It didn't take long for the reports to manifest into reality, as former NXT Tag Team champion Matt Riddle has officially moved from Wednesday nights to Fridays, joining the SmackDown roster.
Kurt Angle appeared on Friday's episode of SmackDown to herald Riddle's move, introducing the blue-brand's new star.
Riddle wrestled his last match for NXT on Wednesday night, losing to short-term partner Timothy Thatcher in a hard-hitting Fight Pit match, which Angle happened to be the referee for.
Recent reports indicated that Riddle's call-up to the main roster was imminent, with SmackDown as his likely destination. This was based on a report from Dave Meltzer, who said that a vignette for Riddle was filmed on Monday, with the intent of airing Friday.
The veteran mixed martial artist got something of a late start in pro wrestling, having his first match in 2015 at the age of 29. Prior to joining WWE in 2018, Riddle held gold in promotions such as EVOLVE, PWG, and PROGRESS.
As part of NXT, Riddle won the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Classic with Pete Dunne, and later won the brand's Tag Team titles with him.