Matt Riddle did an interview with Vicente Beltrán of ViBe & Wrestling about a wide range of topics.
During it, the WWE star joined a long list of people in the pro wrestling business to give his take on The Undertaker’s controversial comments.
The future WWE Hall of Famer made it known during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience about how he thinks today’s wrestlers are ‘soft’ compared to past generations.
“I would say to the Undertaker and everybody else, times has 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 on our right state of mind. I love my job, I show up to work and… 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 and I bet if it was he still wasn’t step up because it takes a different breath, so that’s that and he shouldn’t say certain things about the upcoming roster because we are real savages not pretend ones so he should watch out.
But I still respect him, I think just a little over sell us and 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 dummer, they abused certain things, they abused their bodies and they are all paying the price for it. Today’s wrestler were are smarter, who work smarter and if they think the took more bumps, we don’t work the same schedule you were working and you can’t say we are softer for that were more smarter and educated like the modern day athlete and we are not getting hurt that much, we 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.
So Undertaker say we are soft, I don’t think we are soft, I think we are more intelligent so we don’t get hurt and don’t put ourselves in stupid situations like bringing guns to work, so Undertaker, nothing but respect but at the end of the day respect and understand evolution regarless if it comes with man of it comes with educated in the lockerroom and realize we have evolve we are better educated and we don’t do certain things anymore, we do things right.”
Riddle also talked about his transition from UFC to wrestling, Differences between NXT, SmackDown and Raw, and much more. Check out the full interview here: