Current Raw Tag Team Champion Riddle has discussed his entrance at Crown Jewel and how Randy Orton was banned from riding a camel by Vince McMahon.
At Crown Jewel in October, Riddle and Randy Orton put their Raw Tag Team Championship on the line against AJ Styles and Omos. The Original Bro ingratiated himself to the Saudi Arabian crowd by riding a camel to the ring as part of his entrance.
Speaking to Alistair McGeorge of Metro Riddle revealed that his tag team partner was left out of the camel-riding fun by Vince McMahon:
“The camel was a good time! I highly recommend if you haven’t ridden a camel, get yourself a camel, get yourself the opportunity to ride one. Especially if you get the opportunity to ride one in Saudi, embrace the culture there and everything else – and the fans loved it.”
“I’ll be honest – I loved it. You know who wasn’t happy about it though because they didn’t get to ride a camel either? Randy. Randy wanted to ride a camel and Vince wouldn’t let him. He goes, ‘Randy, that’s not your character, riding a camel.’ He’s like, ‘What does that mean man?! My character doesn’t ride a camel?!’ I’m like, ‘Randy, I’m sorry bro, sometimes you’re just not the dude that rides camels.”
Riddle added that he has no idea whose idea it was for him to ride a camel and he was called in for rehearsals fairly late on:
“I have no idea who pitched it. All I know is that the morning of the show, seven o’clock in the morning, I was jetlagged so I didn’t get any sleep that night and I was still awake. I get a call and they’re like, ‘We need you at the show early to rehearse and stuff.'”
“I’m like, ‘Rehearse what?’ They go, ‘Rehearse riding a camel.’ I was like, ‘A real camel!’ They’re like, ‘Yeah!’ So, that’s what happened – it was great, I enjoyed it. The camel was great too.”