The COVID-19 era caused plans to damper for one WWE Superstar.
Riddick Moss missed months of action before returning in July, with no mention of where he'd been on WWE programming. He'd debuted earlier this year on the Raw brand, and actually revealed in a recent interview that he was caring for a high risk family member.
The information matched up with a story Fightful had heard in July about Moss being sidelined. However, as revealed on Fightful Select, Paul Heyman both set him aside, and had huge plans for him.
Riddick Moss noted that he'd sat out of WWE action for several months as he cares for a family member that is at advanced risk of COVID-19 due to cystic fibrosis. However, Fightful learned that he was sat out by Paul Heyman as a result, as to avoid any potential heat of making the decision himself.. It's worth noting that Heyman was very high on Moss at the time and a big push was in order, at least according to info from several high level names in WWE creative
At the time, Moss was 24/7 Champion, and WWE respected his wishes and created a story to get the title belt off of him. This is why we saw the unconventional outdoor title switch back in March, just a couple of weeks after WWE would move their tapings to the Performance Center.
Between the time that Riddick Moss went home and returned to WWE, Paul Heyman was ousted from his role heading up WWE Raw. Since returning, Moss has competed only on WWE Main Event, but is 4-0, with wins over Mustafa Ali, Humberto Carrillo and Titus O'Neil.
This story first ran on Fightful Select, before releasing in our Fightful Wrestling Weekly. Subscribe to Fightful Select for exclusive news, podcasts and more.