In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Riddle would make disparaging comments about the biggest Superstar on the SmackDown brand.
It was confirmed in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Riddle had received significant heat backstage following the release of the interview, and now he has acknowledged the issues he faced backstage.
Speaking during a recent media call, Riddle would reflect on what he said about the Tribal Chief, admitting that he perhaps did have some issues backstage with management and other talents over the comments:
“I’m not trying to rub anybody the wrong way or say anything [wrong], but I made some comments [and] I’ll say this: I think they were all factual, just so you know. Kind of like I said, [I am] kind of telling the truth here. But I think, maybe, even if they were factual, they weren’t the most professional things to say, especially with me being on the Raw brand and him being on SmackDown. I’m not even in that realm of competing with the Tribal Chief. He’s on another level at this moment. I think maybe I got a little too big for my britches, you know what I mean? Maybe I got a little backstage heat. Maybe a tiny bit."
Riddle would finish by being more sarcastic about the situation, but we don't have reason to believe at this time that it is related to any sort of storyline or will implications to creative:
"Unfortunately, I said some things that some people may not have liked and I’m not going to mention names, but they didn’t like it. I won’t say it again. I get it. Right now, all hail the Tribal Chief. Good for Roman [Reigns]. Acknowledge him. Everybody, acknowledge him, okay? That’s all I’m saying."
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