Matt Riddle discusses The Broserweights, 'backstage heat', Goldberg & more [Exclusive]

Matt Riddle opened up about a variety of topics
Matt Riddle opened up about a variety of topics
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Matt Riddle and Tim Thatcher
Matt Riddle and Tim Thatcher

I need to ask your thoughts on the guy who's not your bro, Goldberg's recent WWE return. He came back, beat The Fiend, then lost to Braun Strowman. What were your thoughts on that?

You know, it's unfortunate. It's not that he wasn't a money-making machine in his time, and this and that, and that he's not entertaining. I get it. But, at the end of the day, this is a really hard thing to do. It's hard on your body and there's a reason why, you know, people come and go.

Then to not only bring him back but then to almost destroy... if Bray Wyatt wasn't as good as he is and so charismatic as he is and everything else, he wouldn't be able to survive. Most characters would die after that and probably be released shortly after. He was billed undefeated then just to have him Speared a couple times, barely Jackhammered, one, two, three.


The other thing, too, is you're putting other athletes that are in their prime or trying of having their run, you're putting them in jeopardy because somebody wants to come back. You know? And the landscape of professional wrestling has changed since the '90s. Not that it's better or worse, but it's a little bit more sport, it's a little more competitive, it's a little harder hitting.

Not that there wasn't hard-hitting stuff or there wasn't that style then, there was but I feel like now, overall, it's different. Getting in a World Title match and you can't deliver a good forearm, or this or that, people are going to call you out.

I don't think it was a poor move bringing him back for a match, but to bring him back to win the title, to destroy the character like The Fiend being being so unstoppable and then just have Braun Strowman beat him... You know, it doesn't really do much for Braun Strowman beating him. It's not like it was a passing of the torch or a great match. It was a couple of Spears and a Powerslam.


And I don't want to knock on Braun or anybody, I don't want to knock on people's work but at the same time, realise where you are, realise how hard people work to get where you are, realise how lucky you are and maybe you just want to put a little bit more effort into what you're doing.

As a fan, like yourself and myself, we all agree and every fan that watched that, even if they wanted Braun to win or whatever, was disappointed. Even if you wanted Goldberg to win, you probably didn't want him to win like that. It's one of those things. You know me, I think it was a bad call but I don't make those calls, I can only give my input, my insight and my opinion, and that's all I have.

One final question, did you ever get an answer to how much fish could Bobby Fish fry if Bobby Fish could fry fish?

No! [He laughs] Bobby Fish won't return my calls. He won't return my calls, especially after I beat him for the titles. He's still really bitter. In real life, he won't talk to me. It's awkward. No, I don't know. Funny enough, the night before I beat Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly and took those titles with stallion Pete, I had five catfish in Portland. "It's an omen! I have to win now!"

Thanks to Matt Riddle for chatting with us and to Bro Sports Marketing for facilitating the interview. You can follow Matt on Twitter here and check out Bro Sports Marketing here.

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