Let the indie wars between former WWE wrestlers begin.
Flight issues kept Matt Cardona from making Game Changer Wrestling’s No Compadre show last night (Jan. 12) in Chicago, but the self-proclaimed Indy God had a message for a few of the folks who used to work at the place where he went by Zack Ryder.
One of them, AJ “Dolla” Francis, has already appeared for GCW. Another, Mustafa Ali, worked last night’s show. The man Cardona has the most history with hasn’t worked for the promotion, but the (woo woo woo) you know the Deathmatch King wants to change that. He specifically challenged the Wanted Man, Nic Nemeth, the former Dolph Ziggler, to a match at a future GCW show.
Here’s what Cardona said in his video message at No Compadre (h/t Fightful for transcription):
“In 2024, the landscape of independent wrestling is about to change. There’s all this new blood, all these shiny new toys, all these new free agents.
“But let me remind you that I am The Agent, and it makes me sick, sick to my stomach that all these ex-WWE guys are coming over to the indies, and they’re trying to leech on companies like GCW to get buzz. Who should do something like that?
“Guys like Dolla, AJ Francis. Dolla, I watched your GCW debut from my couch, and I thought my television was broken because there was zero pop. In fact, there was negative pop. Nobody gave a shit. But you’re still on the internet, talking trash, rapping, and asking ‘Who hotta?’ Well, I’ll tell you. The Indie God-a. So why don’t you sing and dance your big ass to the back of the line?
“Mustafa Ali, congrats kid, you’re wearing these custom-made suits. Big deal. I think you’ve been a little too preoccupied the past two or three years bitching and moaning about your spot to realize that I am the President of Independent Wrestling, and my term is not over until I say so.
“Last but certainly not least, ‘The Wanted Man’ Nic Nemeth. For over a decade, underrated, underappreciated, underutilized — according to him. Now’s his chance to show the world that he’s as good as he says he is. But I don’t think you are. Let me remind you, Nic. I’m the man that beat you to become the WWE United States Champion, and I fully intend to beat you again.
“So here we are. I’m laying out the challenge right here. Nic Nemeth, Matt Cardona. You name the time, you name the place, it doesn’t matter to me because I’m Alwayz Ready. You can bring your lackey, bring your brother, bring Ryan because I got Jimmy fucking Lloyd, and I got the baddest bitch on the indies, SDL, and there is no way you’re stopping me, no way you’re dethroning me, no way you’re taking my crown because I’m the Deathmatch King, and I am the Indy God.
“Then, now, forever.”
Nemeth is set to make his in-ring debut for New Japan next month in Sapporo, challenging David Finlay for the IWGP Global title. He’s also headed to Puerto Rico for a match next weekend. Outside of that, though, he should be able to make time to clash with Cardona in GCW.
A Dolla feud also seems to be in the cards, as Francis sent a message from Las Vegas (where he’s getting ready to appear at TNA Hard to Kill tonight) in response to Cardona’s:
We’ll keep you posted on a possible program with Ali.