At the Saturday, February 12th, National Wrestling Alliance tapings in Oak Grove, Kentucky, Matt Cardona beat Trevor Murdoch to become the NWA World Heavyweight champion.

The new champ tweeted out a couple of celebratory tweets:

I did it. I am the @nwa World’s Heavyweight Champion! #NWAPowerrrTrip #AlwayzReady #StillHere

and then:

I am @nwa World’s Heavyweight Champion. I can’t believe I just typed that. F*** that. I CAN believe I just typed that. I worked my ass for this! @TheRealTMurdoch is a tough son of a bitch and he will forever have my respect. As for @RealNickAldis? 🖕🏻

Murdoch had been NWA World champ since August 29, 2021, when he beat Nick Aldis, at NWA 73 in St. Louis.

Matt Cardona was, of course, Zack Ryder, in WWE, and has really found a new purpose as a free agent.

In a December 2021 interview with, Cardona talked about the NWA World title: “There’s so much prestige with that championship.”

After the win, Cardona was joined in the ring by Mike Knox, his wife Chelsea Green and long-time friend VSK (Vincent Scalice). “My childhood best friend became world champion last nigh!! I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!” tweeted VSK.

Mike Knox, Chelsea Green, Matt Cardona and VSK (Vincent Scalice) after Cardona’s NWA World title win. Twitter photo

Cardona’s gear are apparently a tribute to the gear that Christian Cage wore in 2006 when Cage first won the NWA World title, defeating Jeff Jarrett.

NWA called its latest round of TV tapings for NWA Powerrr and NWA USA “PowerrrTrip” and the title change will air down the road.

TOP PHOTO: Matt Cardona as NWA World champion. Twitter photo