“A Little Backstage Heat” – Riddle Describes Reaction To Roman Reigns Comment

Matt Riddle
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Riddle has confirmed that comments he made about WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns recently on social media did not go down too well.

The Raw Tag Team Champion caused the issue when he was talking to Bleacher Report about his team with Randy Orton as RK-Bro. The comment came off the back of a record-breaking SummerSlam where Reigns referred to himself as “legitimate needle moving”. Riddle went on to say that whilst he’s sure ‘The Head Of The Table’ is a swell guy, he’s not impressed and could beat him in a legitimate fight.

No disrespect to Roman, he seems like a swell fella, but at the same time, it’s like when people say they’re a good parent. You know what? If you were a good parent, your kids would be telling you you’re a good parent. When he’s saying ‘Acknowledge me’ or ‘I move the needle,’ no, you don’t. You’re related to The Rock. Shut up. Like, I’m not impressed, I can beat you up in a real fight. So, shut your mouth.

You’re not moving needles. I’m the real stallion, RK-Bro is moving the merch, we’re moving the needle, and that’s it. I don’t want to say too much, I’m not trying to get in trouble. Hey, hats off to him. He’s amazing at what he does. I do like what he does, but at the same time, it’s like, get off your high horse. You’re in that spot for a reason. You’re not a bro. You’re second generation. I’m first generation.

Whilst he stands by his opinion, Riddle has mentioned in an interview with International Business Times that the reaction to what he said wasn’t perfect.

I’ll comment on that briefly. I’m not trying to rub anybody the wrong way or say anything (wrong), but I made some comments (and) I’ll say this: I think they were all factual, just so you know. Kind of like I said, (I am) kind of telling the truth here.

But I think, maybe, even if they were factual, they weren’t the most professional things to say, especially with me being on the Raw brand and him being on SmackDown. I’m not even in that realm of competing with the Tribal Chief. He’s on another level at this moment. I think maybe I got a little too big for my britches, you know what I mean?

Maybe I got a little backstage heat. Maybe a tiny bit. Unfortunately, I said some things that some people may not have liked and I’m not going to mention names, but they didn’t like it. I won’t say it again. I get it. Right now, all hail the Tribal Chief. Good for Roman. Acknowledge him. Everybody, acknowledge him, okay? That’s all I’m saying.

With thanks to WrestleTalk for the transcription.