The Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently reported that Matt Riddle‘s WWE contract was set to expire in August 2021. WWE has been courting Riddle in hopes of locking him in longterm. Dave Meltzer, wrote, “It’s said he’s pretty much agreed to terms for a three-year deal at $400,000 per year guaranteed plus $50,000 for every show in Saudi Arabia.”
Fightful Select has provided an update on Matt Riddle‘s negotiations. Riddle reportedly turned down the original offer, despite the guaranteed salary. WWE made a counter offer, which Riddle agreed to. The contract was signed last week.
Matt Riddle in WWE
Riddle joined WWE during the summer of 2018. His first on-screen appearance took place at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV. He was shown at ringside during the event in the same manner WWE has shown off other high-profile talent acquisitions. He wrestled on the NXT brand from October 2018 through May 2020.
He joined WWE‘s SmackDown brand for a few months before getting moved to Raw during October’s Superstar Draft. Riddle currently teams with Jeff Hardy. WWE recently filed to trademark the name, Hardy Bros, which indicates they have plans for this team to remained paired together for the foreseeable future.
WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan recently praised Matt Riddle. During an intro with Metro UK, Hogan said of Riddle, “I’ve been watching him and he’s really got good instincts. He’s really got a good aptitude for understanding what needs to be done, you know. It’s all about instincts and timing.”