Matt Riddle Addresses Incident At JFK Airport, Says He Failed Multiple WWE Drug Tests For Cocaine

Matt Riddle addresses multiple incidents in WWE.

On September 22, 2023, Matt Riddle announced he was no longer with WWE. Riddle last competed on the September 4 episode of WWE Raw, teaming with Drew McIntyre. He was in an active storyline with McIntyre before being off television.

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Riddle had been off television after he accused an officer at JFK airport of sexual harassment in an Instagram post that he deleted on September 10. According to reports, Port Authority officers got a call for a disorderly person who was deplaning, and they met him in the terminal. Riddle was reportedly the disorderly person in question. An internal investigation was launched at that time.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Riddle addressed the incident.

"What happened there, we had a tour in India, it was a one day tour. We flew to India and then back from India. We got there, landed, had a couple hours at the hotel, went to the venue, did the show, flew back to the States. On the way back, you know when you fly you feel some pressure and stuff. I thought it was just air pressure. I had a really bad ear infection. Then, of course, you add a couple of cocktails on top of that. Then, you know, grab the mic, I'm talking some crap. Flights were delayed. It was a perfect storm. At the same time, I feel a lot of people would beat themselves up. At the same time, I look at it, I think it was a sign. I was overworking myself, maybe I hopped back into things a little too quick. Doing a four day tour and going to India for a day and back, it took its toll on me. That kind of thing took a toll on me," he said.

Asked about the accusation of sexual harassment, Riddle said, "I'm not going to go too much into detail with that incident. It was the same trip. I talked to internal affairs, I talked to the FBI. I'm not in trouble, I can assure you of that. I'm not going to go into details with the situation because they asked me not to, unless I want to press charges, and I didn't want to press charges. That's how that situation was handled. At the same time, if I wouldn't have had a couple of drinks, I wouldn't have put myself in that situation, and I wouldn't have been there. At the end of the day, I put myself in the situation that I knew I could have possibly gotten into trouble. I don't think that's the reason I got fired, but I don't think it helps, especially with the UFC merging. It was written in my contract that I was going to make a million dollars this upcoming year, guaranteed, which is a lot more than I was making last year and a lot more than I was making the year before that. I think there was multiple variables that played into my departure. Plus, I failed a couple of drug tests. The writing, for me at least, the writing was on the wall. I'm good in the ring and entertaining, but especially with WWE and how they want to be perceived, I don't think I was a good fit at the time."

Riddle reportedly failed a WWE drug test and went to rehab in December 2022. He was written off television on the December 4 episode of WWE Raw before returning in April 2023.

Asked about his failed drug tests, Riddle said, "I had two offenses. They didn't make any of the offenses public. I think they wanted to keep it on the hush hush, which I understand. I got fined."

Asked what he failed for, Riddle replied, "You're allowed to smoke weed. I went to the strip club and did cocaine a couple times. I failed a drug test for that. That was for all of them, it was cocaine each time. It was just a random night. WWE tests you randomly, any week. Sometimes, you get tested at the end of one month and the beginning of another month. There was one week where I failed bang bang, didn't know I failed the second one and by the time I failed the first one, I got two at once. I think that's why they were a little more lenient. 'We tested you back-to-back, you failed both times.' I was like, 'I'll show you, no more problems, test me for the next ten weeks.' I did that, I was fine, didn't fail one test. When I thought I was in the clear, went out, partied a little bit, they gave me a random test at my house, I failed that, and shortly after that, they had me go to rehab."

Asked if they made him go to rehab, Riddle said, "They can't make you do anything, but it's 'go or...' 'Okay, I'll go.' I went for the 30 days, I left, and when I left, they made a recommendation that they wanted me to stay for another 30 days and I was like, 'I said I would do 30 days, I don't want to do another 30 days.' I missed Christmas and New Year's. I learned my lesson. Trust me, I don't go out there and rage it up anymore like that. I learned my lesson. 'No, we want you to do another 30 days.' I wanted to test and get my black belt, I had been waiting 10 years. I had some money because RKBro was successful, and I wanted to buy a house. I bought a house, my aunt had cancer, so I went to see her. She's good now. I was like, 'Let me do these couple of things before I leave.' 'Okay.' I went, did those, then went back for another 30 days. Got out and I was just waiting. This was a month before WrestleMania. 'We don't have anything for you. Maybe Raw After Mania.' I thought they were going to fire me."

Riddle did return at the Raw After Mania, attacking The Miz.

Riddle now works for MLW, NJPW, and various other promotions. He is scheduled to defend his NJPW World TV Title against Bad Dude Tito at MLW Intimidation Games on February 29.

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