For anyone that was wondering if the Matt Riddle botch on WWE Raw was scripted, it turns out that he legitimately forgot his lines during his backstage segment with Asuka.
As you can see in the clip below, Asuka was talking about his scooter and he asked if people in Japan like scooters. Riddle then forgot the rest of his lines as Asuka looked on with a befuddled look on her face. On Raw Talk, MVP joked with Riddle about him forgetting his lines but there was speculation online that the botched line was actually scripted.
Alvarez said, “remember on Monday when Riddle was doing that thing and he forgot his line? I was debating was this real or was this a work? Because the way they do Riddle’s character, I strongly believed it was a work because how do you not know your line? The whole thing was just bizarre.”
Alvarez continued, “Well, it was a shoot! Yup, they did not tell him…I haven’t fully figured out the story yet because the story I was told actually doesn’t make a lot of sense. The story I was told was he wasn’t told it was live but [Bruce] Prichard and Vince [McMahon] saw it and they just laughed and laughed and laughed. So, if it was live you can’t redo it. So I’m wondering if what actually happened was a pretape that he screwed up but they loved the pretape so much — the point is what you saw on TV was not a plan. He was supposed to deliver his line. He had some line about the scooters in Japan. He screwed up, they howled and they thought we got to put this on TV. Nevermind the fact that it makes your promotion look like World Championship Wrestling. It’s all about entertaining themselves. It entertained Bruce, it entertained Vince and so it went on television. That’s the story on Riddle and forgetting his line. He actually forgot his line and they thought it was funny.”
That explains why Asuka seems to be caught off guard at the end of the segment. For those of you that missed it, check out the segment below:
It turns out that this was a real botch and Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard were howling with laughter at the Gorilla position pic.twitter.com/veLYsAbClv