WWE Superstar Matt Riddle Takes Subtle Shot at Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield

Published 10/03/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


The fans love the feeling of nostalgia for their sports. The same happens with ‘fight fans’ from pro-wrestling to boxing, the fans love to see their old heroes lace up their boots again and get inside the ring or the octagon. However, it looks like one-half of the WWE Raw Tag Team Champion, Matt Riddle is not amused by seeing the legendary Evander Holyfield getting back inside the boxing ring.

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The 58-year-old ex-champ, Evander Holyfield made his boxing comeback against Vitor Belfort. However, things didn’t go as planned for Holyfield as he suffered a crushing defeat in the first round.

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‘The Original Bro’ Matt Riddle recently appeared on ‘After The Bell‘ podcast where he talked about the old-timers making their way back and “stealing” the spotlight.

Matt Riddle is not too impressed by Evander Holyfield

During the podcast, Riddle made a valid point of the old-timers coming for an exhibition fight and steal the spotlight from an upcoming fighter.

“It kind of stinks for the up-and-coming fighters because now it’s just so much going on but the focus isn’t on the up-and-coming stars. It’s more like more trash-talking, celebrities, older fighters.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 9: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fight for the WBA Heavyweight title at the MGM Grand Garden on November 9, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holyfield won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

However, it seems like Riddle has mixed feelings for these fights; eventually, he confessed that as long as the fighters are able to sell tickets it’s fine.

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“But at the same time, I love it. If people can go out and make money fighting and do this and do that and they can sell more tickets. We can get more eyes on combat sports. I’m entertained.” Riddle said.

Riddle is currently enjoying his current reign as the WWE Raw Tag Team champion alongside Randy Orton. However, he is afraid to let go of Randy Orton because of the WWE Drafts.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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