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Matt Cardona hoping to return to the ring three months after biceps surgery

Though he was given a five-month timetable, Cardona wants to return this September.

Former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Matt Cardona is hoping to make an early return from biceps surgery.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Cardona said his goal is to be back in the ring in three months. Cardona underwent surgery for a torn biceps on June 7.

“My doctor said that the recovery is five months," Cardona said. "But my goal is three.”

Cardona is aiming to return in time for his first-round match against Tatanka at The Wrestling Showcase on Saturday, September 3. Cardona, Tatanka, Jacob Fatu, Steve Maclin, Rich Swann, the former John Morrison, Killer Kross, and Tony Nese are scheduled to be part of a one-night tournament to crown the first Wrestling Showcase Champion.

Cardona said that, if he isn't medically cleared for The Wrestling Showcase, he'll have a replacement. The show will air live on Fite TV.

Cardona suffered the torn biceps during a match against Blake Christian for GCW on May 28.

The injury led to Cardona having to vacate the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at Alwayz Ready last Saturday. A new champion was crowned as Trevor Murdoch defeated Nick Aldis, Thom Latimer, and Samuel Shaw in a four-way match in the main event of the pay-per-view.

Cardona still appeared at Alwayz Ready despite undergoing surgery before the PPV. He told Sports Illustrated that, though he isn't able to wrestle, he's still going to make the majority of appearances he was scheduled for this summer.

“I’m still going to be making towns. I’ve contacted every promotion I had booked, and all but two are still bringing me in because they know I sell tickets -- and I rescheduled with those other two," Cardona said.

“I’m not going to be stuck at home injured. I won’t be in the ring, but this isn’t a three-month vacation. I’m just as busy as I was, even with a torn bicep.”