Matt Riddle: Bio
Despite the last name, Matt Riddle isn’t someone to play with.
Sure, the former UFC welterweight battles in the ring barefoot – with a pair of flip-flops nearby, of course – and carries around a bulletproof lax demeanor that unsuspecting opponents may scoff at. This Riddle, however, is wrapped in an arsenal of surprises. Equipped with a dangerous cache of maneuvers, whether it be a canvas-rattling exploder suplex or his wince-inducing Bromission, the rangy striker is a man of many stylistic flourishes.
This incredible versatility, as well as his reputation as a top striker and submission artist, made The Original Bro high-demand throughout combat sports. After a successful run in professional MMA, where he amassed a winning record in the UFC, Riddle set his sights on the squared circle and quickly headlined a series of show-stealing battles on the independent circuit, capturing championship after championship across organizations and continents.
Riddle's always-entertaining tenure on NXT included a rivalry with The Velveteen Dream, a memorable NXT Tag Team Championship victory alongside Pete Dunne, and a brief yet brutal series of matches against Timothy Thatcher.
None other than Kurt Angle introduced Riddle to the blue brand, where he looks to realize his full potential and supersede the feats left in his rear-view mirror.