NXT/MATT RIDDLE: WWE's Matt Riddle thinks 'NXT' can eclipse 'Raw' and 'Smackdown' (TMZsports.com)

Posted on 2/16/119 by Casey Carver

WWE's Matt Riddle thinks 'NXT' can eclipse 'Raw' and

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WWE superstar Matt Riddle thinks a major change is coming
... saying 'NXT' is on a trajectory to explode and take over
as the No. 1 show in the WWE Universe.

For years, 'NXT' has been viewed as WWE's developmental
brand -- used to springboard up-and-coming wrestlers on to
shows like 'Raw' and 'Smackdown Live' ... where the top
stars play.

But, Riddle -- along with other young stars like Ricochet,
Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano -- have turned 'NXT' into
arguably the most must-see WWE show ... and it only seems to
be getting better.

Riddle says 'NXT' is "different" and "fresh" -- and not "the
same kind of watered-down child's product that WWE's kind of
turned into a lot."

He adds, "People watch us, even though it's scripted a lot
of the time, it's more real. It's more believable."

Riddle says he can feel the momentum behind 'NXT' -- and
it's affected the way he sees his career with the WWE.

"Funny enough, I was thinking about that the other day. And,
I want to get to the main roster, but then I was thinking,
'Maybe I'm thinking about it wrong,' because 'NXT' is so
hot, maybe we should stay and try to build 'NXT' and make it
bigger than 'Raw' and 'Smackdown' and just be the big guy,
which isn't impossible."

There's more ... Riddle -- a former UFC fighter -- also says
he'd LOVE a shot to go 1-on-1 with John Cena, but not in a
traditional pro wrestling match ...

"I think I wanna fight John Cena. He might wanna wrestle,
but I kind wanna fight him."


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