ProWrestling.com’s own Doug Enriquez recently caught up with former UFC star and indie wrestling darling Matt Riddle. With the year coming to an end, the “King of Bros” discussed his goals for 2018, speculated on championships that he’d like to win, and even explained why a jump to WWE isn’t on his to-do list right now.
Riddle noted that while he’s had conversations with a few major companies in the industry, he’s currently very happy with his position traveling the world as an indie wrestler.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people and talked to companies. The way I want to work and my style, I could work anywhere for the most part, but I really like the indies. When people make movies you can go to Paramount, or you can be a big-time producer and make big-time movies, but you’re going to have a lot of input from a lot of people. They’re going to tell you how to do your job. On the indies I tell myself how to do my job.”
The former middleweight MMA fighter-turned-pro wrestler has carved his own path since debuting at the world famous Monster Factory in 2015, and believes he has a clear advantage over those who have opted to sign with bigger companies like WWE or Impact Wrestling.
“I know what works, or maybe I don’t know what works, but I do it myself. Nobody’s telling me how to wrestle or do my job. I might get ideas or bullet points, but nobody tells me how to bump, or how to feed, or how to do anything. I work the way I want to work. That’s what everybody on the indies has above everybody else; we have that freedom, they don’t.”
Still, Riddle hasn’t ruled out a future career in WWE once he’s accomplished his goals on the indies, with a run in New Japan Pro Wrestling currently at the very top of his list.
“At the moment I like my freedom. I like having control over the art. At least for the time being I don’t see [the need]for me to go to a bigger company. [WWE is] a great program, but at the same time the format is a little different, a little more structured. I think at this point of my career, I don’t think it’d be a great fit for me. Maybe a year from now, six months from now possibly, but at this moment I really enjoy having the freedom of doing what I want to do, and really being able to express myself the way I want.”
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