Throughout a current interview with CBS Sports activities, Matt Riddle gave some recommendation to MMA fighters like Colby Covington, Henry Cejudo, Amanda Nunes and Paige VanZant about coming to WWE. He principally warned them that it is probably not straightforward as they’d prefer to assume. You possibly can try some highlights from the interview beneath:

On MMA fighters eager to make the bounce to professional wrestling: “I feel, in the event you’re a proficient athlete and have charisma, you’ll be able to completely make the bounce to professional wrestling. On the identical time, wrestling is a kind of issues that doesn’t come straightforward. The followers, identical to MMA followers, they are often brutal at occasions. If you happen to don’t convey it otherwise you mess up otherwise you’re not doing issues proper, they’re going to be chilly. These guys all have an excellent quantity of charisma, they’ve an excellent quantity of star energy, they’re superb athletes and fighters. But it surely’s a course of. After I began wrestling, I might do all of the strikes and was like, ‘That is going to be straightforward. I’m tremendous athletic and I really feel like I can discuss.’ However once you’re on the market wrestling, it’s a very completely different animal. It’s arduous. I want I might say, ‘Yeah, in the event you’re an MMA fighter, hop in.’ However to be an excellent professional wrestler, you need to love professional wrestling. I’ve cherished professional wrestling longer than I’ve cherished combined martial arts. It’s simply that I wrestled in highschool and I simply went on that path earlier than I obtained into professional wrestling. Tom Lawler is similar manner. He’s an important instance of a combined martial artist who cherished professional wrestling earlier than he began wrestling and he’s had fairly good success, I feel.”

On Cejudo and Covington: “Perhaps their measurement could be a problem at first, particularly Henry as a result of he’s 135 kilos. Granted, the man is a savage and knocks individuals out and is a tremendous athlete. He’s charismatic, although, and possibly you set him within the ring with Large Present like Floyd Mayweather and, oh my goodness, you realize? Time will inform. We’ll see how they go. However you even have to appreciate wrestling is a PG form of present. Lots of these MMA fighters convey lots of warmth, however they’re not going to have the ability to convey that very same warmth in professional wrestling. You’d be crossing a line that you simply shouldn’t cross. As a result of there’s traces. Strains that you simply shouldn’t cross. I imply, you’re speaking to me, I cross traces on a regular basis, you realize? However you shouldn’t cross [them].”

On being in a tag staff: “Being in a staff has some professionals and cons. I prefer to be the focus; once you’re a staff, you’ll be able to’t be, although, and you need to depend on different individuals. I prefer it, although. While you’re working 4 days every week, it’s lots simpler tagging than it’s wrestling 20 minute matches by your self. So, teaming, it’s somewhat simpler on the physique. And having the dynamic with one other particular person, it’s not so severe as a result of often once you’re a singles wrestler and it’s one-on-one, it’s somewhat extra intense. While you’re in a tag, there’s much more dynamics you’ll be able to play off of.”



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