Ex-UFC fighter Matt Riddle reveals backstage heat with fellow WWE star Seth Rollins amid Survivor Series row
WWE star Matt Riddle has finally lifted the lid on the real-life backstage heat he had with Seth Rollins.
The two's feud intensified last year when the Messiah publicly claimed that he had no interest in working with the Original Bro during his career.
Rollins' early exit from last year's Survivor Series match without facing the former UFC fighter increased rumours of dislike between the pair.
The dispute first originated when Riddle's wife Lisa body-shamed WWE women on Instagram while using a picture of Seth's other-half Becky Lynch.
The 35-year-old has now revealed he apologised to the former Shield member for the insult to the mother of his child but admitted the incident will probably prevent them from ever being close.
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He told talkSPORT: “I’ll be honest, I’ve met Seth multiple times and he’s met me and I don’t think we’ll ever be best friends [laughs].
“I don’t think we like one another, we’re just two different people. [Although] we both love wrestling.
“I know my significant other said something about Becky that they didn’t like and I also did not like or agree with.
“Seth didn’t like me after that and I don’t think Becky liked me or my wife either, which is understandable. It is what it is.
“After Survivor Series… I tried to talk to Seth beforehand but he kind of avoided me and he did bow out early [in the match].
Seth didn’t like me after that and I don’t think Becky liked me or my wife either, which is understandable. It is what it is.
“I don’t know if he did that because he didn’t want to work with me or whatever because there was three other guys in the match. He could have done something. He was in there with Sheamus, he could have done a spot.
“After Survivor Series, because he was there I got to talk to him and I said ‘Hey’ and a camera came up to us to film it and I said ‘No, don’t come over here, don’t film this. It’s between me and him.’
“We talked. I told him – and this is exactly what I said – I said ‘Hey man, what was said, I don’t agree with it. I thought it was bullcrap. It’s not cool. I just want you to know I apologise, I apologise on her behalf as well.
“On top of that I think you’re a great performer and if you would ever have it in your heart to work with me, I would love that.
“And, I know you’re taking some time off because Becky is pregnant, about to have a kid, just want to wish you luck, congratulations, enjoy your time with your beautiful girlfriend – at the time, now wife – and your beautiful child.’
“And he literally looked at me and he goes ‘Holy s***. I didn’t expect that. Everything I hear from people and what I expected… that was really cool. Thank you.’ And that’s where we ended it.
“I said ‘Thank you for listening and giving me the time, bro. I hope we’re good now.’”
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