WWE news: NXT's Matt Riddle addresses reports he has 'huge' backstage heat

Riddle has revealed all on his backstage heat

Matt Riddle is one of NXT’s most exciting prospects. 

The UFC fighter turned professional wrestler has quickly established himself as a fan favourite in WWE’s developmental brand and currently holds the tag team championships. 

But while he connects very well with the audience, it seems the King of Bros doesn’t get along with all of his colleagues.  

Earlier this year, there were reports that Riddle had ‘huge backstage heat’ after getting into an altercation with Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.

But speaking this week, the NXT star moved to clarify those rumours and shoot down any suggestion that he’s been in trouble with the powers that be. 

“Do I have heat with WWE or NXT, or the people that run the show? No,” Riddle told Gary Cassidy, of SportsKeeda

“Do I have heat with some people who think I’m disrespectful at times because they don’t understand how business works? Yes. Do people take things too seriously? Yes.

“Honestly, I’ve had to give talks at NXT, is not like I stopped the place, but it’s like, interjecting. 

Riddle has squashed rumours of backstage heat

“I’m like, ‘Hey. I’m going to tweet or say something that offends you. Realise I’m not trying to actually offend you, I’m just trying to make people think I am’. I’m putting out an image, a facade, you know?”

“If I talk a certain amount of trash, people are like, ‘Oh, man, that guy’s uncontrollable, he does what he wants’. I’m doing the job, I’m in the business I’m in.

“I’m a tag champ, I was in the [Royal] Rumble, so how does this guy have so much nuclear heat?” 

Riddle was involved in the Royal Rumble

Riddle went on to reveal he met with Vince McMahon shortly before the coronavirus outbreak and was assured there are no issues with the higher-ups. 

“I was in Vince McMahon’s office just three weeks ago, before this thing broke out,” the NXT star continued.

“Yeah, we mentioned the heat I have with certain people but, at the end of the day, he signs the cheques, he makes it happen for me and they’re in control, not the talent. 

Riddle is NXT Tag Team Champion

“If the employer’s happy and I can make them money and make them a profit, and I’m worth my weight and I’m pulling my weight, I don’t see a problem.

“To answer your question, yes, some people I have heat with. But most of its just high school, catty, ‘He said this’, people who just can’t take a joke or a work.” 

Let’s take that as a resounding ‘no’ on the whole idea of Riddle having serious backstage heat in WWE then.  

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