Former WWE United States Champion Riddle has credited former WWE and ECW star Blue Meanie for teaching him how to work, calling him one of the “sweetest guys” you’ll ever meet.
Riddle has been taking Monday Night RAW by storm, winning the United States Championship and finding himself with a lot of television time alongside Randy Orton. Not only has Riddle shone due to his entertainment value, though, but the former UFC fighter has had many critically-acclaimed matches since moving from NXT, particularly with hard-hitting Superstar Sheamus.
“Blue Meanie is one of my favorite people in the world. The guy’s one of the sweetest guys you’ll ever [meet]. Super knowledge and yeah, especially when it comes to the business side of wrestling, Blue Meanie, he’s been in the business, he gets it, he’s got the experience and he’s a pleasure to be around and yeah. He’s one of the guys who taught me how to work.”
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) September 28, 2021
For those unaware, since 2012, Blue Meanie has been a trainer at Monster Factory – the wrestling school which has birthed the likes of Riddle and current WWE United States Champion Damian Priest among others. Blue Meanie surprisingly never held gold of any kind during his ECW and WWE runs, but was with Extreme Championship Wrestling for three years after being noticed by Raven and paired with Stevie Richards. The pair teamed with Nova to become The bWo – a parody of the iconic nWo faction. Meanie wrestled in WWE as part of J.O.B. Squad, and as Bluedust – parodying Goldust. Meanie returned to ECW several times before returning to the independent circuit.
While Meanie has been training at the Monster Factory, he hasn’t retired in ring by any means, competing in MLW just this year, and Ring of Honor in 2020 – both in battle royals – with his last singles match being against Richard Holliday in February 2020.