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Matt Cardona's in-ring return announced for NWA 74

Cardona will face a handpicked mystery opponent.
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Matt Cardona's in-ring return is being advertised for the NWA's 74th anniversary pay-per-view.

The NWA has announced that Cardona will make "an earlier than expected return to action" as he faces a handpicked mystery opponent at night one of NWA 74. The PPV is being held in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.

The heel Cardona claimed that he'll be picking his opponent from "the incredibly talented NWA roster."

"I’M BACK! I will make my return to the ring at #NWA74 on August 27," Cardona tweeted. "I will handpick my opponent from the incredibly talented @nwa roster." Who’s it gonna be?!"

Cardona has been out of action since tearing his biceps at a show for Game Changer Wrestling this May. The injury forced Cardona to vacate the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated in June, Cardona said he was hoping to return to the ring this September. Cardona said he was told his recovery time would be five months but he was hoping to be back in three.

Cardona and Chelsea Green will take part in a segment where they renew their wedding vows at GCW Homecoming part two on Sunday, August 14. The vow renewal will be officiated by Maven.

Trevor Murdoch became NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion after the title was vacated by Cardona. Murdoch is set to defend the title against Tyrus at NWA 74 night two.