Matt Riddle's return is approaching
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 481
Matt Riddle's last appearance on TV was in his tag team match with Kevin Owens. The unlikely duo was unable to wrest the tag team titles out of the hands of The Usos and - to make matters worse - they were viciously attacked by Solo Sikoa.
'The Original Bro' suffered the most serious injuries from that attack and WWE announced that he would be out for six weeks. In the following days, more and more rumors circulated that Matt had failed two drug tests in the previous months.
The company would then have suspended him and 'forced' him to go to rehabilitation, on pain of dismissal. Unfortunately, this isn't the time Riddle gets into trouble. He had in fact been suspended twice when he was in the UFC, a bad story that had led to his firing of him.
The Wellness Program is - as you will all remember - that program that deals with the protection of WWE Superstars and athletes and that prevents them from using drugs, alcohol and psychotropic substances, on pain of fines and suspensions, even dismissal, if violations are repeated over time.
New details on Matt Riddle
According to Mike Johnson of 'PWInsider', Matt Riddle could return to the ring next month. 'The Original Bro' was in fact advertised for an episode of Monday Night Raw which will be staged in mid-February.
“The superstars touted for the 2/13 episode of Raw at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn are Bobby Lashley, Bianca Belair, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Johnny Gargano and Matt Riddle. No match has been announced yet,” Johnson revealed.
In the latest edition of the 'Cafe de Rene' podcast, Rene Dupree urged Riddle to take his health care more seriously. “I know the rehab process having been through it a few times. I know Matt Riddle posted something on Twitter.
The problem is - when you're in rehab - you're not allowed to have a phone. You cannot have any kind of contact with the outside world, as you are there to focus on your problem,” Dupree explained. “If Matt is actually in a rehab center and the rules haven't changed, he's already committed an infraction.
This means that he is not taking the rehabilitation process seriously” - added Rene. Riddle admires Conor McGregor's ability to attract audiences but doesn't know if the latter will thrive in WWE's PG atmosphere: "He's Conor McGregor.
The guy puts bu**s in seats. The guy has a mouth on him. I don't know if he would pass the PG WWE code. But I guess he could do his best. At the end of the day, it's like Jake Paul or any of them...I don't know how they're doing it but they get people talking, they're controversial, they make money with fights and drama."