• “He did not accept it” – RAW Star On His Apology To Roman Reigns
Universal Champion Roman Reigns has been the #1 merch seller in WWE for years now, and his merch numbers shot up even more after his heel turn, and his numbers are on the level of John Cena now.
In 2021, Roman set the record for the most merch sold by a heel wrestler in WWE history.
After this, RAW wrestler Riddle planted seeds for a possible feud with Reigns (like he has done in the past with Goldberg and Brock Lesnar) by taking shots at The Tribal Chief during an interview with Bleacher Report:
“No disrespect to Roman, he seems like a swell fella, but at the same time, it’s like when people say they’re a good parent, you know what? If you were a good parent, your kids would be telling you you’re a good parent.
When he’s saying ‘Acknowledge me’ or ‘I move the needle,’ no, you don’t. You’re related to The Rock. Shut up. Like, I’m not impressed, I can beat you up in a real fight. So, shut your mouth.
You’re not moving needles. I’m the real stallion, RK-Bro is moving the merch, we’re moving the needle, and that’s it. I don’t want to say too much, I’m not trying to get in trouble.
Hey, hats off to him. He’s amazing at what he does. I do like what he does, but at the same time, it’s like, get off your high horse.
You’re in that spot for a reason. You’re not a bro. You’re second generation. I’m first generation.”
Later on the Cheap Heat podcast, Riddle revealed that Roman didn’t like his comments:
“I’m trying not to talk too much trash anymore. I don’t want to upset the higher ups. I’m not going to mention exact names, but he’s a chief of tribes. I said something about him recently. I’m not saying specific names. It could be anybody.
He wasn’t happy. I talked some trash about me moving the needle and selling merch. He didn’t like what I said. I thought it was hilarious, but not everybody thinks like me.
I don’t think he’s ready. Not that he couldn’t be ready… just like Randy (Orton), I don’t think Randy was ready a couple of years ago for me. It would have been too soon. I think right now, [Roman] is in the same situation, I don’t think he’s ready for me yet.
I ruffled his feathers a little bit and he’s a peacock, he doesn’t like his feathers ruffled. I’ll try that at a later date.”
Riddle was recently interviewed on My Love Letter to Wrestling, where he revealed that Reigns didn’t accept his apology, which was written by Randy Orton on Riddle’s behalf.
Below is what the former RAW Tag Team Champion said:
“One thing I have learned is don’t ask Randy to write an apology for you. The other day, I said some things about a gentleman that I work with. He’s on a different brand, he’s a champion, he’s a chief, one might say. I said some things he didn’t like.
I told Randy, ‘I said some things, I’m pretty sure he’s not happy about it. What should I say? I should make this better.’
I sent Randy an apology that I wrote for this person. Randy looked at it and was like, ‘Nah, this is all wrong, this is what you write.’
He sent me an apology back and there was no apology at all. It was basically like, ‘My bad.’
He knows this Chief better than I do. So I sent this apology and let’s just say that he did not accept it.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (February 3, 2002) – WWF Sunday Night HEAT
On this day in 2002, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Sunday Night HEAT’.
It was broadcasted from the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF No Way Out 2002’ PPV.
The match-card can be found right here:
1. The Godfather vs. Funaki
2. Lance Storm vs. The Hurricane
3. Val Venis vs. Perry Saturn
4. Big Boss Man vs. Crash Holly
5. WWF Cruiserweight Title: Tajiri vs. Scotty 2 Hotty