WWE released several Superstars in September, and Matt Riddle’s name was featured on that list. He is getting back out there and competing in the ring, but the Original Bro isn’t too eager to leap into the Land of All Elite.

Matt Riddle became a free agent after his 90-day non-compete clause ended, and he joined MLW and NJPW. Riddle appreciates the freedom provided by these companies, and seems less inclined to immediately explore opportunities with a television company like AEW.

Signed By Superstars recently had a chance to speak with Matt Riddle. He was asked about potentially making a leap to AEW, and while he knows other former WWE Superstars have done that, he doesn’t want to rush back to doing matches on television.

“Yeah, honestly, I feel like a lot of the talent when I got released, were going to try to do that. I wanted to think outside the box and maybe not rush right back into doing television matches. TV is a lot different than wrestling on ppl or the Indies. There are commercials, they cut times, they change things. For me, right now, New Japan, MLW, the Indies, I can display my art, and I’m not under such a crunch of time or requirement. I have a lot more freedom. TNA isn’t out of the picture, either. There are certain things I wanted to do. I really wanted to work in Japan and I made that a priority.”


Matt Riddle might find his way to AEW eventually, but it doesn’t appear that he is climbing over anyone to get a slot on Tony Khan’s television show. His priority now lies with working in Japan, and he is going to make that happen.

Only time will tell if Matt Riddle ever makes his way back to WWE. They say that everyone comes back to WWE eventually, even controversial names like Matt Riddle. In the meantime, he will keep living his best life while calling his own shots.

What’s your take on Matt Riddle’s stance on going to AEW? Do you want to see him in Tony Khan’s company? Let us know what you think in the comments section!

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