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NJPW debut for former WWE Superstar CONFIRMED

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In a significant development in the world of professional wrestling, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) has officially confirmed the in-ring debut of former WWE Superstar, Matt Riddle.

This announcement marks a new chapter in Riddle’s career, following his departure from WWE under intriguing and controversial circumstances.

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Riddle’s NJPW Debut: A New Beginning

Riddle is set to make his NJPW debut at the highly anticipated ‘Battle in the Valley‘ event, scheduled for January 13th in San Jose, California.

This event promises to be a landmark moment in Riddle’s career, as he steps into the NJPW ring for the first time.

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The Match-Up: A Fresh Challenge

In what is shaping up to be a thrilling encounter, Riddle will team up with a yet-to-be-revealed partner to face the formidable duo of Zack Sabre Jr and Bad Dude Tito.

This match is not just a debut for Riddle but also a reunion of sorts, as he has not faced Zack Sabre Jr since their last encounter in 2018.

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Riddle’s Journey: From WWE to NJPW

Riddle’s move to NJPW comes after a series of incidents that strained his relationship with WWE, leading to the termination of his contract.

Despite this, Riddle has expressed no ill will over his WWE release, viewing his new venture into NJPW as the next challenge in his professional wrestling journey.

NJPW Battle in the Valley: A Star-Studded Event

The ‘Battle in the Valley’ event is set to feature a star-studded lineup, including matches like Will Ospreay vs Kazuchika Okada, Shingo Takagi vs Jon Moxley, and Eddie Kingston defending the AEW Continental Crown Championship against Gabe Kidd.

Riddle’s match adds another layer of excitement to this already electrifying event.


  • When is Matt Riddle’s NJPW debut?
    • Riddle’s debut is scheduled for January 13th at the ‘Battle in the Valley’ event.
  • Who will Matt Riddle be facing in his debut match?
    • Riddle will team up with a mystery partner to face Zack Sabre Jr and Bad Dude Tito.
  • What led to Matt Riddle’s departure from WWE?
    • Riddle’s WWE contract was terminated following a series of incidents that affected his relationship with the company.
  • Is the ‘Battle in the Valley’ event exclusive to NJPW?
    • Yes, it’s an NJPW event featuring several high-profile matches.
  • Where can fans watch the ‘Battle in the Valley’ event?
    • Details about viewing options are typically available on NJPW’s official website or through their broadcasting partners.
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