Matt Riddle comments on allegations against Vince McMahon.
Janel Grant filed a lawsuit against Vince McMahon and WWE at the end of January, accusing McMahon of sex trafficking, emotional abuse, and sexual assault. McMahon resigned from his position as TKO Executive Chairman after the lawsuit came out and Slim Jim paused its promotional partnership with WWE. He is now under federal investigation.
Matt Riddle worked for WWE during the time the alleged incidents occurred between McMahon and Grant (March 2019 - March 2022) and he was asked on Sunday Night's Main Event if he was surprised by the allegations.
"Well, people say that (they were surprised), and granted I had no idea of anything going on. I don't even politic my own matches. I show up and do my job. Honestly, if you watch any of his work from in-ring performances, the things he said and did, logic would tell you alone. Especially, me, personally, all the good wrestlers that play good characters, that's them. It might be turned up by ten or 100, but that's them. When I see Vince do all the things he's done from the 80s, 90s, early 2000s, I was not surprised. Some of it, a little, but yeah, the guy is a billionaire that owns a company. He's done it all, seen it all, and wants to do more and see more. I don't know, I'm not a billionaire. I wasn't the dude (alleged in the lawsuit). Brock was the dude he was talking to. It wasn't me. I really have no comment, other than that. I'm not surprised. I hear people say they're surprised. I'm not surprised. The guy was a maniac," said Riddle.
McMahon allegedly used Grant as a sexual pawn in a contract negotiation with a former UFC Champion. Lesnar is allegedly the former UFC Champion in question, but he was not named in the lawsuit. Riddle previously fought for UFC, but never won a title.
In the summer of 2020, Riddle was accused of sexually assaulting female independent wrestler Candy Cartwright. Riddle denied the allegation. A lawsuit was filed in October 2020 by Cartwright, but dropped in July 2021.
Riddle was released by WWE in September 2023.
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