The company made the decision to drop Matt Riddle’s first name, and now he’s just “Riddle.” The story was that they wanted to not have people google “Matt Riddle” and come up with the details of the lawsuit against him and WWE. The decision was made on 10/29 and Riddle said he was fine with it and even preferred it saying Riddle is his name and he’s been called it for most of his life
People it’s okay I’ve been called Riddle most my life, I actually prefer it and it’s my real last name 🤙 #bro#stallion#RIDDLE
According to Fightful Select (subscription required), Vince McMahon was pleased with the recent Survivor Series qualifying match Riddle had against Sheamus. Upon arriving backstage, Sheamus, Riddle and WWE producers were all positive about the match.
The match reportedly made a big impression on McMahon, and he specifically made the call to change his name to “Riddle”. It’s pitched for him to have a “more serious character presentation”.