Matt Riddle entered the pro wrestling world after a career in MMA. He was used to sparring hard and getting punched in the face on a regular basis already. Pro wrestling seemed like the perfect fit.
AEW star QT Marshall was one of Matt Riddle’s first pro wrestling trainers. The King Of Bros had a lot to learn, but he apparently picked things up very quickly
As Marshall spoke to Wrestling Inc, he called Matt Riddle a “prodigy.” Riddle was already a fan of pro wrestling which made things much easier as well. There were “knuckleheadish” moments, but Matt Riddle obviously excelled in his training.
“He was a prodigy because he was a giant fan of pro wrestling which helps. He also wasn’t getting smashed in the face like he was in UFC so he was really easy to coach. He was a little knuckleheadish with some of the stuff he did back then but he’s a good kid.”
Matt Riddle debuted on WWE Friday Night SmackDown last week. He defeated AJ Styles in a non-title match during that debut.
We will have to see what WWE does with Matt Riddle next, especially following his name coming up as part of the #SpeakingOut movement.