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All hail The King of Bros: Matt Riddle on his NXT debut, his royal nickname and the first time he “Bro”-ed William Regal
Last week, the NXT Universe got its first taste of royalty (kind of) with the television debut of the self-proclaimed “King of Bros,” Matt Riddle. An accomplished mixed martial artist and former UFC fighter, Riddle made the decision to follow his childhood dream and embark on a career in sports-entertainment. Now firmly in the mix as one of NXT’s newest competitors, Riddle sat down with to talk about his background and this new chapter of his athletic career.

WWE.COM: Congrats on your recent NXT TV debut. How did it feel?

MATT RIDDLE: I had fun. The crowd was really hot. Everything went according to plan—I got to show a taste of my skillset, and I think people can see that I’m not just a normal wrestler.

WWE.COM: From where exactly did you get your “King of Bros” nickname?

RIDDLE: It was a name that was given to me because I say “Bro” a lot. The first time I was in a ring with William Regal I called him “Bro,” and from there, everyone just kept saying “Bro” to me. I kept saying “Bro” and before I knew it, I was deemed The King of Bros.

WWE.COM: When did this initial meeting with NXT General Manager William Regal occur?

RIDDLE: I was on a show for EVOLVE. Regal was talking to one of the guys about a possible opportunity to work with WWE when I stepped into the ring and said, “Yo, Bro, why aren’t you talking to me?” Some guys thought I was being disrespectful, but that was the first time I met William Regal. It took a little bit of time and persuasion, but they finally let me in the door at NXT.

WWE.COM: You have an extensive MMA background, including several fights in UFC. What lead to your decision four years ago to begin training for a career in sports-entertainment?

RIDDLE: I always had watched pro wrestling. I happened to be watching the WWE Network one day and started watching differently. I wasn’t watching it as a fan, but instead I was watching it as something that I could possibly be a part of. I thought to myself, “I can do this,” and it was something I always wanted to do. In fact, pro wrestling was the reason I pursued amateur wrestling when I was 13 and eventually trained in Jiu-Jitsu. It was sort of like I came full circle, because I watched as a kid and then learned all these different styles and made it to UFC. But I almost felt like I was limited in MMA. In sports-entertainment, you can be larger than life. That was the day I decided to call my buddy who’s a lawyer and get his opinion on me leaving MMA and training full time to wrestle. He was all for it. I trusted him and I trusted my gut feeling, and as you can see, it all worked out.

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The Miz was interviewed by Byron Saxton. He said the way things are looking, the World Cup is going to be AWESOME for him.

Byron Saxton interviewed Kurt Angle. Angle said most people doubted him that he could win a tournament at this stage of his career but most people doubted he could win the gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck. He said he was here not to add another accolade but to write the next chapter of his career. It’s true, it’s damn true.

Byron Saxton interviewed The Miz. He said he may have gotten a stiff mule kick in the throat from Jeff Hardy but he still won and he’s going to take out Rey Mysterio and is going to show he is the best in the world.

Saxton then interviews Mysterio while Miz makes his entrance. Saxton asks him about being attacked by Randy, Rey says being the best in the world is not about making excuses. He says he has been doubted by bigger and better than Miz, and that just makes his wins all the sweeter.

Once again, Saxton is backstage with Seth Rollins. He asks how it feels to go from a big man like Lashley to someone like Ziggler. Rollins says being the best is not about having an easy ride, and he wouldn’t want it to be easy, so he’s going out to do it again and prove himself.

For his part, The Showoff showed no remorse in a post-match interview with Byron Saxton, who raised the question of whether Ziggler’s win was tainted by dirty pool. Ziggler countered he wasn’t after approval, because he has always been his own biggest advocate even when no one else believed in him. And regardless of how he gets it, the title of “best in the world” is an accolade that’s always belonged to him.

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