Matt Riddle spoke with Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard section on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:
His game plan against Brock Lesnar in an MMA fight:
"Lesnar is a bully. I'd hurt him and show him that he couldn't hurt me. That doesn't sound too technical, but in a fight with Brock Lesnar, you need to go after him. Lesnar is just a huge, freakish athlete. There is not much you can do with that big of a human being. He doesn't like to be pushed around, so I would stay aggressive and not let him dictate the action. That's hard, because it is Brock Lesnar, but that would be my game plan."
"Right now, I dictate what I do and how it's done. I get to work the way I want, I get to work my style on the indies and be Matthew Riddle, be the 'King of Bros.' On a bigger scale, like WWE, they want to change the way you work. New Japan looked very promising recently with the World Tag League, but things slipped through at the last minute. I've seen some of the best wrestlers in the world not signed with WWE. There is a lot of talent on the indies that is just as good, if not better, than there is in WWE or New Japan."
Being on "another level":
"I know I'm skilled, I know my background, and the people who are familiar with my credentials know better than to try me. No one has ever tried anything with me in wrestling. Some guys have rolled with me before matches, like WALTER, Tim Thatcher, and Jeff Cobb. They're high-level athletes and grapplers, but even they walk away impressed. I try to be as humble as possible, but I'm just on another level. That's all there is to it."
Source: Sports Illustrated