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Vince McMahon really likes Matt Riddle

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Vince McMahon really likes Matt Riddle

Back in July, we reported about Vince McMahon’s fondness for Matt Riddle. Riddle told McMahon the story about why he wrestles barefoot. McMahon liked the story so much that he told him to go out and tell that story on SmackDown.

We also reported that McMahon once compared Riddle to a young Shawn Michaels. Here is what a WWE source told us in November 2019: “Vince likes guys like Shawn who have that rebel mentality and he sees some of Shawn in Matt. Matt can rub some people the wrong way but he’s a good guy and he will do great when Vince calls him up. I think he’s a future world champion. Vince will try to tweak him but his personality will get him far.”

On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer elaborated on McMahon’s thoughts on Riddle. Meltzer said, “so Vince doesn’t understand Matt Riddle’s gimmick, the bro thing or anything. But, Vince thinks that Matt Riddle is very funny in his own weird way. So Vince likes the guy. I don’t know that he wants to push him to a main event but he likes the guy on TV doing this stuff because Vince probably never saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High and doesn’t realize that he’s doing a 40-year-old character – you know, Jeff Spicolli from that movie. And probably he thinks that this is really unique and funny and everything like that and so he wants this character. He likes Matt Riddle.”

For that reason is why you can expect to see Riddle featured on Raw on most weeks.

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