In a surprising turn of events, former WWE superstar Matt Riddle has been released from his contract, marking the end of a tumultuous tenure filled with backstage controversies. Riddle's departure follows over two dozen incidents of backstage heat, raising questions about his future in professional wrestling.
Despite the challenges, Riddle's market value remains high. He recently filed a trademark for a nickname he used during his WWE stint, hinting at significant plans ahead. This development has sparked widespread interest from various wrestling promotions eager to capitalize on his star power.
Riddle, known for his versatile combat skills, has openly considered a return to mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2024. Adding to the intrigue, he's also slated for an appearance in Major League Wrestling (MLW). With his non-compete clause expiring, Riddle seems poised to explore new opportunities in the wrestling world.
Riddle's AEW Prospects Dim
Wrestling Observer Radio's Dave Meltzer recently discussed Riddle's current situation, speculating that a move to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) might be off the table. Meltzer suggested that AEW would likely insist on Riddle's debut appearance being exclusive to their promotion.
This leaves the door open for Riddle to join other organizations, such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) or potentially TNA, amidst its relaunch. Riddle's WWE hiatus was precipitated by a controversial Instagram post, in which he accused an officer at JFK airport of harassment.
The post, which was later deleted, led to an internal investigation by Port Authority officers after an incident involving Riddle at the airport. As the wrestling community watches closely, Riddle's next move remains a topic of keen interest.
His ability to draw audiences and generate revenue is undisputed, yet the question of where he will appear next looms large. With his track record and talent, Riddle could be a valuable asset to any promotion willing to navigate the complexities of his recent past.