further hammering the nail in the coffin of Hype Bros, Cardona affirmed earlier this year that a reunion is off the table. He reminisced about the doomed trajectory of the team, indicating a clear wish to distance himself from that chapter.
The revelation provides a rare glimpse into the challenges and tribulations faced by athletes behind the glamorous facade of professional wrestling, reminding fans of the grueling reality that often accompanies the quest for stardom.