There is no secret that Matt Riddle has rubbed people up the wrong way ever since he set foot inside the WWE.
Everyone’s seen Goldberg get up in his face during WWE 24 and there is even rumor that he annoyed Brock Lesnar so badly by calling him out on Twitter that The Beast Incarnate blew up at Riddle backstage in an epic rant.
Though how much of that is true, nobody really knows.
Over on Sportskeeda, Riddle addressed all of this and a conversation he had on the subject with Vince McMahon;
Do I have heat with WWE or NXT, or the people that run the show? No. Do I have heat with some people who think I’m disrespectful at times because they don’t understand how business works? Yes. Do people take things too seriously? Yes. And honestly, I’ve had to give talks at NXT, it’s not like I stopped the place, but it’s like, interjecting. I’m like, ‘Hey. I’m going to tweet or say something that offends you. Realize I’m not trying to actually offend you, I’m just trying to make people think I am.’ I’m putting out an image, a facade, you know?
If I talk a certain amount of trash, people are like, ‘Oh, man, that guy’s uncontrollable, he does what he wants.’ You know what I’m saying? I’m doing the job, I’m in the business I’m in. I’m a tag champ, I was in the Rumble, so how does this guy have so much nuclear heat?
I was in Vince McMahon‘s office just three weeks ago, before this thing broke out. I was in headquarters talking to him – and, yeah, we mentioned the heat I have with certain people but, at the end of the day, he signs the checks, he makes it happen for me and they’re in control, not the talent.
If the employer is happy and I can make them money and make them a profit, and I’m worth my weight and I’m pulling my weight, I don’t see a problem. To answer your question, yes, some people I have heat with. But most of it is just high school, catty, ‘He said this’, people who just can’t take a joke or a work.”
The take away from all this is that Vince doesn’t care who Riddle upsets, as long as he’s pulling his weight and, most importantly, making him money and it seems that if anyone has a problem with his actions then they’re just going to have to get used to them, or sit in the corner sulking, as he has zero intention on changing his approach.
And I say, more power to him.
As fans, we spend so much time complaining when any company, not just the WWE, seemingly hold a wrestler back, so it comes as a breath of fresh air to see them allowing the Super King of Bros the license to go after whoever he wants, whenever he wants.
It might not make him many friends in the back, but it might just lead to some very interesting feuds.