Riddle has hilariously opened up on how he accidentally launched his flip flops off an elderly woman’s face during his time in NXT.
‘The Original Bro’ has regularly made his entrance while wearing a pair of flip flops, launching them off his feet before he wrestles. During his tenure in the then-black-and-gold brand, however, things didn’t quite go to plan.
As he discussed on the OutKick 360 podcast, Riddle revealed how an elderly woman’s glasses were broken when his flip flops connected with her face:
“One time, this was back when I was still in NXT. We were doing a house show, so the guard rails are a little closer to the ring. I kicked off the flops, and usually they go over the top rope and float down, but for some reason, the left foot flew off sooner and it kind of darted out the bottom rope and middle rope, in between them.
There was an elderly woman sitting front row and it cracked her right in the face and broke her glasses. I felt so bad because she couldn’t see the match and I broke her glasses.”
Riddle signed with WWE in the summer of 2018, having grown as one of the hottest indie stars of the time. Remaining undefeated until the following March, the former UFC fighter captured the NXT Tag Team Championships alongside Pete Dunne before transitioning to the main roster in June 2020.
It was most recently announced that Riddle’s scheduled SummerSlam encounter with Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins has been postponed following the RK-Bro man suffering what was described as a “brachial plexus injury”. A further report noted that Clash At The Castle is now the target destination for the pair, with Riddle’s injury allegedly being kayfabe.
He was written off programming for the time being following Rollins’ attack on Monday’s edition of Monday Night Raw.