Matt Riddle is one of the most sought-after free agents in the wrestling business right now. The 32-year-old is rumored to be making his way to the WWE in the near future but has publicly called himself a free agent for the moment.
During a recent episode of Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 1 2 360, Riddle appeared to address his status in the wrestling world and who he’d like to fight in NXT.
Working as one of the hottest free agents in the world:
I’m in a really good position right now. I work with Evolve on a regular basis, and they have a great relationship with WWE and other companies as well. Zack Sabre Jr. works with us, New Japan, all that… I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world and wrestle guys from NJPW, ROH, especially Progress and WWE guys, you know? I’m in a really good spot.
You’ve helped me out a lot, and, you know I’ve had some issues with my past and going further in this profession, and I was kinda stuck in a spot. But from what I’ve gathered, I’m at a point where everyone wants me, everyone wants to work with me. They’re all big fans of Matt Riddle, and I think it’s time for me to make the right decision and see what happens.
Who he’d like to face in NXT:
I’ve had one match with Roderick Strong, which was great. I’d love to do something like that again. I wrestled Kyle O’Reilly all around the world from Ireland to the U.S. to… everywhere. I’d love to do that again. Adam Cole is the same.
Aleister Black, I wrestled him only once, and we didn’t call anything and it was one of my fave matches. Tommaso Ciampa, Ricochet… the list goes on, bro. Endless possibilities for great matches.
His hatred of the Irish Whip:
I hate irish whipping people or getting irish whipped because it’s not a realistic move to me. I don’t see someone grabbing my hand and throwing me 20 ft across the ring and I run back. I don’t see that happening in my life.
But the other day, dude’s putting heat on me, grabs my wrist and goes hard buckle. I couldn’t stop him, like I had to take a hard buckle, you know?
I was working with Drew Gulak and we didn’t call a thing. We didn’t call anything and he went to whip me off the ropes. He didn’t call anything and I didn’t know what he was gonna do, so I just walked it off, and the crowd erupted.
You can check out the rest of Riddle’s interview with Waltman below.