I like to set goals that seem impossible.
Wrestling is one of the hardest things, and it has nothing to do with the extremely hard physical part of it. It has to do with the psychological part of it.
I was probably one of the top three or four wrestlers in the world on the indies, just killing it. Nobody really saw me going to a bigger company because of my past and just how people view me.
Not only do I have fun in the ring, but I have fun walking out to the ring. I have fun walking away from the ring.
I'm usually just so laid back most of the times.
I'm already a personable person. I always try to smile and get to know somebody and say hello - even when people are trying not to talk to me.
I always had watched pro wrestling. I happened to be watching the WWE Network one day and started watching differently: I wasn't watching it as a fan, but instead I was watching it as something that I could possibly be a part of.
Pro wrestling fans love what they watch, and they go out to enjoy and have fun.
Lesnar is a bully. I'd hurt him and show him that he couldn't hurt me. That doesn't sound too technical, but in a fight with Brock Lesnar, you need to go after him.
Any match with Keith Lee is definitely circled on my calendar.
The thing for me is - and one of the reasons I was never a fan of Goldberg in the beginning when everybody was like 'Oh, he's so good! - I was like, 'No, he's terrible, he's hurting people', and there's nothing else. He just has three-minute matches.
Everybody in wrestling is usually a pretty nice guy, they're all just hard workers trying to get their opportunities.
I am not the biggest fan of Dana White.
I got into the UFC after six months of training. I started doing jiu-jitsu, had my first fight, tried out for 'The Ultimate Fighter', and got on.
Promoters saw the potential in me and the value in me. It was because of companies like Evolve, PWG, Progress, and Beyond Wrestling. Those are the big ones that gave me a push and made my name worth something on the indies.
My striking isn't the prettiest, and I hit really hard.
It's almost like my life is a fairytale.
In wrestling, sports entertainment, I get to fight in front of people; I get to wrestle in front of people; I get to entertain people sometimes four times a week - all around the country, all around the world.
I have a huge amount of respect for Lesnar. You know, he's done everything since he came into it. He works hard. You don't look like Lesnar without working hard.
I've always been a bro, and I've used the word 'bro' a lot.
Me and Kyle O'Reilly have wrestled all around the world. We've done good work.
I just like people that bring in a very competitive mentality to pro wrestling.
I love fighting, but I don't miss waiting months upon months just to fight once in front of people and then have to wait months again to fight once in front of people.
I'm a pretty nice guy.
My goal is to make wrestling more like mixed martial arts.
That's why I like the indies: because I like being who I am. I get to be who I am in the ring, on the microphone, everywhere. It's great. I never have to get out of character because I am Matthew Riddle.
I'll be honest, when I first started pro wrestling, everybody else did clotheslines better than me. They did everything about pro wrestling better than me. But when it comes to fighting, getting nitty and gritty, I'm the man.
I know I'm skilled - I know my background - and the people who are familiar with my credentials know better than to try me.
I always wanted to wrestle, but when you're a kid, how do you do pro wrestling? For me, it seemed like the easiest way for me was to get into amateur wrestling and go that route because it was a place where I was allowed to go.
When I first started, I had a mullet, and I was trying to play a hillbilly persona. While it was fun, it wasn't me.
With wrestling, everybody always asks what they can do to get signed or how can they get over. There's no right or wrong answers. That's why I think the best thing you can do is be yourself.
The first time I was in a ring with William Regal, I called him 'Bro', and from there, everyone just kept saying 'Bro' to me. I kept saying 'Bro', and before I knew it, I was deemed The King of Bros.
I'm pretty sure I could beat Tyron Woodley. Nothing against him.
Bill Goldberg can't wrestle.
I'm about great competition. That's why I can have a great smile beforehand and connect with the crowd, and then, when I get in the ring, I flip that switch.
I was landscaping not too long ago, so I'm extremely grateful for the people supporting me in wrestling. Not that landscaping is terrible, but I'd rather be suplexing and punching people.
I like to fight. That's who I am.
I feel like I started with wrestling, and a love of pro wrestling, that lead me to MMA and the UFC. And now it's come full circle back to pro wrestling.
I got a short - I got a temper. I fight in a cage for a living. There's a reason people like us are wired slightly different.
I try to be as humble as possible, but I'm just on another level. That's all there is to it.
In my opinion, if I was going to pick main roster guys, I've always had a hunch out for Cesaro. I just feel like if we were able to just go at it, make it a fight, I think it would be pretty sensational.
To me, the more the merrier. The more times I can get in that ring and get in front of a crowd and wrestle, the better.
I like to hit hard, I like to be hit hard, and I like really competitive matches. That's my take on pro wrestling.
My goal isn't to be one of the best; it's to change the game, to change the way things work.
I think a lot of people are excited that WWE was willing to give me a chance, and they want to see how far I can go with it.
When you have a guy like me who's a former UFC fighter and who is basically a normal guy who can do exceptional things, that connects with people rather than some random Viking who can also do exceptional things.
When I first started, I lived in Vegas because I was fighting in the UFC, and I was still fighting after the UFC.
I have to say, running in flip-flops through the airport can be pretty tricky.
If someone comes up to me and asks for an autograph or picture, who am I to say no?
I think with the right opportunity, I can go as far as I want, but you never know.