While speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Matt Riddle talked about his future in professional wrestling and confirmed reports that he has spoke with WWE and New Japan.
“I’ve been in situations like this before. There is nothing official. I’ve talked to WWE, I’ve talked to the president of New Japan, and I am confident in where I stand in the world of professional wrestling. Being real in pro wrestling has paid off,” said Riddle. “Just being myself, that really translated to the fans.”
Riddle also mentioned indicated that he’s done with the indies and revealed that his next destination with be either WWE or New Japan.
“It’s not that I don’t love the indies, it’s just time to move on. Places like EVOLVE, Beyond, those were the companies that gave me an opportunity, gave me a platform, and gave me the chance to run with the ball and showcase my skills. I got to mix it up with a world array of talent.
“I need more substance, I need to grow. I’m a shark and I swam in a lot of different ponds, but I’m ready for the ocean. It just depends if I’m going to the Atlantic or the Pacific.”
As noted earlier this week, we had confirmed with multiple sources that Riddle has already negotiated with WWE and is expected to appear at this month’s NXT Takeover event.