Matt Riddle has taken the WWE by storm since deciding to sign with the company that later saw him start training at WWE’s training facility, Performance Center, in Orlando Florida and be placed in their developmental system, NXT.
It was revealed in August at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 4 that he had signed with the WWE and made his Takeover special debut at NXT Takeover: War Games last month by beating Kassius Ohno in a quick match at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
ESPN.com recently published an article about the Performance Center where they conducted various interviews with Riddle, NXT head trainer Matt Bloom, and more athletes. Riddle talked about his journey from deciding to end his pro-MMA career and make the transition to pro wrestling. This is where he stated that he felt like he should’ve been in WWE years ago.
“I moved my family down here, I’ve got three kids and a wife, so it’s nice,” Riddle said. “I just wrestle in Florida every weekend. We occasionally do tours or TakeOvers, but for the most part, now I get to spend more time with my family. I’m more local, and it’s great. The training here is top-notch,” Riddle continued. “Where I was, I was lucky to even train three times a week, because my schedule was so insane — and I didn’t have the coaches or amenities to do [much more than that].”
“I just feel like I belong here. I felt like I belonged here three-and-a-half years ago when I had my first try out.”