Ever since Matt Riddle signed with WWE, he has been one of the mainstays of WWE television, be it in NXT or the main roster. His in-ring skills are one of the best in the company and he already has a good fan following.
Matt Riddle’s character has certainly gotten over with fans thanks to his comedic timing and generally cool attitude while still being that of a stoner character. However, he didn’t have the best of relationships with top WWE Superstar Seth Rollins in the past.
During the WWE Draft last year, Seth Rollins made it clear that he had no interest in squaring off against Matt Riddle. It was reported that the beef between the two was very real as well.
While speaking to Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT, Matt Riddle addressed the heat he had with Seth Rollins, which started after Riddle’s wife body-shamed Becky Lynch in a now-deleted Instagram post.
Riddle would approach Rollins backstage at WWE Survivor Series last year and apologized to him for his wife’s comments about Becky Lynch. Riddle claimed that Rollins didn’t expect Riddle to apologize to him. Rollins would go on to thank Riddle for the apology.
After Survivor Series… I tried to talk to Seth beforehand but he kind of avoided me and he did bow out early [in the match]. I don’t know if he did that because he didn’t want to work with me or whatever because there was three other guys in the match. He could have done something. He was in there with Sheamus, he could have done a spot. After Survivor Series, because he was there I got to talk to him and I said ‘Hey’ and a camera came up to us to film it and I said ‘No, don’t come over here, don’t film this. It’s between me and him.’ We talked. I told him – and this is exactly what I said – I said ‘Hey man, what was said, I don’t agree with it. I thought it was bullcrap. It’s not cool. I just want you to know I apologise, I apologise on her behalf as well. On top of that I think you’re a great performer and if you would ever have it in your heart to work with me, I would love that.
And, I know you’re taking some time off because Becky is pregnant, about to have a kid, just want to wish you luck, congratulations, enjoy your time with your beautiful girlfriend – at the time, now wife – and your beautiful child.’ And he literally looked at me and he goes ‘Holy s***. I didn’t expect that. Everything I hear from people and what I expected… that was really cool. Thank you.’ And that’s where we ended it. I said ‘Thank you for listening and giving me the time, bro. I hope we’re good now.’ And I will say this, we’re good enough to be working together, I don’t think we’re friends. I’ll tell you this, that last curb stomp he gave me at the Royal Rumble, we’re not friends [laughs]. When I get in the ring with him, he’s going to get it! Put that online! Can we get back in the ring? I need to repay that curb stomp, bro!”
We had previously reported that Matt Riddle and Seth Rollins squashed their beef at WWE Survivor Series and Matt Riddle has now confirmed it. Now that they are on good terms, we will have to wait and see if the two will ever face off against each other in the future.