Matt Riddle‘s WWE contract is reportedly up next August. According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Matt Riddle is negotiating a new contract that would keep the 34-year-old with WWE for years to come.
“WWE is working on locking down Riddle, whose contract is up in August,” wrote Dave Meltzer. “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.”
Meltzer would continue to write that Vince McMahon finds Matt Riddle’s vignettes hilarious, though he doesn’t really get the “Bro gimmick” at this time.
Matt Riddle in WWE
Matt Riddle signed with WWE in 2018, 4 years into his career as a wrestler. He began professional wrestling training at the Monster Factory in 2014. Prior to that, Riddle was a an MMA fighter. Most notably, he would fight for UFC. Riddle’s fight career was only derailed due to multiple victories being overturned as a result of testing positive for marijuana.
Matt Riddle‘s first WWE appearance came at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn during SummerSlam 2018 weekend. Riddle is also a former NXT tag-team champion along with Pete Dunne. The “Broserweights” won the Dusty Rhodes Classic earlier this year and then went on to win the tag belts.
Kurt Angle then announced that Riddle would be joining the WWE main roster. Riddle made his Smackdown debut back in May 2020. He was drafted to Raw in October.
Matt Riddle Had Heat
Matt Riddle‘s transition to the WWE main roster has not been entirely smooth. Shortly after joining the SmackDown brand, there were reports that he had heat with some people backstage. Riddle confirmed to Sportskeeda that the atmosphere was catty.
“To answer your question, yes, some people I have heat with,” he said. “But most of it’s just high school, catty, ‘He said this’, people who just can’t take a joke or a work… I was in headquarters talking to Vince McMahon – and, yeah, we mentioned the heat I have with certain people but, at the end of the day, he signs the checks, he makes it happen for me and they’re in control, not the talent.”