Speaking to CBR, Angle revealed that he was offered the chance to manage Riddle, but decided to turn it down.
"I think that Matt Riddle is going to be one of the faces of the [WWE], he has all the ability. His personality is great. At first, it's a little odd. But once you get to know him, he's very likable, and that's what he's going to get from the fans. They're going to love this kid. And he proves it in the ring. He's phenomenal in the ring. There's no doubt about that. But his whole bro gimmick thing works really well. And he's going to do extremely well. WWE has offered me a job to manage him. Unfortunately, I turned it down due to a few different reasons, but I would have loved to manage him. It just wasn't the right time," he stated.
Angle had a close-up view of just how good Riddle is on the most recent episode of NXT when he served as the referee for Riddle's cage fight against Timothy Thatcher.
A vignette aired for Riddle's impending SmackDown debut on Friday, but it is unknown when Riddle will officially make his in-ring debut.