Riddle had some harsh words for Roman Reigns over his comments about “moving the needle” following the news that this year’s WWE SummerSlam was the most-viewed and highest-grossing of all time.
Riddle was speaking to Bleacher Report about the success of his tag team with Randy Orton, RK-Bro, at the event, where the pair captured the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships. The topic moved to Roman Reigns tweeting that he was “Legitimate needle moving” in response to WWE announcing the record success of this year’s SummerSlam. The ‘Original Bro’ slammed the ‘Head of the Table’, saying that while he seems like “a swell fella”, he’s not impressed by him and proceeded to claim he could beat Reigns up in a “real fight”.
“No disrespect to Roman, he seems like a swell fella, but at the same time, it’s like when people say they’re a good parent. You know what? If you were a good parent, your kids would be telling you you’re a good parent. When he’s saying ‘Acknowledge me’ or ‘I move the needle,’ no, you don’t. You’re related to The Rock. Shut up. Like, I’m not impressed, I can beat you up in a real fight. So, shut your mouth.
Riddle went on to claim that RK-Bro are the real needle movers. While he acknowledged that Reigns is “amazing at what he does”, he pointed out that the ‘Tribal Chief’ is in the position he is for a reason.
“You’re not moving needles. I’m the real stallion, RK-Bro is moving the merch, we’re moving the needle, and that’s it. I don’t want to say too much, I’m not trying to get in trouble. Hey, hats off to him. He’s amazing at what he does. I do like what he does, but at the same time, it’s like, get off your high horse. You’re in that spot for a reason. You’re not a bro. You’re second generation. I’m first generation.”
This wasn’t the first time Roman Reigns garnered attention for making claims over what “moves the needle” in wrestling. Recently, he unfavourably compared CM Punk to John Cena and The Rock, saying that he wasn’t “or as good, or as over” as them and that he hadn’t “moved the needle like The Rock”.