Over the last few years many WWE Superstars have been released from the company and a number of them have gone on to join All Elite Wrestling. Matt Cardona made a few appearances on WWE programming following his WWE release, but ultimately he didn’t become a full time member of the AEW roster.

Recently the former Intercontinental Champion spoke to The Wrestling Classic about his brief run with All Elite Wrestling and he also explained why he feels not signing with AEW was a blessing in disguise.

“Cody, right away put me in contact with his agent. You know, gave me some great advice. But, like in the wrestling business, if a producer or agent is giving you feedback on a match, sometimes that advice doesn’t work for you. And I realized I didn’t need an agent. II wanted to be that guy in the trenches. I wanted to be that guy doing the numbers and negotiating. Cody [Rhodes] set me up for sure, got me that AEW cup of coffee run. I am grateful for that. Didn’t work out at the time, I’ll admit I was bummed out. I was like, ‘Oh sh** now what.’ Looking back, a blessing in disguise. If I had signed with AEW then, I’d be on f***ing Dark right now. No offense to those guys, but that’s not what I want. I was already that guy in WWE. I want to be in control of my own destiny.”

Since parting ways with WWE, Matt Cardona has gone on to win numerous championships and make appearances for companies such as AEW, GCW, Impact Wrestling, NWA and more. A possible WWE return for Cardona has been rumored for months, but so far he has yet to make his way back to the company.

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