Former WWE United States Champion Riddle has credited ECW legend Blue Meanie for teaching him how to work, saying the former J.O.B. Squad man is one of the “sweetest guys” you’ll ever meet.
Riddle has been impressive on Monday Night RAW, earning the United States Championship and gaining a lot of television exposure alongside Randy Orton. Riddle has excelled not only because of his entertainment value, but also because of the many critically lauded matches he has had since leaving NXT, particularly with Sheamus.
“Blue Meanie is one of my favorite people in the world. The guy’s one of the sweetest guys you’ll ever [meet]. Super knowledge and yeah, especially when it comes to the business side of wrestling, Blue Meanie, he’s been in the business, he gets it, he’s got the experience and he’s a pleasure to be around and yeah. He’s one of the guys who taught me how to work.”
How Did Riddle & Blue Meanie Cross Paths?
For those unfamiliar with his recent work, Blue Meanie has been a trainer at Monster Factory since 2012, the same wrestling school that produced Riddle and current WWE United States Champion Damian Priest, among others. Blue Meanie never won gold in ECW or WWE, but he did spend three years with Extreme Championship Wrestling after being discovered by Raven and partnered with Stevie Richards. The bWo, a spoof of the renowned nWo group, was formed when the two linked up with Nova. Meanie competed in WWE as a member of the J.O.B. Squad and as Bluedust, a spoof of Goldust. Meanie made multiple appearances on ECW before returning to the indie circuit.
Meanie has been training at the Monster Factory, but he hasn’t completely retired from the ring, having competed in MLW this year and Ring of Honor in 2020 – both in battle royals – with his last singles encounter taking place in February 2020 versus Richard Holliday.