Matt Riddle Talks Meeting Mr. McMahon In Flip Flops, Main Roster Jump, More
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On making the jump from NXT to SmackDown:
For me, it’s a progression. The indies are the minor leagues, NXT is still professional but not on the level of Smackdown in terms of production and worldwide value and now Smackdown, once you’re at that level it’s a different picture. I didn’t know how long I was going to stay in NXT and I was hoping it was going to be quick but I think I did what I had to do to make the proper move to main roster.
On undergoing a possible character change on SmackDown:
I’m Matt Riddle, I don’t think that’s going to change and I don’t want to change. My employers don’t want me to change, they really like who am and what I bring to the table. For the writers and everybody else I think I’m a breath of fresh air, its hard when you got people coming in to tell them what to do but for me, I know what I’m going to do. You can guide me and stuff but I know who Matt Riddle is, I don’t have to think about my character. I am Matt Riddle, I’m the original bro.
On meeting Vince McMahon while barefoot:
I had a meeting with Vince months ago before WrestleMania. I went to WWE headquarters with a full suit and flip flops and he saw that and he said that it’s my thing. I haven’t worn shoes in years. I don’t think anybody wants to change me. I think they know what they’ve got and I bring something unique and original.
You can listen to the entire interview below. Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the transcript.