Matt Riddle


Matt Riddle was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States on January 14th, 1986 and is the Wrestler. At the age of 38, Matt Riddle biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Matthew Fredrick Riddle, Matt
Date of Birth
January 14, 1986
United States
Place of Birth
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
38 years old
Zodiac Sign
Mixed Martial Artist, Professional Wrestler
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Matt Riddle Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 38 years old, Matt Riddle has this physical status:

Hair Color
Light Brown
Eye Color
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Matt Riddle Religion, Education, and Hobbies
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Saratoga Springs High School, East Stroudsburg University
Matt Riddle Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Lisa Rennie
Dating / Affair
Lisa Rennie (2011-Present)
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Matt Riddle Life

Matthew Fredrick Riddle (born January 14, 1986) is an American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, best known by the ring name Matt Riddle.

He has joined WWE, where he appears on the NXT brand.

He appeared at the Monster Factory before his debut.

Riddle, a professional MMA fighter from 2008 to 2014, made a name for himself by appearing on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7's seven-fight winning streak before being suspended in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in February 2013.

He has also competed for Bellator MMA and Titan FC, and he has a record of 8-3-2. Riddle began training in 2014 for a career in professional wrestling, making his debut in February 2015.

He was named as the year's best wrestler and Most Improved wrestler of the year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 2016.

Riddle competed for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in California, The World Wrestling Network, Evolve on a regular basis, and several other smaller markets between 2015 and 2018.

Riddle was one-half of the World Tag Team Champions with partner Jeff Cobb (as The Chozen Bros), as well as a former Evolve champion, WWN champion, and two-time Progress Atlas champion.

Early life

Matthew Fredrick Riddle was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on January 14, 1986. He later moved to Saratoga Springs, New York, where he attended Saratoga Springs High School and was a state wrestling champion in 2004. Jon Jones, the future UFC champion, was pinned during his high school career. He later attended East Stroudsburg University, where he was a member of the team for two years and gained numerous championships. Riddle lost his wrestling scholarship and began his MMA training after his head coach was fired and began his transition into MMA.

Personal life

In 2011, Riddle married Lisa Rennie. They have two fraternal twin daughters and a son. Rennie and Rennie divorced on October 11, 2021, and Rennie accused Riddle of walking out of their family's house in an Instagram post. In March 2022, Riddle and Rennie were divorced.

Riddle was accused of sexually assaulting female independent wrestler Candy Cartwright in the summer of 2020. Cartwright claims that Riddle begged him to have sex with him after an independent show in May 2018, and when Riddle refused Riddle's offer, she says Riddle choked her and coerced her to give him oral sex. WWE released a statement claiming they were investigating the incident; Riddle denied it straight away in a video posted to his Twitter page. Riddle claimed he had an affair with Cartwright, but their sexual relations were purely consensual.

Riddle later applied for a restraining order against Cartwright, alleging that she harassed, stalked, and threatened his life both in person and online. Riddle's petition for a restraining order was denied in September 2020. Cartwright filed a lawsuit against Riddle, WWE, and Evolve president Gabe Sapolsky after the incident on October 8, 2020. The court dismissed WWE and Sapolsky as defendants in the lawsuit in March 2021, saying that their connection to the allegations could not be established. Cartwright dropped the case on July 13, 2021.


Matt Riddle Career

Mixed martial arts career

In amateur MMA, Riddle is 1–0. He worked as a roofer and studied in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the evenings during his time in this field. Riddle credits BJ Penn's book Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge with helping him learn about his early days in MMA.

Riddle then defeated Dan Simmler, Matt Serra's understudy, to gain access to the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) house. In the first seconds of the second round, Riddle knocked Simmler out of the game and struck him three times in the chest after losing consciousness and breaking Simmler's jaw into two separate places. Riddle was ranked second overall for Team Rampage. Riddle was given the nickname Chipper after Rampage noticed him always smiling during his time on show.

Tim Credeur was Riddle's second match against Riddle. Credeur defeated Riddle in the second round, putting him out of the tournament. Credeur bought Riddle an Xbox 360 with his money after the war.

Riddle made his UFC debut on June 21, 2008, defeating fellow Ultimate Fighter castmate Dante Rivera by a unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27). Riddle was seen multiple times on The Ultimate Fighter 7 arguing with the older and more experienced Rivera. Dante has stated that if Riddle defeated him on more than one occasion, he would resign.

Riddle had been scheduled to fight Ryan Thomas at UFC 91, but Riddle was forced to leave the match and was pinned due to a knee injury. The knee injury recovery was expected to take about 6 to 8 weeks.

Riddle fought and defeated Steve Bruno in a unanimous decision on UFC Fight Night (29–28, 29–28, 28–28): Lauzon vs. Stephens, during his recovery.

Riddle defeated Dan Cramer, one of his former Ultimate Fighter 7 co-stars, in his third fight, a unanimous decision on UFC 101's undercard.

Nick Osipczak, a UFC 105 graduate, appeared at UFC 105 on November 14, 2009. The combat took place in Osipczak's home country, England. In the third round, Riddle lost by TKO.

Riddle faced newcomer Greg Soto at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010 after losing to Osipczak. Soto landed an illegal upkick to Riddle's head in the third round, leaving him unable to proceed, giving Riddle the victory by disqualification.

Riddle took on DaMarques Johnson at UFC on Versus 2. After Johnson weighed in at 172 pounds, Riddle would win the tournament by TKO due to punches near the end of the second round.

Riddle was supposed to face TJ Waldburger at UFC 124 on December 11, 2010. Waldburger was eventually forced from the card due to an illness and was replaced by newcomer Sean Pierson. Pierson defeated Riddle by unanimous vote (30–27, 30–27, 27–27), and president Dana White dubbed the match as the Night's Fight of the Night.

On March 3, 2011, Riddle was supposed to face Ultimate Fighter castmate Matt Brown, replacing an injured Mark Scanlon. Riddle was also wounded, resulting in the Brown fight being pulled completely from the agenda.

Riddle was supposed to face T. J. On Versus 4, a grant was granted on June 26, 2011. Riddle, on the other hand, was forced from the game due to an injury and replaced by Charlie Brenneman.

Lance Benoist, a undefeated welterweight, made his Octagon debut on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger. He lost the fight by unanimous vote in a contest that had earned Fight of the Night awards.

At UFC 141 on December 30, 2011, Riddle was supposed to face Luis Ramos. However, the confrontation was called off as Riddle became sick and was only able to pull out moments before the fight began.

Riddle was scheduled to face Jorge Lopez at UFC 143 on February 4, 2012, after he was forced to return to Amir Sadollah after being injured. However, Lopez was eventually forced out of the competition and replaced by newcomer Henry Martinez. Riddle was deemed to have won the fight by a split decision.

Riddle and Ramos' match was postponed until June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4. Riddle, on the other hand, was forced to withdraw from the match due to another injury, and Matt Brown was brought to the rescue.

On short notice, Riddle stepped in for Siyar Bahadurzada to face Chris Clements at UFC 149. Riddle won the match after defeating Clements in a standing arm-triangle choke, causing him to withdraw at 2:02 in the third round. Riddle received a $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus. This was also his first submission victory of his professional career. Riddle had failed his post-fight drug test, which resulted in a positive result for marijuana. Riddle was fined and suspended for 90 days, retroactive to July 21, 2012. His victory over Clements was turned into a no contest.

Riddle was scheduled to face Besam Yousef at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012, when he was replaced by an injured Stephen Thompson. However, Yousef was forced to leave due to a strain and replaced by John Maguire. Riddle was voted unanimously over Maguire.

On February 16, 2013, Riddle faced Che Mills at UFC on Fuel TV: Baro vs. McDonald vs. McDonald. Riddle won by a split decision over Mills. Riddle declared positive for marijuana on February 26, 2013. This was his second failed drug test in less than a year, and Riddle was suspended from the service shortly after. He had finished his UFC career with a record of 10–3 victories in consecutive years (89.3%) and 8th for total strike lands (139).

Riddle signed a multi-fight contract with Legacy Fighting Championships, Texas-based promotion shortly after being disqualified from the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). However, Riddle had earlier announced that after his Legacy contract had been purchased by the organization, it was instead inserted into the Bellator MMA roster. Riddle was supposed to participate in the Bellator's welterweight tournament for their ninth season, which will begin in the Fall of 2013. Riddle, however, fractured his ribs and was forced to pull out of the tournament, and subsequently pulled out of the tournament due to financial reasons. Riddle came out of retirement just weeks before and was set to face Bellator 109. Riddle was forced to leave the fight and was later released.

In the co-main event of Titan FC 27, Riddle defeated fellow UFC fighter Michael Kuiper on February 28, 2014. Riddle choked Riddle in the second round of the guillotine choke.

On August 22, 2014, Riddle was supposed to face MMA legend Jose Landi-Jons for the vacant Worlderweight Championship at Titan FC 29. However, Landi-Jons was forced out of the game due to visa problems, and Ben Saunders was brought to the fight by UFC veteran Ben Saunders. Riddle, however, was forced to miss the match due to injury and was recalled by Jose Landi-Jons, the man he was supposed to face.

Professional wrestling career

Riddle was announced on October 29, 2014, that he was working towards a career in professional wrestling. Riddle made his professional wrestling debut at the Monster Factory in Paulsboro, New Jersey, on February 7, 2015. He was crowned with the Monster Factory Heavyweight Championship in July 2015. Riddle had signed with the World Wrestling Network (WWN) on September 15, 2015, to cover the October Evolve events. Riddle later admitted he had been involved in a WWE tryout, which led to them arranging the booking with Evolve. Riddle claimed Evolve's Style Battle tournament on January 24, 2016. Riddle had signed a deal with Evolve's parent company WWN, according to the paper on April 8. Riddle made his Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) debut on September 3, 2016, defeating Kyle O'Reilly in his first round match. Riddle lost in October 2016 to Cody Rhodes at the New York promotion House of Glory's show titled Unbreakable in a losing effort.

Riddle beat Rampage Brown in the Progress Atlas Championship on January 15, 2017. On January 21, Riddle debuted for Revolution Pro Wrestling, losing to Katsuyori Shibata for the British Heavyweight Championship. Riddle met David Starr in an inter-promotional match against the Premier Wrestling Championship in CZW 18, with Riddle defending Progress Wrestling's Atlas Championship and Starr defending the wXw's Shotgun Championship. The game resulted in a double disqualification, and no one in the competition changed hands. Riddle defeated five other men on April 1 to become the inaugural WWN Champion. Riddle The Scenic City Invitational Tournament was held on August 5th. The Lucha Brothers, as represented collectively as "The Chosen Bros," defeated the Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix and Penta el Zero M) in the PWG World Tag Team Championship on October 20, 2010. They held the titles until April 20, 2018, when they lost them to The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz and Dezmond Xavier).

Riddle defeated Zack Sabre Jr. 102 to win the Evolve Championship on April 5, 2018. Riddle lost the Evolve Championship to Shane Strickland at Evolve 108 on August 4, 2007.

Riddle had signed a WWE deal on July 31, 2018. Uproxx revealed it on July 31, 2018. Riddle appeared at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV on August 18, and was branded as WWE's newest signing by the event's commentators.

When Riddle defeated Luke Menzies on October 31, he made his NXT debut on October 31. On the pre-show of NXT TakeOver: WarGames II, Kassius Ohno interrupted a Riddle interview. Riddle challenged Ohno to a match and defeated him in 6 seconds, the fastest match in NXT history. Riddle and Ohno were rematch at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, where Riddle forced Ohno to submit with a series of elbow strikes to the head. Arrival: Matt Riddle, WWE Network's latest documentary about his wrestling career and aspiration to NXT.

Riddle will begin a feud with the NXT North American Champion, Velveteen Dream, throughout March. The NXT North American Championship was defeated by Velveteen Dream in New York on April 5, but Riddle was unsuccessful, snapping his undefeated streak in NXT. Riddle and the returning Killian Dain in July reignited a feud. Riddle had been supposed to face Dain on August 7 on NXT, but they didn't happen because they brawled before the match happened. At NXT Takeover: Toronto, the two brawls eventually met together on the August 21 episode of NXT, where Dain was victorious, but Riddle attacked Dain after the match. Riddle fought Dain in a Street Fight match on the USA Network on September 18, but the bout came to a no contest. Riddle again competed with Dain in a Street Fight a week later, but this time Riddle is the top contender for the NXT Championship, which Riddle won by submission. Riddle unsuccessfully challenged NXT Champion Adam Cole on NXT's second episode on October 2nd.

Riddle and Keith Lee, two of the many NXT wrestlers to invade the show on November 1, confronting and eventually attacking Sami Zayn. Riddle joined Triple H and the remainder of the NXT roster on Thursday night, pledging to capture the Survivor Series brand war. Riddle will begin feuding with Finn Bálor in November. Finn Bálor blasted the NXT roster as "all boys who can't take a beating," specifically referring to Johnny Gargano and Matt Riddle on the NXT show. Riddle sacked Bálor, who retreated. Riddle was originally a member of Team Ciampa for NXT Takeover: Wargames, but Riddle was kicked off Team Ciampa due to Riddle's match against Bálor at Wargames on Nov. 13. Riddle was a part of Team NXT during the match Riddle eliminated Randy Orton with a roll-up pin before being laid out with an RKO that caused him to be ruled out by King Corbin the next night. Riddle was in the Royal Rumble match at the namesake pay-per-view and ranked at #23, but Corbin took the lead in 41 seconds.

The participants of the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic were revealed on January 10, 2020, with Riddle and Pete Dunne as surprise participants; later, the BroserWeights, a portmanteau of Riddle's "Original Bro" nickname and Dunne's "Bruiserweight" nickname, and Dunne's "Bruiserweight" nickname, would be revealed. Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel of Imperium, as well as Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster in the first round of the NXT Tag Team Championship in Portland on January 15, The Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake and Zack Gibson) defeated the tournament on January 29 to win the tournament and advance to a match against Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly of The Undisputed Age. Riddle and Dunne won the championship on February 16, beating Fish and O'Reilly for their first championship victory in WWE. When Dunne was unable to travel to the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he selected Timothy Thatcher as his replacement for Riddle's partner. On the May 13 episode of NXT, Riddle and Thatcher would lose the titles against Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel). Riddle lost to Thatcher by technical submission on May 27 episode of NXT Riddle and Thatcher. Kurt Angle, a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, fought in a Fight Pit match. This will be Riddle's last match in NXT.

Kurt Angle announced that Riddle would be moving to the SmackDown brand on May 29, 2020. Riddle interrupted Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles before defeating Styles in a non-title match on June 19 on SmackDown's June 19 episode. On the 17th episode of SmackDown, where he lost to Styles, Riddle had a chance to see the title. King Corbin had him beaten after the match. Riddle defeated Corbin in a match at Payback, which culminated in a match at Payback. On the September 25 episode of SmackDown, he lost to Corbin, putting an end to their feud. Riddle was introduced to the Raw brand in October as part of the 2020 Draft. For unknown reasons, Riddle's ring name was changed to Riddle on October 29. In the men's classic elimination tag team match at the Survivor Series, Riddle will face Corbin on a clean sweep for Raw.

Riddle will embark on a feud with United States Champion Bobby Lashley in December. Riddle defeated Lashley in a non-title match on January 4, 2021, and the following week, the team will face the championship but did not win the title. Riddle defeated The Hurt Business (Cedric Alexander, MVP, and Shelton Benjamin) in a gauntlet match on January 25, giving him another title against Lashley. Riddle landed at number 16 and helped eliminate Lashley, before being eliminated by Seth Rollins. Riddle played his title game on Raw the night after, defeating Lashley by disqualification but not winning the tournament.

Riddle defeated Lashley and John Morrison in a triple threat match to win the United States Championship on February 21 and his first singles title in WWE history. On Night 2 of WrestleMania 37, he lost the championship to Sheamus, snapping his reign at 49 days.

Riddle would interrupt a backstage interview with Randy Orton where Riddle suggested a tag team creation, with Orton dismissing the possibility by leaving. Later in the night between Orton and Riddle, Riddle won with a roll-up. Orton suggested the team be given a try the following week; in a backstage interview afterwards, Orton suggested to Riddle that the team be headed "a day at a time," the team's new owner named RK-Bro defeated Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin, turning Orton into a face for the first time since early 2020.

Orton returned to Raw on August 9, where he had initially dropped his team with Riddle at the beginning of the show. Orton defeated AJ Styles in a match after Riddle's assistance and later pretended to hug him but instead struck him with an RKO as a mark of gratitude. Orton officially reunited the team this week following Riddle's rescue of Orton from an attack by Omos and Styles. RK-Bro defeated Styles and Omos to win their first WWE Raw Tag Team Championship, both individually and as a team at SummerSlam. RK-Bro will keep their titles against AJ Styles and Omos at Crown Jewel. Riddle appeared on Raw on December 7, revealing himself as the Shaman for MSK. They defeated Imperium (Walter, Fabian Aichner, and Marcel Barthel) in a six-man tag team match at New Year's Evil. RK-Bro and Montez Ford kept their titles against The Street Profits on Day 1 (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford).

Raw, RK-Bro lost the titles to Alpha Academy on January 10, 2022 (Chad Gable and Otis), putting the show's reign to an end at 142 days. At the namesake event, Riddle competed in the Royal Rumble match before being disqualified by eventual winner Brock Lesnar. Riddle later competed in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match at the namesake event, where he was defeated by Brock Lesnar, who won the tournament. RK-Bro defeated Alpha Academy and Seth "Freakin" Rollins in a triple threat tag team match on March 7 in a second Raw Tag Team Championship. They went on to win the titles at WrestleMania 38 in another triple threat tag team match against Alpha Academy and The Street Profits. The Usos, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, will face RK-Bro in a tag team championship unification match at WrestleMania Backlash, with Orton reluctantly accepting. However, the match was turned into a non-title six-man tag team match, in which The Bloodline (Roman Reigns and The Usos) defeated RK-Bro and Drew McIntyre after Reigns pinned Riddle. RK-Bro and The Usos tied for a unification match later this week, when RK-Bro lost their titles to the Usos, the team's second reign in 74 days. Riddle continued to fight with The Bloodline after Orton was hospitalized with a back injury, teaming with Shinsuke Nakamura to unsuccessfully challenge the Usos for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship on June 3 on SmackDown's Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship following a distraction by Bloodline associate Sami Zayn. Riddle earned a match against Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship after winning over Zayn the following week. Riddle lost to Reigns in the SmackDown episode on June 17, effectively prohibiting him from challenging Reigns for the title again.

After losing to Omos, Riddle failed to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match on June 20th. However, he won a last chance qualifying match royal the following week to earn his ticket to the match. He was unsuccessful in winning the match at the eponymous event on July 2nd. Seth "Freakin" Rollins then began feuding with him, resulting in a match between the two players being announced for SummerSlam. However, WWE called off the match after Riddle sustained an injury after an assault by Rollins on the July 25 episode of Raw. Despite the injury, Riddle performed well at SummerSlam and called out Rollins, resulting in a brawl that culminated in Rollins' victory. His ring name was changed to Matt Riddle on the August 29 episode of Raw. On September 3, Riddle and Rollins finally met at Clash at the Castle, where Riddle was defeated. Riddle appeared on Raw's September 19 episode as part of a United States Championship match involving Bobby Lashley and Rollins, causing Rollins to call off the match. Riddle challenged Rollins to a Extreme Rules match later in the show, during another brawl. WWE has announced the match, making it the first Fight Pit match on the main roster. In addition, UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier will be the special guest referee for the game. Riddle defeated Rollins by submission at the October 8 tournament.


After dancing in strip joints prior to his release from the company, former WWE star Matt Riddle reveals he failed multiple drug tests for COCAINE, February 29, 2024
Matt Riddle, a former WWE superstar, has confessed to failing multiple drug testing before being dismissed from the company. Riddle was released from the company around a week after he said an officer at JFK airport sexually assaulted him. He has been back to the ring, appearing in Major League Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he was recently crowned the NJPW World TV Champion.

Matt Riddle says he was on the verge of collaborating with another WWE celebrity, but that his potential teammate was not 'comfortable' joining the Tag Team, January 15, 2024
Matthew Riddle claims he nearly joined a WWE legend, but it never came to fruition. Riddle was involved with many memorable tag teams throughout his career, including working with Pete Dunne and Randy Orton. The 38-year-old, who was let go by the WWE in September, was earlier thought to be branded with a WWE celebrity than 'The Viper.'

Matt Riddle says he was 'told' he'd win the 2022 Royal Rumble before Brock Lesnar overruled the decision... and says 'nobody stood up to' the seven-time WWE champion.', January 9, 2024
Matt Riddle has revealed that he was "told" he would win the 2022 Royal Rumble before Brock Lesnar overruled the decision, so he could claim victory. Lesnar debuted in January 2022 as the Royal Rumble champion after a late entry into the competition and assured his spot in the following WrestleMania. However, it has now been revealed that Lesnar never intended to win the tournament; rather, it should've been Riddle.
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