Current AEW star Matt Cardona, formerly Zack Ryder in WWE, recently conducted an interview with Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select.
One of the most interesting parts of the interview was when Cardona discussed one of his ex-tag team partners, Mojo Rawley. It seems Cardona hated working with the former NFL player. He said:
“I text Mojo [Rawley] every once in a while. I love Mojo personally. I hated working with him professionally. No, when we first started as the Hype Bros in NXT I didn’t know anything about Mojo, he didn’t know anything about me. It was Triple H, I believe it was his idea to put us together, and if it was Triple H’s idea and this was an opportunity for me, I said, “Alright, let’s do it. Let’s make this work however we can.” Actually, it’s because of going down to NXT so often that I ended up moving to Orlando. So, it’s actually all because of Mojo, really, that I met Chelsea [Green]. ‘Cause I met her in Orlando. So, really I gotta thank Mojo for all of this.”
Remarkably, it seems he disliked it to such an extent that he was pleased to suffer an injury that took him out of the team, temporarily at least:
“I got injured and the first thing that popped in my mind was, ‘Oh, my God, yes! The Hype Bros are done!’ Then Mojo went on to win the WrestleMania battle royal that year. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, they’re definitely done.’ I was so excited. Listen, everything changes all the time. But, the plan was for me to come back and be in the Money in the Bank match that year,” Cardona recalled. “I say plan, like, things change all the time. But, I ended up coming back the week before, making my big comeback in a backstage pre-tape with Mojo saying, “I’m back, bro.” Then we worked on the kickoff match against Epico and Primo. I’m like, ‘Well, back to the Hype Bros again.’”
With all that said, Cardona made it clear that he likes Rawley personally and appreciates his skills. He even believes he deserves a push in WWE:
“He has a great promo. He can do it all vocally and in the ring I think he’s great, too. I think he’s a great, great heel. I think as a babyface he’s too annoying for me, personally. Sometimes I would literally face palm and shake my head on the apron for real when we were teaming. But, I actually love working Mojo, believe it or not. A lot of fun and he listens and he’s good. I can’t believe I just said that publicly. ‘Matt Cardona admits Mojo is good.’ He’s a big dude though. He’s big. I think, deceivingly big. You don’t look at him and see how thick he is and how tall he is until you stand next to him. Hopefully WWE will try to give him that mini-push for the twelfth time and it’ll take off.”
The full interview is available below: