In an unexpected turn of events, former WWE United States Champion Matt Riddle revealed through his social media platforms that he had parted ways with WWE. Esteemed wrestling analyst Dave Meltzer, an authority in the industry, shed some light on Riddle's post-WWE journey on the popular "Wrestling Observer Radio" show.
Meltzer indicated that there's budding interest from at least one premier MMA promotion, eager to integrate Riddle back into the MMA fold.
Riddle's MMA Legacy
Riddle isn't a stranger to the MMA community. Before gracing the wrestling ring, he made his mark in prominent MMA organizations like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Titan FC.
His impressive MMA resume boasts eight victories and three defeats. Yet, his MMA tenure is not without controversy. While in the UFC, Riddle faced Chris Clements and Che Mills. Unfortunately, both these triumphs were later annulled as no-contests, following Riddle's positive tests for cannabis.
This led to the culmination of his UFC stint after a subsequent failed drug test post his match with Mills. Riddle's last known MMA combat was in Titan FC 27, held in February 2014, where he showcased his prowess by subduing Michael Kuiper via submission.
The reasons behind Riddle's WWE exit have been a subject of speculation. Reports suggest that his off-screen actions might have played a pivotal role. A recent alarming incident at New York's JFK airport saw Riddle accusing a law enforcement officer of inappropriate conduct.
Riddle's association with WWE began in 2018 after gaining recognition in the independent wrestling circuit. Fans last saw him in the WWE ring earlier this month on "WWE Raw", where, in a riveting Tornado Tag Team Match, he and Drew McIntyre faced defeat at the hands of The Viking Raiders, Erik and Ivar.
As Riddle's wrestling chapter closes, at least for now, the intrigue surrounding his next move — particularly a potential MMA return — remains a crazy topic among fans and industry insiders alike.