Matt Riddle recently stirred up controversy by asserting that he was originally slated to secure a victory in the 2022 Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match, only for Vince McMahon to abruptly change course, awarding the win to Austin Theory instead. However, recent developments suggest that Riddle’s claims may not be entirely accurate.

During an interview on the Signed by Superstars podcast, Riddle shared his version of events, stating that he had been the initial choice to win the coveted Money in the Bank contract. He recounted how McMahon’s admiration for Austin Theory led to a last-minute alteration, resulting in Theory’s unexpected victory. Despite the abrupt change, Riddle displayed his support for Theory and congratulated him on his success.

“Wanna hear something else cool? I was supposed to win Money in the Bank but Vince (McMahon) really likes Austin Theory and literally hours before, they changed it and Austin was added in and threw me off the ladder. After I took two huge ladder bumps off the RKO and everything else and it’s like… But, I love Austin Theory and I’m happy for him. Keep killing it bro.”

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer weighed in on Riddle’s assertion, shedding light on the backstage decision-making process. Meltzer revealed that the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match had remained uncertain until the eleventh hour. While Riddle may have been considered a strong contender, the final selection ultimately favored Austin Theory.


“It was never one-hundred percent anyone. They have not figured it out until the very last minute. And Matt Riddle was one of the people. Perhaps even the favorite but it was not like it was Matt Riddle and changed to Austin Theory.”

Ringside News exclusively reported that Riddle’s claim of being slated to win the 2022 Royal Rumble had also been debunked. Despite these inconsistencies, Matt Riddle has shifted his focus towards other wrestling promotions, leaving fans curious about his future endeavors as the “Original Bro.”

What are your thoughts on Matt Riddle’s recent statements? Do you believe he has been making an excessive number of unsubstantiated claims lately? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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