Former WWE superstar Matt Riddle recently opened up about his initial rocky relationship with fellow wrestler Randy Orton during his appearance on "Signed By Superstars." Riddle's candid reflections reveal the backstage dynamics of WWE, shedding light on how his unscripted actions during a live promo incidentally improved his rapport with Orton.
Riddle recalled an incident where he inadvertently interrupted a live promo of Japanese WWE star Asuka. Expecting negative fallout, Riddle was surprised when Orton, who had a strained relationship with him until that point, unexpectedly praised him.
"Me and Randy didn't really talk. I guess Randy didn't like me when I first started working there just because I am who I am," Riddle stated. He added, "But then Randy comes up to me and goes, 'I don't know if that was planned, but that's your best promo yet, kid,' and walks away.
I felt actually better. I was like, 'Oh, I mean, Randy thought it was cool [so it's okay].' "
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This incident marked a turning point in their relationship, illustrating the unique dynamics within WWE's backstage culture.
Riddle also highlighted the challenges he faced in fitting in with the more established wrestlers, including Orton. He shared an anecdote about their first meeting, where he inadvertently snubbed Orton by not greeting him due to having his headphones on.
This, according to Riddle, led Orton to jokingly consider getting him fired. "I remember Randy going, 'I'm going to figure out a way to get this guy fired.' And I was like, 'You said that, dude?' And he's like, 'Yeah, but you're cool now.'
" Despite these early hurdles, Riddle expressed ease in becoming comfortable with his WWE peers, including those who initially had reservations about him. His experiences reflect the complexities of navigating interpersonal relationships in the high-pressure world of professional wrestling.
Riddle's account of his evolving relationship with Orton provides a fascinating glimpse into the behind-the-scenes camaraderie and conflicts among WWE's top stars, highlighting the human aspect of this larger-than-life entertainment industry.