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WWE confirms Matt Riddle's call-up to SmackDown


Matt Riddle is officially joining the SmackDown roster.

It was confirmed on tonight's SmackDown that Riddle is coming to the brand. Kurt Angle made an appearance in a backstage segment on the show and announced the news. Angle said he was there to announce the next superstar that's going to become the next face of SmackDown.

Angle said Riddle is someone who he's gotten to know over the past few months and has a very bright future, and he even got to see Riddle up close and personal when he refereed Riddle's last match in NXT. A video then aired hyping up Riddle's arrival.

With Angle as the special guest referee, Timothy Thatcher defeated Riddle in a "cage fight" in the main event of NXT this week.

Dave Meltzer reported earlier this week that Riddle's call-up to the main roster was imminent and he was likely headed to SmackDown.

After transitioning to pro wrestling following his career in the UFC, Riddle won Rookie of the Year in the 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards. He signed with WWE and joined NXT in 2018.