Matt Cardona Drops 'Zack Ryder' Trademark Claim After WWE Opposition
Matt Cardona won't be owning 'Zack Ryder'
Matt Cardona has dropped his claim for the 'Zack Ryder' trademark following WWE opposition.
WWE allowed their trademark on 'Zack Ryder' to lapse and Cardona filed his own trademark against the term only a few days later on January 14. He then filed another trademark for 'Woo Woo Woo. You Know It' on January 19.
Cardona addressed the situation on the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast, admitting that he is giving up his claim on 'Zack Ryder' after WWE decided to "fight it."
"They did let it lapse. I applied for it knowing there's a chance they could fight it and they have so that's it, I'm letting it go. It would've been cool to do a cinematic Matt Cardona vs. Zack Ryder match. It's not gonna happen. I'm not gonna fight - because at the end of the day, it's their intellectual property. They would win if we ever went to court over it so I tried, they fought it so that's it, I'm backing down," Cardona stated.
"'Zack Ryder' is dead in my opinion. It's all Matt Cardona but I did want to have it just to do that Matt Cardona vs. Zack Ryder cinematic match for it since I have my own toy company, Major Bendies. It would have been cool to make a Zack Ryder vs. Matt Cardona two-pack, stuff like that. More so matches than participating in matches as Zack Ryder. It's over, it's dead, it was great. I'm grateful for that time but it's done."
Cardona previously performed as Zack Ryder in WWE from 2007 until 2020. Rumours suggest he could be heading back to WWE in the near future as it is believed he wrapped up with IMPACT Wrestling at their last set of TV tapings.
Cardona will challenge Tyrus for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at Nuff Said on February 11.
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