Friday, June 14, 2024
Matt Riddle

Matt Riddle

Allentown, Pennsylvania
Matthew Fredrick Riddle
Height & Weight:
216 Ib

Titles Won:

  • WWE United States Championship
  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Randy Orton
  • NXT Tag Team Championship – with Pete Dunne
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic (2020) – with Pete Dunne
  • Evolve Championship
  • PWG World Tag Team Championship – with Jeff Cobb
  • Progress Atlas Championship (2 times)

While being a professional MMA fighter from 2008 to 2014, Matt Riddle made a name for himself by appearing on SpikeTV’s The Ultimate Fighter 7 and went on to hold a four-fight winning streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) before being fired upon testing positive for smoking marijuana in February 2013. He also fought for Titan FC and compiled a career record of 8–3 (2).

In 2014, Riddle began training at the Monster Factory for a career in professional wrestling and made his actual debut in February 2015. Readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recognized him as the Rookie of the Year and Most Improved wrestler of the year in 2016. Between 2015 and 2018, he worked on the independent circuit, wrestling for promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, World Wrestling Network, Evolve, and others. He is a former Evolve Champion, WWN Champion, PWG World Tag Team Champion (with Jeff Cobb), and two-time Progress Atlas Champion.

Since 2018, Riddle has been signed to WWE in which he portrays a stereotypical carefree, barefoot surfer valley boy gimmick, during an era in which exaggerated gimmicks are rare. Riddle was originally assigned to the NXT brand, where he was a one-time NXT Tag Team Champion with Pete Dunne as ‘The Broserweights’, having become champions after winning the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. He was later promoted to the main roster, beginning on May 30, 2020. There, he won the United States Championship in February 2021 and the Raw Tag Team Championship both in August 2021 and March 2022. In December 2021, Riddle briefly made appearances on the NXT brand as the shaman for MSK.

MMA Achievements

UFC Fight of the Night vs. Lance Benoist

UFC Submission of the Night vs. Chris Clements

Other Notable Achievements

5 Star Tap or Snap Championship

Evolve Style Battle (2016)

Hope 24/7 Hardcore Championship

Revolution Strong Style Tournament (2018)

KPW Tag Team Championship – with Punisher Martinez

Monster Factory Heavyweight Championship

King of Chaos Championship

Scenic City Invitational Tournament (2017)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Most Improved & Rookie of the Year (2016)

WWN Championship