Dana White couldn’t bury me so I don’t think WWE or Vince McMahon will, says Matt Riddle ahead of SmackDown debut – The Sun

MATT RIDDLE has moved to stop fans worrying over his future as he prepares for his SmackDown debut.

The former UFC fighter, 34, left MMA to become a professional wrestler in 2014 and joined WWE’s NXT roster two years ago.

After starring on the Triple H-ran show, he will be stepping onto the blue brand in the coming weeks.

However, many of the WWE Universe feel NXT superstars get ruined when they move to either Raw or SmackDown under the guidance of Vince McMahon.

But Riddle is not worried in the slightest, telling Daily Star: "I hear people say 'Oh, he's just gonna get buried!', but I'll tell you this, nobody has been able to bury me yet, and that includes Dana White – so I doubt WWE is going to bury me.

“They've given me everything I could ask for, so right now if anyone is going to bury me it'll be me burying myself and that's not going to happen – I won't do that.

“So, I honestly love the transition – this is going to be amazing, and it's just going to be the beginning of a very bright future.”

Riddle’s last appearance on NXT was a losing effort in a brutal Fight Pit match against Timothy Thatcher last week.

And he says it evoked plenty of memories for him with the Covid-19 outbreak preventing any fans from being in attendance.

He added: "The transition, when you have a live crowd and we're always moving [venues] can be a little more difficult, but right now, because of the situation we're all in, it's kind of easier.

“I go to one building, I know who I'm working with. “I was on the Ultimate Fighter so I'm used to fighting in front of zero fans.. and spilling blood. So this is no different for me, this is something I'm used to.

“Usually, when they bring you over, you're waiting for that crowd reaction, but I'm getting that at-home reaction, I'm hoping!”

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