February 22, 2024

Matt Riddle will return to skilled wrestling Saturday when he faces off towards Jacob Fatu at Main League Wrestling’s (MLW) Kings of Colosseum in Philadelphia.

Riddle competed in MLW till April 2018 and months later began in WWE’s NXT division. 

In WWE, he was the USA champion, RAW tag staff champion, NXT tag staff champion and a winner within the Dusty Rhodes Tag Staff Basic. 

Riddle and WWE parted methods in September, and it was introduced final month he would make his return to MLW towards Fatu.

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“I’m fairly stoked. It’s been fairly a number of years since I’ve wrestled for MLW,” he instructed Fox Information Digital in a current interview. “I keep in mind having lots of good matches with guys like Swerve (Strickland), Tom Lawlor and others. So, fairly, fairly stoked about it.

“Then, to get to wrestle Fatu in my first match again is, yeah, I’m excited. I needed to wrestle Fatu earlier than I acquired signed by WWE earlier than however now it’s occurring. Fairly pleased about it.”

Riddle stated he’s loved having the final couple of months off. He stated he didn’t actually really feel like doing something besides stress-free and caring for his household.

“The final couple months, they’ve been good. I really feel just like the final in all probability 10 years I’ve been wrestling fairly exhausting within the sense, like on the indies earlier than I went to the ‘E’ (WWE), I used to be fairly busy touring to Europe and wrestling in every single place. After which, in fact, with the ‘E,’ I used to be touring in every single place.

Matt Riddle delivers a kick in an MLW match. (MLW)

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“So, the final three months, I kinda simply had my first trip in a extremely very long time. I had a child. Just a little son, Matthew. So, it was actually preparing and kinda like a reset button. The final couple of months, I completely simply didn’t need to do something aside from work out, calm down and handle my household.

“And now that (it’s) the New 12 months and I acquired that point and every little thing else like that, I believe it’s simply time to prepare dinner once more and simply actually been specializing in that and what I need to do within the ring. I really feel like earlier than was extra of a … it’s at all times leisure, but it surely was lots of leisure earlier than. And now, I believe, the route I’m moving into, I’m going to have the ability to present the world what I can do within the ring and simply current that model of myself quite than type of a goofball on TV.”

Riddle vs Fatu promo

Matt Riddle will face Jacob Fatu at “Kings of Colosseum.” (MLW)

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Riddle’s first MLW match in almost 5 years will happen Saturday on the Kings of Colosseum on the 2300 Area at 7 p.m. ET and might be seen on Triller TV.

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