Kurt Angle Turned Down Offer To Manage Matt Riddle On SmackDown
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Kurt Angle was offered a job by WWE to manage Matt Riddle but the WWE Hall of Famer turned it down. It’s nothing personal, though. The Olympian says he’d love to manage the former mixed martial artist and is a big fan of him, but the timing was wrong.
“I think that Matt Riddle is going to be one of the faces of the [WWE], he has all the ability,” Angle told CBR. “His personality is great. At first, it’s a little odd. But once you get to know him, he’s very likable,” Angle told CBR. “And that’s what he’s going to get from the fans. They’re going to love this kid. And he proves it in the ring. He’s phenomenal in the ring. There’s no doubt about that. But his whole bro gimmick thing works really well. And he’s going to do extremely well. WWE has offered me a job to manage him. Unfortunately, I turned it down due to a few different reasons, but I would have loved to manage him. It just wasn’t the right time.”
While he won’t be managing him, Angle still introduced him to SmackDown and refereed Riddle’s last NXT match.