Matthew Fredrick Riddle is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Riddle (shortened from his former ring name Matt Riddle).
While being a professional MMA fighter from 2008 to 2014, Riddle made a name for himself by appearing on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7 and went on to hold a four-fight winning streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) before being fired upon testing positive for smoking marijuana in February 2013. He also fought for Titan FC and compiled a career record of 8-3.
In 2014, Riddle began training at the Monster Factory for a career in professional wrestling and made his actual debut in February 2015. Readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recognized him as the Rookie of the Year and Most Improved wrestler of the year in 2016. Between 2015 and 2018, he worked on the independent circuit, wrestling for promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, World Wrestling Network, Evolve, and others. He is a former Evolve Champion, WWN Champion, PWG World Tag Team Champion (with Jeff Cobb), and two-time Progress Atlas Champion.
Since 2018, Riddle has been signed to WWE in which he portrays a stereotypical carefree, barefoot surfer valley boy gimmick, during an era in which exaggerated gimmicks are rare. Riddle was originally assigned to the NXT brand, where he was a one-time NXT Tag Team Champion with Pete Dunne as 'The Broserweights', having become champions after winning the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. He was later promoted to the main roster, beginning on May 30, 2020. There, he won the United States Championship in February 2021 and the Raw Tag Team Championship both in August 2021 and March 2022. In December 2021, Riddle briefly made appearances on the NXT brand as the shaman for MSK.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Fan Expo Dallas 2022 - June 17-19, 2022 in Dallas, TX