We previously reported here on eWn that WWE NXT Superstar Matt Riddle and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar were involved in a verbal altercation backstage at Sunday's WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.
According to a report from Fightful, a source claims that Lesnar was the "wrong one to f*ck with" and that Brock approached Riddle backstage to let him know just that. The site claims Riddle was "spoken to by Brock, and he understood."
With that being said, talkSPORT is reporting that those "close to the situation" claim Lesnar went up to Riddle backstage and grabbed him by the shoulder and said "Kid, you might as well stop saying my name and tagging me in sh*t because you and I will never work together. Ever." Following this, Riddle tried to continue speaking with Lesnar but Brock simply ignored him and walked away after saying what he had to say. The site claims "tensions never rose especially high" and Riddle "was his usual, cool and composed self."
We reported earlier today here on eWn that there is some backstage heat on Matt Riddle right now and he was "punished" during the Royal Rumble due to it. Riddle entered the Royal Rumble match at number 23 and was eliminated just 40 seconds later.
the irony here is that Riddle is marketing himself the way Dana wants UFC fighters picking their shots for hype.
I think this may be the case, too.
Maybe a variant on something Stone Cold says oftentimes on his podcast- no one these days steps up and TAKES the top positions like they used to. They just wait and hope WWE christens it upon them.
Hopefully it works for him longterm. I made a thread a few months ago about seeing him on NXT and I thought he looked really, really good in the ring. He's obviously got some talent, and the credibility to back it up. It's just a matter of where the line between intrigue and banishment lies.
Who knows, maybe the way he feels is that he's basically fucked and looking at a life sentence of low-mid card booking, anyway, so might as well throw a hand grenade into the room and see what comes of it.
He's a talented guy and can get signed elsewhere, so I actually endorse what he's doing.