Matt Riddle will be out of action for around six weeks, it was announced on Friday night’s episode of SmackDown.
The writing-off of the character was blamed on the attack by Bloodline member Solo Sikoa on the December 5th episode of Raw.
— WWE (@WWE) December 10, 2022
Michael Cole said that Riddle had “suffered significant trauma to his trachea” in the attack, which happened after Riddle and Kevin Owens lost a WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship match with the Usos.
Sikoa hit Riddle with the Samoan Spike and multiple running hip attacks, including one with a steel chair placed around Riddle’s neck.
It is not known if Riddle is dealing with any genuine injury, although a six-week timeline would line up with the 2023 Royal Rumble.