Matt Riddle recently did an interview with TalkSport.com to talk about his Royal Rumble appearance and the encounter that he had with Brock Lesnar backstage at the event.
At the time, it was reported that they passed each other while walking backstage and a tense encounter ensued. It was noted that Lesnar saw Riddle and wanted him to know the reality of the situation between them.
Riddle recalled being told about the appearance and how he had thoughts about what would happen if he got the chance to be in the ring with Lesnar.
“Then, of course, [Paul] Heyman and his security guard – I won’t mention his name [laughs] – him and his security guard come up to me and basically told me I had no chance in hell – it was very Vince McMahon like [laughs] – no chance in hell that I was going to get that match with him and I’d have better luck doing something else.”
Riddle admitted that he was disappointed when he was told that because he got this far and knew it wouldn’t happen.
He added that “You’re literally holding me like this [tightly]. Like, he’s holding me like we’re friends but we’re not. And then he [Lesnar] tells me ‘it’s never going to happen.’”
Riddle noted that he was just heartbroken like when a girl turns you down on a date but doesn’t mean give up completely. He stated that he went back to the drawing board and thought that he came on a little too strong this time.
He now looks at it differently and might try another way to convince Lesnar.
Riddle noted how he’s stopped calling out top guys now that he’s on the main roster and realizing that these guys only really work off one thing and it’s money. Thus, he knows that he needs to become more valuable and draw enough money to get into the ring with them.