The Immortal Hulk Hogan has named Riddle as the next big thing, praising the Original Bro as the one he’d “put his money on” to break out.
Ahead of a very special ‘Legends Night’ edition of the show – where Hogan joins over 20 iconic names such as Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, Beth Phoenix and Torrie Wilson among others – the Hulkster spoke with WWE UK, and elaborated on his previous comments that Kevin Owens was the next big thing.
“Kevin Owens was an exception to the rule, you know, I was really into the NXT thing and I didn’t see any one guy there that really grinded and just thumped and thumped and stayed on it and was just vicious, and knew when to back off and when to beg and knew all the Pat Patterson tricks. Then I saw Kevin Owens and I thought ‘Wow, that’s the guy. That’s the guy. You know, he can be the next one if he’s given the opportunity.’”
Hogan revealed the other name that he sees as the next big thing – Riddle.
“Right now there’s another guy that’s stumbling into that situation. You know, acting like he doesn’t know what’s going on but he’s smart as hell. That’s the Bro, Riddle, who kicks his flip-flops off when he comes into the ring. 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. His timing is off a little bit but it’s starting to come each and every week so, I mean, he would be the next one I’d put my money on. “
Hogan would also open up about “passing the torch” – like he did at WrestleMania X8 in his match with The Rock.
“I think it’s the most important thing in this business, to maintain the artform, and to make sure that the next generation, the next decade of wrestlers, is ready. There was a time I was red hot in the 80s and all of a sudden the ’90s came and it was time to pass the torch but, it didn’t happen that way. I mean they didn’t have enough guys ready to lead at that time so, you know, we skipped a generation.
It took time to pass that torch, which should have been passed at the end of the ’80s. I mean we tried with a couple of guys, putting the belts on them and stuff, but they weren’t ready to run. They weren’t ready like John Cena, they weren’t ready like The Rock, they weren’t ready like Stone Cold. So it’s very, very important that the torch is passed in the correct way and the guys that have all this experience don’t just walk away. They stay there long enough to build the storylines, build the talent, and then pass the torch in the correct way. It’s very, very important.”
Over 20 legends have been confirmed to appear at RAW Legends Night. You can check out the full list here.
Some of your favourite WWE Legends and Hall of Famers will return for Raw ‘Legends Night’ on the first Monday Night Raw of the new year, January 4, 2021. Viewers in the UK and Ireland can watch via BT Sports 1 HD at 1am.