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Triple H Discusses WWE Signing Matt Riddle

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Triple H commented on the recent signing of former UFC star Matt Riddle, who was shown in the crowd during NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV on Saturday night. WWE had been previously hesitant to sign Riddle due to his history related to marijuana use.

“Matt brings a lot to the table” Triple H said, according to Newsweek.

“He’s an amazing athlete, smart in the way he’s adapted and what he did in his MMA career,” Levesque told media in a post-show press conference. “He’s learned a lot on his own in a very brief period of time to get to where he is. I’ve watched him for awhile, his ups and downs, and you know there just comes a time when somebody gets good enough.”

Triple H believes that adding him to WWE, and the NXT roster, will be the next step in his development.

“I think he’s ready to get brought in and be taken the rest of the way. I also think he’s matured as a person.” Triple H continued.

“I think he’s realized where he wants to get in this business as opposed to just being in the business. We think it’s the right time, but only time will tell. He’s a very talented guy and the sky’s the limit. We’ll see what he can do. I feel sometimes people say ‘you bring them in and just go with it.’ It’s not that simple. Not everybody makes it, not everything works. There’s a lot of factors. I believe in him and I believe he has a lot of potential.”

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Malakai Black Released from AEW, Pulled from Upcoming Appearances

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Malakai Black’s time in AEW is at an end, as he has received a conditional release this week after he requested a full release earlier this year, and now Black will be officially pulled from upcoming appearances.

Black was scheduled for the upcoming Northeast Wrestling show on Friday where he was set to face Matt Taven. Jay Lethal and Enzo Amore, but the promotion announced that Black was pulled from the event due to “health issues”.

AEW President Tony Khan stated earlier this summer that Black “has almost five years left on his deal. I wouldn’t expect him going anywhere anytime soon.” However, his release likely came with a non-compete clause to prevent him from jumping back to WWE, where he is likely heading once his personal issues are addressed.

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CM Punk Out 6-8 Months, Needs Surgery

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CM Punk will be out of action for considerable time, and it may also mark an end to his run in AEW.

After defeating Jon Moxley to reclaim the AEW World Championship, Punk made some harsh comments during the post-event media scrum that prompted a backstage altercation involving AEW superstars The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, who have since been suspended.

Punk was injured during his match with Moxley, and while he may be out for considerable time, he also could be ultimately fired from the company. AEW stripped Punk of the World Championship on Wednesday’s edition of AEW Dynamite.

“Punk’s out for eight months, or whatever it’s going to be, six months/eight months, whatever” according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. “If he’s not let go, and a lot of people don’t want him back.”

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Christian Cage Out Several Months

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AEW continues to deal with the injury bug and you can now add Christian Cage to the list, as he is expected to miss 6 to 9 months due to injury, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.

Per the report: “His injury may be the exact same injury as [CM] Punk. So we’re talking again like an eight-month-ish, six-to-nine months of being out.”

Cage was part of a short match at AEW All Out against Jungle Boy, shockingly defeating him with a spear and a killswitch in just 33 seconds. Jungle Boy was attacked by Luchasaurus just before the match began.

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