The former WWE United States Champion took to social media on Friday evening to announce his departure. This was in wake of mass talent releases this week following the WWE-UFC merger to form TKO.
Riddle wrote, “Just wanted to inform everyone that I’m no longer with WWE. Thank you for the memories and opportunities also thank you to all the fans for the support and love you give me every time I go out to the ring. See you all soon.”
Riddle signed with WWE in 2018 and started off on the NXT brand where he won the NXT Tag Team Championship alongside Pete Dunne (Butch). He then moved to SmackDown in 2020 and went on to become a one-time United States Champion and a two-time Raw Tag Team Champion alongside Randy Orton.
The 37-year-old faced plenty of controversy throughout his WWE tenure including sexual assault accusations from independent wrestler Candy Cartwright. Most recently, he alleged that he was sexually assaulted by a Port Authority police officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The incident led to an internal investigation being launched.
Riddle’s last televised appearance was on the September 4 episode of WWE RAW as he was in the midst of a tag team storyline with Drew McIntyre.
Details On Matt Riddle’s WWE Exit
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reported more details regarding Matt Riddle’s departure. He noted that Riddle was not backstage recently. Per Sapp, contrary to prior rumors, Riddle was not planned for WWE RAW on September 18.
Sapp noted that that Riddle was taken off the road following the airport incident; per sources, he was never planned for a return, as he was not factored into immediate plans. One WWE higher-up who said that Riddle burned through too many chances while in WWE.
WrestleZone will provide more information as it becomes available.