Checking our phones repeatedly is now a habit for millions of people. A habit that most people don’t even realize they’re doing.
Former WWE star Matt Cardona, formerly Zack Ryder, got caught checking his phone while watching a match backstage. This is allegedly considered disrespectful and Matt was forced to apologize to a couple of people for his sin.
On a recent episode of MC! True Long Island Story podcast, Cardona recalled himself and tag team partner Brian Meyers (then Curt Hawkins) having to apologize to The Undertaker and Triple H for looking at their phones during a match.
“It was overseas, we were in Mexico. I believe the main event was Vladimir Kozlov versus. Triple H. It’s like the last night of the tour, so how many times have I seen this match?” laughed Cardona.
“All the boys are sitting, watching the monitor, and Hawkins and I are on our phone, Hawkins claimed he was just checking the time in this exact instance. The Undertaker gives the ‘Undertaker head snap’. Basically, you know, ‘disrespectful for being on your phone blah blah’, and he’s pretty pissed. I’m like ‘okay, this is The Undertaker, locker room leader, pissed!
“So afterwards, Mark Henry pulls us aside, he says ‘Go up to Taker, you need to apologise’ and I’m like ‘okay, you’re absolutely right.'”
Turns out, the Undertaker wasn’t that mad about the incident but told the pair their apology needs to go to other people.
“So Hawkins and I pull him aside, we apologize and he’s super cool about it.
He’s super cool because we were really respectful, but he’s like ‘you really need to apologize to the guys in the main event’, so I’m like ‘okay so we’ll apologize to Vladimir Kozlov’, I don’t even know if we did.
Maybe we did but he doesn’t know what’s going on, we love Oleg, Oleg’s the best, one of our friends from the deep south.”
The final apology involved Triple H who didn’t seem quite as receptive to Cardona and Meyers’ attempt to make amends.
“So Triple H, I’ll never forget, he’s in like a private dressing room and we’re like (mimes knocking at door) ‘excuse me, Triple H? we were on our cell phones during your match, we’re very sorry, it was disrespectful’ or whatever we said.
He played it off like he didn’t care but I was like ‘oh man’.
This happened when The Edgeheads were not with Edge anymore, it was like the beginning of the end, so I’m not sure that did us any favors.”
Cardona was released from WWE last year after 15 years and both now wrestle for IMPACT.
Check out our interview with Matt Cardona here.