Former WWE Star Confirms Talks With TNA Wrestling

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An ex-WWE star has spoken with TNA Wrestling, but don’t expect them to make the move just yet.

TNA Wrestling has been in something of a rebuilding period after the promotion rebranded, moving away from its IMPACT name. The company has also removed Scott D’Amore as President, replacing him with Anthony Cicione.

The decision is said to have come directly from the top of parent company Anthem Entertainment.

Like all promotions, TNA is always on the lookout for new talent, and one former WWE star has confirmed they’ve spoken with the company.

Appearing on Sunday Night’s Main Event, Matt Riddle revealed he’s spoken with the TNA, although it seems a deal isn’t on the horizon. The former WWE United States Champion said he wants to take a break from wrestling on TV, so it seems unlikely he’ll land with TNA anytime soon.

“When I got done with WWE, it’s kind of stressful working on TV all the time, especially with the travel. The money is awesome, it’s definitely worth it, and the experience. Now, I want to take a break from TV. After the 90 days and during the 90 days, I’m setting some dates up. I talked to some places. I’ve talked to TNA, I’ve worked with New Japan and MLW.

You do film for TV, but it’s not the same as Monday Night Raw, three hours live, anything can happen, people are changing the script. You have ten minutes for your match, now you have five minutes. It’s extremely stressful. I like the pressure, but at the same time, I kind of wanted a little break from all that.

I’m choosing places more pay-per-view based where I don’t have to worry about going to commercial so we can get that Fritos advertisement,”

Matt Riddle Not Surprised By WWE Vince McMahon Scandal

During the same interview, Matt Riddle addressed the Vince McMahon sex trafficking scandal.

The star said he wasn’t surprised by the allegations, dubbing McMahon a “maniac.” He added that he isn’t the former UFC star named in the lawsuit — it’s been reported that the star in question is Brock Lesnar.

H/t to Fightful