NXT has often used cage matches as the swan song for NXT superstars before they head off to Raw or SmackDown. This was highlighted once again last Wednesday when Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher battled inside the Fight Pit, which was akin to the Lion's Den match from the 90s.
Thatcher was victorious in the bout and two nights later on SmackDown, a vignette aired for Matt Riddle and his impending debut.
"The Fight Pit came about organically," he said. "The right performers were there with Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher, two talents that bring a different style, a more ground-based, grappling style. Riddle can do just about anything and Thatcher is such a good technically grappling wrestler and so gritty and tough. That type of environment seemed like the right environment for them. We based it off some things from the past, some things we wanted to see, and put it all together. It really captivated people and the match delivered, which is always the key. People were intrigued by it and it will become a signature match for NXT. The Fight Pit can be the go-to grudge match or something like that. You'll definitely see more of them in the future. I was thrilled with that one and I think fans enjoyed it. I look forward to doing more with it."
It is unknown when the Fight Pit will return.
Appearing on Tuesday's WWE Backstage, CM Punk, who has experience inside the cage and the ring, gave his thoughts on the Fight Pit. You can find his comments by clicking here.
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