Matthew Frederick Riddle is a 36-year-old professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist. Riddle is currently signed to the WWE and performs on RAW under the ring name, Riddle.
Riddle started wrestling in high school and was a state wrestling champion in 2004. In high school, Riddle pinned future UFC champion, Jon Jones. Riddle also wrestled for East Stroudsburg University and won many championships.
Riddle’s MMA Career
From 2008 to 2013, Riddle worked as an MMA fighter for various promotions like The Ultimate Fighter, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator FC. As an MMA fighter, he won eight matches, lost three and had two no contests.
He began training for professional wrestling in 2014 and made his debut in February 2015 at the Monster Factory in New Jersey. In July 2015, he won the Monster Factory Heavyweight Championship and in September, it was announced that he had signed with World Wrestling Network.
He continued to wrestle on the independent circuit winning Evolve’s Style Battle tournament in January 2016. Riddle also worked for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Pro Wrestling Chaos, Progress Wrestling, Keystone Pro Wrestling, Westside Xtreme Wrestling and other promotions.
Riddle’s WWE Contract & Debut
Riddle signed with WWE in July 2018 and made his debut at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV. In January 2020, he teamed with Pete Dunne and they were announced as surprise participants in the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Class tournament. Riddle and Dunne won the tournament and a match against reigning NXT tag team champions, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly, at NXT TakeOver: Portland.
In February 2020, the team of Riddle and Dunne defeated the champions to win the titles. Their reign was short-lived when Dunne was unable to travel to the US due to the COVID-19 pandemic and he chose Timothy Thatcher as his replacement. Riddle and Thatcher lost the titles to Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel (Imperium) in May.
In May 2020, WWE announced that Riddle would be moved to the main roster. He debuted on SmackDown in June 2020 and was later drafted to RAW in October 2020.
Riddle Wins United States Championship
At the end of October 2020, WWE shortened his ring name to “Riddle.” He participated on Team RAW in the men’s traditional elimination tag team match at Survivor Series where he pinned Corbin to assist in the clean sweep for Team RAW.
In December, Riddle began feuding with United States Champion, Bobby Lashley. On January 4, 2021, he defeated Lashley in a non-title match. A few weeks later at the Royal Rumble, he entered as contestant #16 and eliminated Lashley.
At the 2021 Elimination Chamber, he defeated Bobby Lashley and John Morrison in a Triple Threat match to win the WWE United States Championship, his first title on the main roster and his first singles title in WWE.
Riddle lost the WWE United States Championship at WrestleMania 37 to Sheamus. His first title reign lasted 49 days.
Riddle & Randy Orton Form RK-BRO
On the April 19 episode of Monday Night Raw, Riddle interrupted a backstage interview by Randy Orton where Riddle suggested a tag team formation. Orton dismissed Riddle’s idea and later the two faced off in a match where Riddle won with a roll-up. The following week, Orton was backstage with Riddle when he suggested the team be given a try. They named their tag team RK-Bro and defeated Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin that night. In a backstage interview afterwards, Orton suggested to Riddle they take the team “a day at a time”, thus turning Orton face for the first time since early 2020.
On the May 3 episode of RAW, Orton and Riddle defeated Elias and Jaxson Ryker. A week later, RK-Bro teamed up with The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) to defeat A.J. Styles, Omos, Elias, and Ryker in an eight-man tag team match. On the June 21 episode of RAW, Orton faced John Morrison in a Money in the Bank qualifying match, but was defeated. The following week, Orton was scheduled to face AJ Styles and Drew McIntyre in a last chance match. But for unknown reasons, Randy Orton was pulled and replaced by Riddle who would go on to lose the match.
RK-BRO Wins WWE RAW Tag Team Championships
After a seven week absence, Orton returned on the August 9th episode of RAW where he initially discontinued his team with Riddle at the beginning of the show. Later that night, Orton defeated AJ Styles in a match following assistance from Riddle and afterwards pretended to hug him. Instead, he hit him with an RKO as a sign of gratitude. The following week, Orton officially reunited the team after Riddle saved Orton from an attack at the hands of Omos and Styles. At SummerSlam, RK-Bro defeated Styles and Omos to win their first WWE Raw Tag Team Championship, both individually and as a team. At Crown Jewel, RK-Bro would retain their titles against AJ Styles and Omos.
While performing on RAW, Riddle returned to NXT on the December 7th episode. It was revealed that he was the Shaman for MSK. On the January 10, 2022 episode of RAW, RK-Bro lost the titles to Alpha Academy (Chad Gable and Otis), ending their reign at 142 days. Less than two months later, RK-Bro regained the RAW Tag Team Championships in a triple threat match against the Alpha Academy and Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens.
On the May 20th episode of SmackDown, RK-Bro lost the RAW Tag Team Championship to The Usos.SHOW LESS
Birth name: Matthew Frederick Riddle
Born: January 14, 1986, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Spouse: Lisa Rennie
Ring Name(s): Matt Riddle, Matthew Riddle
Current Roster: WWE RAW
Finishing Move(s): Arm-Trapped Elbow Strikes
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Career Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts Career:
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (1 time)
- Submission of the Night (1 time)
- High School
- State Wrestling Championship (1)
Professional Wrestling Career:
- 5 Star Wrestling
- 5 Star Tap or Snap Championship (1 time)
- Beyond Wrestling
- Tournament for Today Men (2016)
- Evolve Championship (1 time)
- Style Battle (2016)
- Hope Wrestling
- Hope 24/7 Hardcore Championship (1 time)
- IWA Mid-South
- Revolution Strong Style Tournament (2018)
- Keystone Pro Wrestling
- KPW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Monster Factory Pro Wrestling
- Monster Factory Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Progress Wrestling
- Progress Atlas Championship (2 times)
- Pro Wrestling Chaos
- King of Chaos Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
- PWG World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Scenic City Invitational
- Scenic City Invitational Tournament (2017)
- Style Battle
- Style Battle (8, 9)
- Westside Xtreme Wrestling
- Ambi(2017) WWNLive
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- NXT Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- RAW Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic (2020)