Ryder made his return to ECW on May 5, 2009 in a backstage segment with General Manager Tiffany.
At Armageddon, the duo dressed up like Edge and interfered in the World Heavyweight Championship match, replacing Edge at several points along the match to help him win the title and thus turning heel for the first time in their WWE career.
On December 21, the Major Brothers were revealed as an acquaintance to Edge and his lover, Smack Down General Manager Vickie Guerrero.
The Major Brothers were repackaged and renamed, with Cardona being renamed Zack Ryder.
Occasionally referred to as the Rated-R Entourage by commentators Michael Cole and John "Bradshaw" Layfield, the group allied with Guerrero's nephew, Chavo Guerrero and his enforcer Bam Neely as the group La Familia, which dominated Smack Down's storyline through 2008.
Cardona debuted with New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) in 2004, using the name Brett Matthews.
By 2005, he began regularly teaming with Bryan Myers and the duo of Myers and Matthews went on to defeat the NYWC Tag Team Champions Dickie Rodz and Mason Raige by disqualification, for which titles do not change hands. Xpress (Tony Burma and Mike Spinelli), who defeated them for the titles on March 26.
In 2011, he started publishing a You Tube web series called Z!
True Long Island Story where he proclaimed himself WWE's "Internet Champion", though this championship was not sanctioned by WWE.
The web show's popularity led to Ryder having a rise in status, making more appearances on television.
Between April and June, Ryder appeared during Raw more often, often in backstage segments with John Cena.
He participated in an untelevised 26-man battle royal at Wrestle Mania XXVI, being the last person eliminated by the winner Yoshi Tatsu.