Matt Riddle was shown in the crowd at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn tonight and Mauro Ranallo announced that he has signed with NXT, saying, “Another blue chip signing by the black and yellow brand. Former mixed martial artist, a guy who has taken the sports entertainment world by storm. That is Matt Riddle.”
Riddle got a huge pop from the Barclays Center crowd and they broke out into a “bro” chant.
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WWE announced his signing on their website:
Matt Riddle officially signs as an NXT Superstar
As NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV erupted inside Barclays Center tonight, the NXT Universe got a chance to see the newest addition to the black-and-yellow brand.
Matt Riddle, or as he is often referred to by fans, “The King of Bros,” has been announced as the newest Superstar to wave the NXT flag. Fittingly, the news was revealed as he was ringside for tonight’s huge WWE Network special event in Brooklyn.
The former wrestling champion and UFC fighter made a name for himself in the indie circuit, capturing titles such as the EVOLVE Championship and the PROGRESS Atlas Championship.
The announcement of Riddle’s signing adds another layer of excitement and competition to the black-and-yellow brand.
EVOLVE, where Riddle has wrestled for the past couple of years, posted this good farewell video featuring an interview with an emotional Matt Riddle.