Matt Riddle wrestled his first match as part of the SmackDown roster on last night's episode, and it was a biggie.
Riddle crashed AJ Styles' Intercontinental Title celebrations before beating the former two-time WWE Champion in an ultra-competitive 13-minute match - he countered AJ's 'Phenomenal Forearm' into his own 'Bro Derek' finish for the pin.
This is a hot start for the former NXT man on SmackDown; despite the regrettable overhang of controversy leaked earlier in the day, WWE had already pre-taped Riddle's debut and decided to air it anyway. It remains to be seen if he'll be taken off TV in the short-term whilst things are sorted out legally, or if they've already filmed more footage.
In terms of a pure in-ring debut on a new show, this was one of the best. Riddle beat the new IC Champ clean as a whistle, then celebrated with Daniel Bryan, Drew Gulak, Heavy Machinery and others. He was clearly presented as a major player in SmackDown's future plans.
It's expected that Riddle will go on to challenge AJ for his title, possibly in time for Extreme Rules on 19 July.
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