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.
During the WWE Draft in 2020, 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.
The beef started after Riddle’s ex-wife body-shamed Becky Lynch in now-deleted Instagram post. Thankfully, the beef between the two ended and they ended up having a great feud.
While speaking on After the Bell with Corey Graves, Matt Riddle discussed moving beyond his personal issues with Seth Rollins.
Didn’t get along too well, he wasn’t a fan of me, and I’ll say this, I wasn’t not not a fan of his, but somebody close to me at the time made some comments, this, that, and the other thing, and Seth wouldn’t talk to me. Seth wouldn’t look at me, he wouldn’t talk to me, he wasn’t gonna have anything to do with me.
And eventually, it’s kind of like Brock [Lesnar] and everybody else, you don’t have a choice. I’m here, I’m gonna keep working hard. Eventually, you’re gonna have to get in the ring with me, and we’re gonna have to do business. And eventually, Seth came to that conclusion.
But I think he also realizes what I bring to the table, what I’m willing to do to get reactions from the crowd, just like when we go personal, we talk about things we probably shouldn’t be talking about. But I’m like, bro, I don’t care. I mean, I do pay child support. Things are rough for me. And for me, I also look at it as more of a therapeutic thing. Anybody that knows me knows what I’m going through like, ‘I can’t believe he would have said that to me if I was going through that.’ Because everybody that’s been in that spot, in that moment, can relate. And I think that’s the big thing. I think it’s something Seth does and people don’t realize, I want people to relate.
Everybody can relate about being like the smaller brother friend that just wants to be cool and has the other brother like him, that’s me and Randy [Orton]. With Seth, it’s just two guys that don’t like each other and talk some crap that he shouldn’t be talking. We’re at that point where I want to hurt him physically, mentally, emotionally, and he does, too. So I think just trying to build that story and build certain things that for me, the more real it is, the easier it is, the better it is. And that’s what makes me working with Seth so good because he’s the same way. He likes to go all in.”
At WWE Extreme Rules, Seth Rollins squared off against Matt Riddle in a Fight Pit match, with Daniel Cormier as the special guest referee. Matt had the advantage as a former MMA fighter and tapped out Seth to win the match. We’ll have to see what’s next for both of them.
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