WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle Turned Down Chance To Manage Matt Riddle
It just wasn't the right time...
On last week's episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Kurt Angle announced former NXT Superstar Matt Riddle was joining the blue brand and would be making his in-ring debut very soon. This comes after The Wrestling Machine refereed Riddle's final bout on the black and gold brand when The King Of Bros went one on one with Timothy Thatcher in a Fight Pit match.
After Angle introduced Riddle, many wondered if we would see them link up on WWE TV permanently. This won't be the case, however, as The Olympic Gold Medallist told CBR that WWE offered him the chance to manage the former UFC fighter but he turned it down.
Angle said: "I think that Matt Riddle is going to be one of the faces of the [WWE], he has all the ability. His personality is great. At first, it's a little odd. But once you get to know him, he's very likeable. And that's what he's going to get from the fans. They're going to love this kid. And he proves it in the ring. He's phenomenal in the ring. There's no doubt about that. But his whole bro gimmick thing works really well. And he's going to do extremely well. WWE has offered me a job to manage him. Unfortunately, I turned it down due to a few different reasons, but I would have loved to manage him. It just wasn't the right time."