Entering a pivotal phase in his career after parting ways with WWE last September, Matt Riddle remains a figure of intrigue and controversy, his history casting long shadows. Yet, the former WWE and UFC standout is not one to shy away from expressing his opinions, particularly about his experiences with past colleagues.
Riddle Reflects on Owens & Zayn
In a recent "Signed By Superstars" virtual event, Riddle opened up about his tenure with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in WWE. While he expressed admiration for their skills and personalities, Riddle acknowledged a mutual feeling of uncertainty, coupled with occasional creative clashes.
"Sami and Kevin are really nice people," Riddle commented. "They're excellent in the ring. I've always had respect for them. It's unclear if they've always felt the same about me, and that's okay. The main challenge was sometimes aligning our visions for matches.
But despite that, our matches turned out beautifully – they were thrilling and enjoyable. I definitely appreciated working with them; they're truly talented individuals." This revelation comes in the backdrop of Riddle's collaboration with Zayn and Owens a few months before his WWE departure.
The trio, an unexpected alliance, showed varying degrees of success. They triumphed over Judgment Day and Imperium on "Raw," yet faced defeat against The Bloodline at WWE Backlash in Puerto Rico. Riddle's candidness about his relationships with Zayn and Owens sheds light on the complexities of professional wrestling – where behind-the-scenes dynamics significantly influence in-ring performances.
His reflections offer a glimpse into the intricate process of crafting memorable matches, highlighting both the challenges and the rewards of collaboration in the high-stakes world of WWE. As he navigates his post-WWE journey, Riddle's openness about his experiences provides a rare insight into the world of professional wrestling, where personal and professional narratives often intertwine, creating compelling stories both inside and outside the ring.