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Matt Riddle making HUGE changes for NJPW run

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In a significant shift for his wrestling career, Matt Riddle is preparing for a major run in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).

Known for his laid-back persona and association with marijuana, Riddle is making considerable changes to adapt to Japan’s strict drug laws.

Matt Riddle: Adapting to Japan’s Strict Laws

Riddle, a former WWE Superstar, has openly discussed his decision to leave his ‘420 Bro’ persona behind while in Japan.

This change comes in light of Japan’s stringent stance on cannabis, where possession, sale, and cultivation are illegal.

Riddle expressed his determination to respect these laws, stating in a recent virtual signing event, “I’ve never been arrested, I don’t have a criminal record. I want to keep it that way.”

Matt Riddle: A New Chapter in Career

This move to NJPW marks a new chapter in Riddle’s wrestling career. Known for his unique style and charisma, Riddle’s transition to NJPW is highly anticipated.

His upcoming challenge against Hiroshi Tanahashi at the “The New Year Dash” event is already creating a buzz in the wrestling community.


  • What changes is Matt Riddle making for his NJPW run?
    • Riddle is leaving his ‘420 Bro’ persona behind in compliance with Japan’s strict drug laws.
  • Why is Riddle making these changes?
    • To respect Japan’s laws and to avoid legal issues while competing in NJPW.
  • What is the significance of Riddle’s move to NJPW?
    • It marks a new chapter in his career, showcasing his adaptability and respect for cultural differences.
  • Who will Matt Riddle be facing in his upcoming NJPW event?
    • He is set to challenge Hiroshi Tanahashi at the “The New Year Dash” event.
  • Has Matt Riddle been arrested before?
    • No, he has never been arrested and intends to maintain a clean record.
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