NXT star Matt Riddle has delivered a scathing review of WWE flagship shows Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.
The former UFC fighter signed with the WWE last summer and one would think that he'd be looking to make the step up to the main card. However, he claims he isn't aiming for that anymore and wouldn't mind staying with NXT to help it become bigger than both Raw and SmackDown.
TMZ Sports caught up with the 33-year-old recently and pressed him for some of his thoughts on the brand. He would claim that the WWE has softened up, rightly adding that fans prefer NXT even though they know it's scripted, as the package is way more intense.
Riddle described NXT as different and fresh, also not "the same kind of watered-down child's product that WWE's kind of turned into a lot."
"People watch us, even though it's scripted a lot of the time, it's more real," he continued. "It's more believable."
Asked if he would be on board with staying in NXT as long as possible to build up the brand and try to get it on par, Riddle said that he reckons they can actually be bigger than Raw and SmackDown.
"Funny enough, I was thinking about that the other day," he explained. "And, I want to get to the main roster, but then I was thinking, 'Maybe I'm thinking about it wrong,' because 'NXT' is so hot, maybe we should stay and try to build 'NXT' and make it bigger than 'Raw' and 'Smackdown' and just be the big guy, which isn't impossible."
Riddle also revealed that he'd like to take on John Cena when quizzed on the one wrestler from the top that he'd want a one-on-one with.
"I think I wanna fight John Cena," he declared. "He might wanna wrestle, but I kind wanna fight him."
What This Means
There's no doubting that a lot of fans would agree with Riddle's take.
There are many who are very disappointed with what they're getting from the WWE's main shows but NXT actually does it for them.
Of course, we are unlikely to ever see the younger sibling get the recognition it deserves. But who knows?