Matt Riddle is expected to make his debut with the WWE over the Summerslam weekend. Most believe that he’ll appear in the crowd during NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV, officially marking his arrival on the yellow brand.
Over the weekend, Riddle attempted to defend his EVOLVE Championship against former Major League Wrestling Champion Shane Strickland. Strickland, also known as two time Trios Champion Killshot in Lucha Underground, would defeat Riddle, ending his reign at 122 days.
Ive had wars with many of the best and most dangerous out there…
This one took me to a limit i couldnt belive i had to go to, but was very necessary. When i tell you im a threat, i damn well mean it… Go out of your way to watch @WWNEVOLVE 108#Swervevsriddle #EVOLVE108 pic.twitter.com/D9uRK6P1Iw
— Shane Strickland (@StricklandShane) August 5, 2018
And new… pic.twitter.com/77gskoVzmj
— EVOLVE Wrestling (@WWNEVOLVE) August 4, 2018
Riddle originally won the title back in Queens, NY in February, ending Zack Sabre Jr.’s 400+ long day reign as champion.
With Riddle dropping the EVOLVE Championship, is this the final sign of his jump to NXT? We’ll find out on August 18th at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.