Riddle might be a goof, but he can back it up.
Riddle might be a former UFC fighter, but he's a laid-back "bro" who talks about bro-nuts, getting high, and used to go on adventures with Pete Dunne. His personality in the ring is much different as he uses his MMA background to brutalize opponents. The transformation from "bro" to "badass" threw Vince McMahon off, but Riddle explained why it works.
Appearing on The Bump, Riddle was asked why he has beef with The Hurt Business, saying it's because he believes he's a threat, and they don't like that. His answer led to the following anecdote.
"Even though I come off like a goof, even Vince [McMahon], the first time, he's like, 'You're kind of a goof.' I'm like, 'Yeah, I know I'm kind of a goof.' 'That's not a good thing.' 'For me, it is because I can back it up. I'm tough, I can fight. Being a goof for me is good,'" he said. "A lot of people are like, 'he's so goofy.' You guys realize I get to be goofy because I can break your neck and knock you unconscious. I'm 35 and get to be a goofball because I'm a savage in the ring."
Riddle backed up his goofball personality at WWE Elimination Chamber, defeating Bobby Lashley and John Morrison in a triple threat match to win the United States Championship.
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