Matt Riddle is certainly a fan favorite. Add a little Randy Orton to the mix and you get quite the successful tag team. It was a few months back though that Riddle got himself into a wee bit of hot water with Roman Reigns. He went to Orton for what he should say in apology to the Head of the Table. The overall experience taught him that Randy is great and all, but not exceptional at advice in terms of what to say in a heartfelt apology, as it turned out.
At the time, Riddle commented specifically about how Reigns referred to himself as “legitimate needle moving.” This was after the success of SummerSlam, he seemingly taking credit for that success despite the fact that both Brock Lesnar and Becky Lynch returned at that event and that Edge was on that card facing Seth Rollins. Regardless, Riddle got some backstage heat over those comments and he needed to make an apology, it seemed.
RK Bro (Riddle and Orton) have enjoyed quite the run as Raw Tag Team Champions, and are still in pursuit of the belts after having recently lost them as of this writing. The two are involved in quite the feud with The Alpha Academy (current champs).
It was while speaking on Mark Andrews: My Love Letter to Wrestling where Riddle recalled Randy’s advice to him and the apology he suggested he should give Roman Reigns after his comments reached the ears of the Tribal Chief himself.
“One thing I have learned is don’t ask Randy to write an apology for you. The other day, I said some things about a gentleman that I work with. He’s on a different brand, he’s a champion, he’s a chief, one might say. I said some things he didn’t like. I told Randy, ‘I said some things, I’m pretty sure he’s not happy about it. What should I say? I should make this better.’
I sent Randy an apology that I wrote for this person. Randy looked at it and was like, ‘Nah, this is all wrong, this is what you write.’ He sent me an apology back and there was no apology at all. It was basically like, ‘My bad.’ He knows this Chief better than I do. So I sent this apology and let’s just say that he did not accept it. I was like, ‘Damnit Randy. I can never ask you to apologize for anything.’ I’ve learned, don’t ask Randy to do an apology for you.”
There are some benefits to being paired up with the likes of the legendary Randy Orton however, Riddle said.
“When it comes to sports entertainment, the guy gets it. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from him. Just timing. It’s just awesome hanging out with Randy. If I’m honest, the guy is just really cool. He makes me laugh, I try to make him laugh. We have a lot of fun. Even though we’re so different on screen, me and Randy are quite alike in real life. We have a lot in common and get along a lot. It’s made the transition as a team so much easier.”
Historically speaking (at least in reference to Riddle’s history in pro wrestling), he has never been one to keep his comments to himself – even in his MMA days. He’s a straight shooter, as the expression goes. Hopefully now though, he knows to write his own apologies to those affected by his brutal and often on-the-money honesty moving forward.