Matt Riddle Denies He Has Backstage 'Heat' After Twitter Exchange With Tommaso Ciampa
When NXT superstar Matt Riddle called his colleagues 'trash' and 'hags' for not giving him a ride to work there were rumours of backstage 'heat' for the Bro, but talking exclusively to SPORTbible he denied that was the case.
Matt Riddle caused some controversy on social media when he took to Twitter to call his fellow NXT superstars 'garbage' for not having room in their cars to give him a ride, with Tomasso Ciampa replying on Twitter.
That episode led to rumours of 'heat' between Riddle and the rest of the locker room but, speaking exclusively to SPORTbible, he revealed that's not the case, saying, "So, I have no heat with my colleagues. The only one I probably had heat with was Tomasso, because everyone else knew I was kidding. But I did ask a lot of people for rides and no one had room for me in their car. I felt like the maybe the words were harsh, 'garbage,' 'trash,' think I called them 'hags.'
"But like everyone knows me, I'm very friendly, I'm in the Performance Centre all the time, training with people, helping people, and even the other day I went in front of people and said 'Hey guys, just from my line of work, being in the UFC, getting fired from the UFC, everything from top to bottom, I have pretty thick skin- So the things I say I just think are funny, I'm just messing with you. But I'm guessing some of you might be a bit upset.'
"I think everyone was fine apart from maybe Tomasso, but he hasn't been around as much so maybe he didn't know the dynamic we had and he looked at it a different way and maybe thought he didn't want me to like 'trash our locker room' but I didn't trash our talent, I trashed their ability to give me a ride to the show, so I explained that and he agreed to disagree. There's no backstage heat."
The boys shall police themselves. Aka go fuck yourself. https://t.co/utYqw9jG92- BLACKHEART (@NXTCiampa) September 6, 2019
The Bro did explain that there is a certain type of heat, that can be found in any company, adding, "I will say this, in any promotion, any wrestling show there's always gonna be kind of a certain heat or tension at times because there's gonna be certain people that want what this person has and so on and WWE is no different."
The 33-year-old has had a great start to life in WWE during his first 13 months with the company and there's little chance a silly spat over a lift to work is going to damage him.
No doubt Riddle is one of the people that wants what someone else has, Adam Cole's NXT title.