Matt Riddle Makes NXT Debut

Matt Riddle Makes NXT Debut, Jeff Hardy/WWE Update, Impact Viewership Drops

After five consecutive week-over-week improvements, Impact viewership for Thursday’s show was down 11% to 229,000 viewers. The show went head-to-head with the Jets/Browns NFL game, which drew 8.632 million.

Matt Riddle made his WWE debut for NXT last night at a house show in Sanford, FL. Riddle defeated Fabian Archer after hitting a powerbomb followed by a knee strike. Riddle officially was revealed as WWE’s newest talent when he was shown sitting in the front row at NXT TakeOver Brooklyn last month but has yet to appear on TV for NXT. The rumored plan for him is reportedly to face Kassius Ohno for the at NXT TakeOver: War Games before Survivor Series.

As reported before, WWE seemed to initially push an injury angle for Jeff Hardy after his Hell in a Cell match against Randy Orton and he was kept off of Smackdown two nights later. However, Jeff was back in action at house shows that weekend and WWE officials have confirmed that he is going to be wrestling this weekend as well. As a result, it doesn’t appear as if any long term injury angle will be happening and Hardy is likely going to be back on TV sooner rather than later.

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