After defeating Matt Riddle in a thrilling battle to retain his title and kick off NXT’s live two-hour premiere on USA Network, NXT Champion Adam Cole felt like he was on top of the world. However, Finn Bálor and Tommaso Ciampa’s shocking returns threw Cole’s reign into question quicker than you can say “boom!” Elsewhere on the black-and-gold brand, The Undisputed ERA cemented their golden prophecy, and Shayna Baszler continued to show why she will be the NXT Women’s Champion for a long time.
Matt Riddle and Killian Dain wrote a brutal chapter in their bitter rivalry on WWE NXT, as they clashed in a wild street fight. After tables, chairs and kendo sticks came into play, it was The Original Bro who emerged victorious, forcing The Beast of Belfast to tap out to an armbar to earn an NXT Championship Match. Adam Cole got a preview of what lies ahead next Wednesday after the match, when Riddle locked him in the same submission.
Despite the last name, Matt Riddle isn’t someone to play with.
Sure, the former UFC welterweight battles in the ring barefoot – with a pair of flip-flops nearby, of course – and carries around a bulletproof lax demeanor that unsuspecting opponents may scoff at. This Riddle, however, is wrapped in an arsenal of surprises. Equipped with a dangerous cache of maneuvers, whether it be a canvas-rattling exploder suplex or his wince-inducing Bromission, the rangy striker is a man of many stylistic flourishes.