RAW Tag Team Champion Riddle has admitted that his recent comments about WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns landed him in hot water backstage.
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.”
“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.”
Now speaking to the International Business Times, the Original Bro admitted that he may have made a rod for his own back behind the scenes with his comments:
“I’ll comment on that briefly. I’m not trying to rub anybody the wrong way or say anything (wrong), but I made some comments (and) I’ll say this: I think they were all factual, just so you know. Kind of like I said, (I am) kind of telling the truth here.”
“But I think, maybe, even if they were factual, they weren’t the most professional things to say, especially with me being on the Raw brand and him being on SmackDown. I’m not even in that realm of competing with the Tribal Chief. He’s on another level at this moment. I think maybe I got a little too big for my britches, you know what I mean?
“Maybe I got a little backstage heat. Maybe a tiny bit. Unfortunately, I said some things that some people may not have liked and I’m not going to mention names, but they didn’t like it. I won’t say it again. I get it. Right now, all hail the Tribal Chief. Good for Roman. Acknowledge him. Everybody, acknowledge him, okay? That’s all I’m saying.”