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PWTorch learned last month that former UFC fighter Matthew Riddle is signed to a WWE Developmental deal.
However, Riddle is making his pro wrestling debut with WWNLive’s EVOLVE brand later this month.
Riddle confirmed the arrangement in an interview this week.
“I did a tryout with the WWE. The tryout went extremely well; as well as it could,” Riddle said, confirming what we heard that he impressed WWE officials at the tryout.
“WWE was nice enough to set me up with EVOLVE and wrestle with them. It’s a process. From what I see it’s on the right track. It’s not like the transition I had with the UFC.”
Without mentioning Riddle by name, Triple H hinted at this arrangement with EVOLVE during his media conference call earlier in the week.
“I think they are one of the sounder promotions,” Hunter said. “I support them. I support their shows. A lot of our talent have come through there through the years. Everyone speaks highly of their process and of Gabe (Sapolsky). Do I support them? Do I see them as a feeder for us? If I had somebody who I did not have room for here at the Performance Center, would I send them to Gabe? Absolutely. I think they are a very important part of the business.”
Riddle now has the opportunity to get wrestling experience away from an NXT ring and continue to get better before making a full-fledged NXT debut.
[ LINK: Interview HERE ]