Matt Riddle New Story Updates – A few clarifications have been made about the report that surfaced on Monday (December 12) alleging that WWE had suspended Matt Riddle.
We reported on a story from Bodyslam.net, Cassidy Haynes had learned from sources that a failed drug test and suspension were the real reasons WWE had fired Riddle off television a week earlier (on December 5), when Solo Sikoa attacked him.
According to the story, Riddle failed a drug test in the summer, which is allegedly what caused his scheduled Clash at the Castle match against Seth Rollins to be postponed. This was even supposed to be a second offence of 2022.
A little more information and updates were given by Dave Meltzer in the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
WWE, according to Meltzer, has not replied to inquiries about the story or offered any comments.
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If the rumor is accurate, it would violate WWE’s established drug testing policy, according to which all failed drug tests must be publicly disclosed and a first offense should result in a 30-day ban. Riddle was not and has not been missing for that time period.
Riddle missed less than 30 days of wrestling between July 25 and May 20, Meltzer said.
The second offense should result in a 60-day ban plus required therapy, as per the policy. But WWE only revealed on television that Riddle would miss six weeks of work due to the “attack”—six weeks is less than 60 days.
If the person or the business decides to do so, someone may be sent to treatment after a first violation.
Meltzer, however, remarked that “either WWE has modified its stance in secret or something doesn’t add up.”
Inquiries on whether the policy has changed have received no comments or responses from WWE.
The pressure of going through a divorce, according to “one source close to Riddle,” is the reason for Riddle’s absence, Meltzer claimed.
The Observer’s “closest” sources to Matt Riddle, according to Meltzer, haven’t made any comments.
The “talk and belief of talent” in WWE was that Riddle’s absence was due to having to attend rehab.