Matt Riddle Responds to Allegations Against Him

Earlier today, indie wrestler Candy Cartwright alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Matt Riddle in 2018.

I’m posting this because I have been so sad for so long. I didn’t realize that what he did to me was not ok. I realize now, reading these other brave women’s stories, that I can’t be afraid anymore and I have to #speakout

Back in May of 2018 I was riding with Matt Riddle and a few other wrestlers. During the van ride, when the 3 other wrestlers had fallen asleep, Matt asked me to “hop on his dick”. When I refused (although we had previously been together I was incredibly uncomfortable in that setting ) When I said no, he grabbed me by my throat, choked me and said “what if I just made you?” I ended up giving him oral sex (praying someone wouldn’t wake up) to get out of having intercourse with him. It was incredibly humiliating.

It is never ok to put your hands on a woman, it’s also not ok to not listen when she says no.

Riddle responded in a press release from his lawyer.

June 19, 2020


The allegations by this independent female performer are completely false and another attempt-to harass and humiliate Mr. and Mrs. Riddle and to try to tarnish their reputation in the community.

We have been aware for the last two years of this performer stalking the Riddle family.

In 2019, our firm had drafted a pleading against this performer to seek an injunction for cyberstalking in the Circuit Court for Orange County, Florida.

Someone also posted a Twitter direct message that was allegedly between Riddle and a fan where Riddle further denies the allegations.

When asked, WWE released their standard response that they’ve sent out for other allegations: “We take any allegation of this nature very seriously and are looking into the matter.”

Riddle is scheduled to debut on SmackDown tonight. Tonight’s show was already taped last week.

Update: Riddle’s SmackDown debut aired on SmackDown tonight, with Riddle defeating AJ Styles in a match.