April 15th 2020 has been referred “Black Wednesday” by fans, and it will likely go down as one of the saddest days in modern wrestling history.

We have updated you over the past couple of days on WWE’s mass clear out which includes Rusev, Rowan, Gallows and Anderson as well as a number of NXT stars.

The list has been expected to grow over the next week or so and it has been predicted there will be more names after Friday nights Smackdown show. But one release in particular caught the eye of AEW Vice President Cody Rhodes. That was his fried Zack Ryder.

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I’d like to take a moment to say how proud I am to be a friend of @zryder85 – In a world of weekend warriors and “play wrestlers”, this dude exudes passion and drive for pro-wrestling like no other. Through 14 years to see him CONSISTENTLY try to better himself(whether that be his in-ring work, or watching him physically mold himself and his body into such a specimen DRUG FREE with hard work and will). I have a little rule, and that’s that if you’ve ever “gotten over” in wrestling…you can always do so again. That rule being fully applicable to Matt now. At 34 years young, his best wrestling days are ahead of him. Cheers to a great start and 14 years of unrelenting blood, sweat, and tears. Future endeavors are limitless when you actually endeavor. I chose this picture because it was one of my last days at WWE, watching 80,000+ people applaud as Matt won gold was an eruption not only live in the arena but in the locker room as well. Hearing Dolph coordinate for his father to come over the rails(meanwhile I was ass deep into a broken ladder and stuck but had the best seat in the house) and seeing father/son embrace, I thought I’d be jealous or bitter, but I was truly happy and proud for one of my peers. Congratulations my friend, and good luck!

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With AEW looking to save money in this unprecedented time, it is unsure if Ryder will make the move in the near future, but if you consider how incredibly close Cody and Ryder are, I’m sure they will be able to make something work. Only time will tell.