The Ross Report Recap w/ Matt Riddle & John Morrison – “Woken” Hardy’s WWE Debut, Riddle’s UFC Release, Morrison on “Wrestling’s Purpose”, More!

Ross welcomes Matt Riddle to the show.

Speaking about his departure from UFC, Riddle informs that he failed a drug test in 2012 due to his marijuana use and UFC decided to fire him. He says that he wanted to stay in UFC and continue to fight because he was on a 4-fight win streak at the time, but he respects UFC’s decision to let him go. When one door shuts another one opens, and he always wanted to try professional wrestling so this gave him a perfect opportunity to do just that.

Ross says that Riddle created waves within the online wrestling community almost right away, with Dave Meltzer praising how quickly Riddle was learning the business. Riddle says that Meltzer has been a big fan of his for a long time and he has nothing but good things to say about Meltzer.

Ross points out that Riddle works a very aggressive, snug style in the ring which he really likes. Riddle says he works that way because he likes that style as well, but he also points out that there’s no hiding things on the indie scene. The crowd is right on top of you and if you don’t lay in your offence, the crowd will know.

Riddle says he’s really enjoying what he’s doing right now, working for a different promotion every weekend and making his own schedule. He’s doing very well on the indies and he’s gaining notoriety daily, so while he admits that he wouldn’t turn down a chance to work for NJPW, WWE or NXT at some point in the future, he loves the place he’s in right now.

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