Prior to the men’s Royal Rumble matchup on Sunday, a story surfaced claiming that WWE champion Brock Lesnar and NXT superstar Matt Riddle got into a backstage verbal altercation that was referred to as a tense stand-off. Riddle was supposedly punished for this action by having a very short showing in the Rumble matchup.
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Now according to Talk Sport, more details of the incident have emerged. WWE officials on-site stated that Lesnar approached Riddle backstage, grabbed his shoulder so that he would get his attention and stated, “Kid, you might as well stop saying my name and tagging me in sh*t because you and I will never work together. Ever.” Reports are that Riddle remained his usual cool self during the exchange, with tensions never raising particularly high. He did try talking with Lesnar, but the Beast said what he had to say and kept it moving.
Riddle’s performance in the Rumble was also NOT a punishment, and him getting tossed by Baron Corbin early on was how things were normally scripted to go down. The Wrestling Observer noted that Riddle’s short stint was due to having heat, but it’s not certain if that heat was from Lesnar, nor is it confirmed.
We’ll keep you updated.
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