By his own admission Riddle hasn’t always been the most popular Superstar in the WWE locker room, something he jokingly says hasn’t changed despite his success with Randy Orton.
Alongside Randy Orton as the Raw Tag Team Champions, Riddle is delivering arguably the best work of his career to date. The former Mixed Martial Arts star signed with WWE in 2018, debuting in NXT before moving to the main roster in late 2020.
After winning and then losing the United States Championship, Riddle formed a more than unlikely team with Orton which has taken them to the top of the red brand’s tag team mountain.
Despite his success the ‘Original Bro’ has admitted that he hasn’t always been the most popular man in the locker room butting heads with the likes of Roman Reigns, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar.
Speaking in a new interview with talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy Riddle explained that his situation hasn’t changed, even considering his role alongside Orton.
“No, I think people hate me even more now that I’m with Randy,” Riddle said with a smile. “‘This son of a b*tch thinks he’s untouchable now.’ I try to tell Vince and other people, it’s part of my persona. It’s part of what makes me popular. I’m legit, I’ve fought in the UFC. Anyone can test me anytime. Everybody here knows I can throw down and I’m going to talk s**t. It’s one of those things where I can’t change that. I talk trash.
“For me, isn’t that my job? Make people care about what we’re doing and talk trash so people say, ‘Oh man, I’d watch that fight!’ Or is it real?”
During the interview, Riddle did reveal that he has cleared the air with Goldberg. He explained that after a conversation coming back from Crown Jewel and a couple of cocktails, the pair are on much better terms.
“Bill and I had a conversation. It was like ‘Bill, I’m sorry if I rubbed you the wrong way’ on the way back from Saudi Arabia. We were on the plane, had a couple of cocktails. I’m not saying we’re best friends, but we are doing way better than we were.”
On the most recent episode of Raw, Riddle teamed with Orton and The Street Profits to take on AJ Styles, Omos and The Dirty Dogs.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.