Matt Riddle has recalled WWE Chairman Vince McMahon not understanding his character the first time they met.
After arriving on the main roster last year, Riddle quickly gained popularity as the lovable goofball. The former US Champion has revealed that McMahon was not a fan of his character when they were introduced.
Speaking with Sony Sports India, Riddle noted that McMahon originally told him that he doesn’t want to be seen as a goof. Recalling explaining to his boss that there was a gap in the “goof” market, Riddle said:
“I don’t worry about stuff like that. I remember when I met Vince (McMahon) for the first time in his office and we’re talking and I go like I did all this and that but I’m kind of goofy and he’s like, ‘You don’t want to be goofy’ and I was like, ‘But I am’. Like, I don’t know what you want me to do and Bruce Prichard and other people went, ‘No, Vince, he’s not like a goof, he’s just funny’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah, you don’t want to be a goof’.
“I’m like, ‘No, I don’t think you get it, you don’t have any goofs on your roster right now, I can stand out like a sore thumb’. At first, I don’t think he got it, I don’t think he understood me. And, I don’t think he completely understands me yet now but he has a much better idea of how I do things.”
Quote via Ringside News.