Matt Riddle wasted no time in becoming a highlight of WWE television after transitioning from the UFC to pro wrestling. His in-ring skills and chill character work have helped him gain fanfare. Riddle is now a regular on WWE television and it appears some believe WWE is downplaying his MMA background.

Matt Riddle was removed from television after failing second drug test, and has also been involved in a number of controversies on social media related to infidelity, among other things. 

After a long hiatus, Matt Riddle returned on the RAW after WrestleMania 39. Since then, he has been a staple of WWE television. He has had stellar matches with numerous opponents on RAW so far.

This includes Matt Riddle’s excellent match against Gunther on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW. Even in defeat, Riddle looked quite strong. While speaking on Legion of RAW, Vince Russo accused WWE of downplaying MMA’s background.


“Riddle is believable to me. Riddle looks like an athlete to me. We know the MMA background which they never sell. I don’t mind. I mind when he has a long match with Sami Zayn, I mind when he has a long match with Kevin Owens. I don’t mind when he has a long match from somebody who looks younger than him and is very, very athletic. He will not blow up, you could see his physique, he’s very, very strong. The fact that he has a long match with Gunther and Gunther goes over, I don’t think it hurt either one of them.”

We will have to wait and see whether The Original Bro will eventually get a proper push somewhere down the line, as fans feel he deserves a proper title run soon.

What are your views on what Vince Russo said? Do you agree with him? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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