Matt Riddle Makes Surprise Appearance at NJPW New Year Dash 2024

Friday’s New Year Dash 2024 event for New Japan Pro Wrestling in Tokyo, Japan featured former WWE talent Matt Riddle making a surprise appearance.

Following Hiroshi Tanahashi defeating Ryusuke Taguchi to retain his NJPW World Television Championship in the opening match on the show, a video aired on the big screen interrupting Tanahashi’s victory celebration. A mysterious person was seen wearing putting on Judo attire and training. A car was seen pulling up in frame and this mysterious person stepped out revealing himself to be Riddle.

Riddle gave a promo issuing a challenge to Tanahashi for his NJPW TV title. After the video ended, Tanahashi grabbed a microphone stating that he had no clue who that guy was but he will study to find out more about him and his challenge request.