“He Thought His Time Was Tougher”- Matt Riddle Reacts to Undertaker’s Recent Controversial Comments About the Current WWE Product

Published 02/21/2021, 1:01 PM EST


The current crop of WWE Superstars has viewed the comments made by The Undertaker as quite controversial. WWE’s Phenom claimed the current product is ‘soft’, while stating he liked the era when ‘men were men’. These comments have been analyzed, and some have agreed while many have disagreed. Matt Riddle is one of those who disagree with the ‘Deadman.’

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Matt Riddle responds to the Undertaker

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A former UFC fighter, Matt Riddle is one of WWE’s hardest hitting wrestlers. The former NXT Tag Team Champion has given the best a run for their money.
He has called out Brock Lesnar openly and ridiculed Goldberg publicly, making him the most outspoken Superstar on the roster.
In an interview with Vibe & Wrestling, the Raw superstar responded to the Undertaker‘s controversial comments.
“I would say to the Undertaker and everybody else, times have changed. The human race and everyone is evolving and yes we don’t carry knives and guns to work because we have metal detectors to keep us safe so people don’t do that. We have a wellness policy where we are all getting tested regularly so we are safe and in our right state of mind.”
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PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 8: Matthew Riddle (black/green shorts) def. Dan Cramer (blue shorts) – Unanimous Decision during UFC 101 at Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Riddle said that Taker is underestimating the current crop of superstars. He openly stated that the Deadman should ‘watch out’.
“I am a former professional UFC fighter that broke people’s jaws on a steel cage, something that wasn’t around when he was a young man. I bet if it was, he still wouldn’t step up because it takes a different breath, so that’s that. He shouldn’t say certain things about the upcoming roster because we are real savages, not pretend ones, so he should watch out.”

The former UFC star still respects Undertaker

Despite the comments, Riddle still respects the WWE legend. However, his comments about the lifestyle of WWE’s legends might be a bit incendiary.
“But I still respect him… I don’t think he wanted to be mean, I just think he thought his time was tougher and I would say this, when he worked times weren’t tougher. They weren’t smart either, and they were dumber, they abused certain things, they abused their bodies and they are all paying the price for it.”

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He went further to talk about the difference in diets, training and preparation for matches and lifestyle. While respecting the lifestyle of the old guard, Riddle believes the current lifestyle of WWE Superstars is better.
“We’re more smarter and educated, like the modern day athlete, and we are not getting hurt that much. We’re training smart, we eat healthier and we do things better because people in the past made so many mistakes that we learnt from them and now we don’t make those same mistakes anymore.”

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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