During a recent interview of Gary Cassidy of Sportskeeda Wrestling’s Dropkick DiSKussions, Matt Riddle commented on his issues with Goldberg, Chris Jericho, NXT, and more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On his first year in WWE: The past year was good. It’s been busy. I don’t know. It’s great. When you wrestle in the WWE and stuff like that, there’s so much going on but it’s all one company, you know. When I was wrestling on the indies and stuff, I would wrestle every weekend, four times a weekend but it was for four different companies, every weekend, or at least three. Now just wrestling for one company all the time, it’s just as awesome. I think that was the biggest transition. Then, you know, TV and stuff like that. But it’s been a great year. I’ve gotten a bunch of raises, I’m making decent money.I spent a lot of time at the house during the week. I live in Florida, I train in Florida, and all of that. Yeah, trying not to get beat up by WCW legends. Or maybe I’m trying to get beat up by him. But, you know, it’s been a good year. NXT has been treating me pretty good. Not too bad.
On NXT moving to USA: I think I’m going to keep doing what I’m going to do but I think just because there’s going to be more TV, more time, they’re going to need more from us. We’re going to see who can deliver on live TV, who can’t and it is what it is. I’m stoked. I think it’s a good challenge – not just for me but the rest of the locker room. I like to be pushed, I like to be under pressure, I like to be in that situation, I like to sweat. I’m stoked. I’ve been wanting to go on live TV since I started here. For a long time, everyone’s going, “You’ve got to go to main roster, main roster.” I was like, “Not a chance, I want NXT on TV, I’d rather wrestle on NXT on USA or FOX, or wherever.” Now, one year later, NXT is on USA. We are starting a couple of weeks from now and it’s gonna be legit.
On whether the move means less desire to move to RAW or SmackDown: Right now, NXT for me is the place to be. Things do change. I think with all three brands on television, I think certain things are gonna change. I think it’s gonna elevate NXT into the spotlight but at the same time, I think it’s gonna help elevate both SmackDown and RAW. Obviously, I want to wrestle a lot of the guys on the main roster like Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Cesaro – I could keep going on. There’s a lot of talent on the main roster. For me, that’s what it was been about. One of the main reasons I signed with WWE and not another company, I don’t want to mention names, is I want to wrestle Brock Lesnar and the only way I will get even close to this is if I’m in WWE. I’m not going to wrestle that dude anywhere else. I can fight him in the UFC, but I’m not going to ever wrestle him anywhere else I don’t believe. For me, it’s all about matches.
On whether there’s added pressure in competing with AEW: What’s the name of that company? No, no, I’m kidding, I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Honestly, I wish them all the best. I’m super stoked. It’s the Wednesday Night Wars! I hope they push the envelope, I hope they push it hard and I hope they get a lot of fans, and I hope they’re very successful – because the more successful they are, the more successful we’ll be and the more… You know, it just really helps people out like me if there’s good competition. It helps the performers, the people that actually make the show go. It really helps them. I don’t feel the pressure.
On losing his undefeated streak to Velveteen Dream: Honestly… I wanted to win. I wasn’t happy about that. But you know, I look at it like this, Velveteen Dream is a stud, the people are behind him and I knew losing to him wouldn’t really be a loss. If it was up to me, I would just smash everybody out like Goldberg did and just be the champion, that’s what I wanted to do, it didn’t turn out that way. But yeah, I also knew from the way that match went and how it played out, how dominant I was, how he caught me with that last-second pin – you know, I feel like I didn’t lose anything from that, you know.
On whether WWE have shown any indications that he’ll face Brock at some point: Well, the WWE… NXT has made mention of me wrestling Brock in promos and other things like that, but I’ve been calling out Brock since I started wrestling. It’s such a huge goal. If I get close to that, I’ll probably be really successful. If I do it, probably be a legend. Now I’m as close I’ve ever been but I’m still pretty far.
On a match with Goldberg: With Goldberg, I was never even really wanting a match. I mean, I would take it for sure. He’s Bill Goldberg, you know? The guy is money. At the same time, I never wanted a match. It was more so my opinion on his workrate and his wrestling – not his ability to generate money or put butts in seats. It was his salary, his workrate. And I talked to Goldberg, we talked about it, he thought I was being disrespectful. I was like, “Okay, man, that’s my opinion. I’m just not a huge fan of your work. I’m just not. It’s not great pro wrestling.” It’s like, “You’ve got a great jackhammer, great spear but the wrestling… Uhh.” I’m not lying. I feel like if I’m not lying, I’m not being disrespectful. Especially as that’s how you make your money.
On Chris Jericho mocking him, whether he has a message for Jericho: No, no messages for him, no messages for him. I’m not gonna give him that. I already have my one video, he knows what I think. He told me to listen and learn, or whatever – which wasn’t even directed properly towards me. Like I said, I wasn’t trying to get him mad. It was just my opinion on somebody, in multiple interviews and whatever. Then I just watched that match and it was just too much. It was just too much. So, I think maybe he should listen and learn. If he wants to get his ass kicked, he can – but I doubt he wants that.