WWE paid homage to Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier on WWE Raw when a segment aired featuring Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle being caught on the hot mic. The segment took place after a split screen interview with Riddle and Rollins, and featured Rollins taking personal shots at Riddle for his divorce and his wife taking his kids.
Jones and Cormier infamously were caught on the hot mic during an ESPN interview ahead of their clash at UFC 182 where Jones threatened to kill Cormier.
Jimmy Smith, who is a former Bellator MMA and UFC commentator, is now the lead announcer on WWE Raw, weighed in on the segment on his Unlocking The Cage podcast.
"This is that, kind of, Triple H likes shaking it, up he really does. That's why we've had stuff where, with Seth Rollins and Riddle, we started out a show, I'm doing the open, and they come brawling out of Gorilla. 'Oh my God!' I did another open, and they interrupted again with another brawl. It's really difficult for me, because I'm always reacting to something, but it's fresh. It's different. Having two guys do an interview like they were, talking trash, we've all seen that before. To have this mot mic moment, it's different. It's interesting, it's fresh," he said.
Smith's co-host praised Rollins for his part and for nailing the "Hey Riddle, are you still there?" line, which is similar to the "Hey pussy, are you still there?" line Jones used. He then wondered if Smith gave Riddle and Rollins any notes.
"Maybe, maybe not," Smith said with a laugh.
Rollins and Riddle are set to clash at WWE Clash at the Castle on Saturday, September 3.
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