Zack Ryder is the ring name of Matthew Brett Cardona, an American professional wrestler and singer. He was born on 14 may 1984 in Merrick, New York. His first debut in professional wrestling was with the New York wrestling connection (NYWC), in 2004. By the end of 2005 he mostly teamed with Bryan Myers and defeated the NYWC tag team champions Dickie Rodz and Mason Raige. However they were disqualified and hence did not receive the winner’s title.
The following June, the undisputedly claimed the tag team championship in a rematch. Later the same month, they were challenged by Lo Lincoln and Boog Washington, better known as the dead presidents. They eventually lost their title to the dead presidents. Matthew Cardona, yet to be known as Zack Ryder, signed a developmental contract with WWE on 24 February 2006. By October Ryder and Myers won the DSW (Deep South wrestling) tag team championship by defeating The Untouchables. In 2007 they won the OVW southern tag team championship and retained it from June 15 to June 29.
They were moved to the main roster in 2007 may finally. The won just one match, their debut match on ECW brand till they were drafted to Smackdown! in June. Though they won a battle royal to receive a WWE tag team championship match, the failed to win. At the Armageddon, both Ryder and Myers dressed up as the edge and interfered in the world heavyweight championship match. They turned heel for the first time in their WWE career. Following this, they were renamed major bothers and Cardona being renamed Zack Ryder. On 20 July, Zack Ryderand curt Hawkins won the tag-team championship from John Morrison and The Miz. La Familia had begun to rupture by summer slam and Ryder and Hawkins went back to their single stints.