Matt Riddle’s behind the scenes “heat” was a recent topic of conversation when the NXT tag champ met with WWE head honcho Vince McMahon in his office.
During an interview with Sportskeeda’s Gary Cassidy, Riddle said the following when asked about his alleged backstage heat:
“Do I have heat with WWE or NXT, or the people that run the show? No. Do I have heat with some people who think I’m disrespectful at times because they don’t understand how business works? Yes. Do people take things too seriously? Yes.
And honestly, I’ve had to give talks at NXT, it’s not like I stopped the place, but it’s like, interjecting. I’m like, “Hey. I’m going to tweet or say something that offends you. Realize I’m not trying to actually offend you, I’m just trying to make people think I am. I’m putting out an image, a facade,” you know?
If I talk a certain amount of trash, people are like, “Oh, man, that guy’s uncontrollable, he does what he wants.” You know what I’m saying? I’m doing the job, I’m in the business I’m in. I’m a tag champ, I was in the Rumble, so how does this guy have so much nuclear heat?
I was in Vince McMahon’s office just three weeks ago, before this thing broke out. I was in headquarters talking to him – and, yeah, we mentioned the heat I have with certain people but, at the end of the day, he signs the checks, he makes it happen for me and they’re in control, not the talent.
If employer’s happy and I can make them money and make them a profit, and I’m worth my weight and I’m pulling my weight, I don’t see a problem. To answer your question, yes, some people I have heat with. But most of it’s just high school, catty, “He said this”, people who just can’t take a joke or a work.”
It’s no secret now that Riddle has had not-so-pleasant behind the scenes encounters with both Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. The first was caught on camera by WWE’s production team. The second encounter with Brock before the Royal Rumble pay-per-view was not.
Regarding the Rumble, Riddle slightly addresses not being booked to enter the match while Brock was still in the ring. “I wish I could have gone in the Royal Rumble a little earlier,” he said. “I think everybody thought that. I think only maybe ONE or TWO people might not agree with that, I won’t mention names. I think that’s the only downside of that day, everything else was extremely cool.”
“The Original Bro” also gives his thoughts during the interview on Goldberg beating “The Fiend” for the Universal title and reveals The Broserweights were not originally picked to win the Dusty Classic.