Matt Cardona took an in-character shot at fellow former GCW World Champion Rickey Shane Page in his retirement from deathmatch wrestling this weekend.
Cardona, who dropped the GCW title to Jon Moxley on 4 September, tweeted the following on Sunday (19 September):-
That was my last deathmatch. I will always love and respect that style. Thanks for all the years of support from the DM fans. I appreciate you. pic.twitter.com/7TaiKEo8GoAdvertisement— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) September 19, 2021
This is a word-for-word repost of RSP's own deathmatch retirement, as posted on 5 September:-
That was my last deathmatch. I will always love and respect that style. Thanks for all the years of support from the DM fans. I appreciate you.Advertisement— RSP (@RickeyShanePage) September 5, 2021
Page's retirement was an entirely more earnest affair than Cardona's, with the 37-year-old stepping away from the deathmatch scene after his 44OH! stable tell to a Nick Gage-led Team NDK in a brutal War Games match for GCW on 4 September. Cardona, meanwhile, had based his entire GCW character around trolling the company's hardcore audience with his Sports Entertainment-isms, presenting himself as antithetical to the group's identity.
24 July saw Cardona claim the GCW Title from Nick Gage in one of the year's most heated matches, doing so in a riotously entertaining deathmatch. Gage had reigned since April 2021, when he took the belt from RSP, whose 488-day run commenced with an ill-gotten win over Gage in December 2019.
Whether or not Cardona will return to GCW after his Moxley-induced comeuppance remains to be seen.