Most pro wrestling analysts expected the final Tough Enough 2011 contestants to get at minimum a WWE developmental deal when the show ended. That may be why Jeremiah Riggs “MMA” was a bit salty when he found out that the WWE would not need his services.
To me, Riggs was one of the standout wrestlers of the show. I know a lot of people rave about Luke Robinson‘s charisma, but to me it was Jeremiah Riggs that had the most charisma or “it!” It was Riggs, not Robinson or winner Andy Leavine that seemed to get the biggest crowd reactions in front of the RAW crowd. That is why I was a little surprised when I heard that Riggs would not continue chasing his pro wrestling dreams in a WWE ring.
Riggs was equally surprised. After getting a look in the WWE developmental territory, FCW, the MMA fighter was told by the company that he was free to seek work elsewhere. According to Riggs, he was told that he has a “bad attitude” and that he is “average.” Riggs may be out but he isn’t leaving quietly as he is lashing out against the company and his former Tough Enough coach on his personal blog.
Riggs talked about his experience in FCW and trainer Bill DeMott in a very lengthy blog post. Here are some of the highlights.
Listen I am a Jeremiah Riggs fan, but let’s call a spade a spade here. He was very underwhelming in the ring. It appeared towards the end of the show that Luke and even Andy had far surpassed Riggs’ level. Riggs was a natural athlete, but he appeared at times to have trouble putting it all together. He may have been doing stuff that Luke and Andy couldn’t do in pieces, but he appeared to be fairly clumsy and forgetful as the competition advanced.
“What do they want in a superstar? I don’t need a character. I’m Jeremiah Riggs. I don’t need a new name or gimmick. The WWE has a sh$#ty developmental roster. No one stands out. They are all scared of failure and half of them have been there for years. They are all the same and do the same stuff. Sure, they have a few guys that have potential but they are all clones. But I’m not going to be just like everybody else. What are they going to do send me home? You can’t scare someone who ain’t afraid.”
He has a point. There is a prevailing line of thought that the WWE has an exact mold in which they want their talent to pattern their style in and out of the ring from. He also has a point that when you watch FCW, a lot of the talent is the same without anyone sticking out. Jeremiah Riggs also wouldn’t be the first independent pro wrestler to get heat for having a little too much “attitude.” At the same time, you could argue that you would want people in your company that want to be the very best.
“He’s (Bill DeMott) changed man. He thinks he is somebody because he was the big man on the show. I guess Hollywood went to his head. Sure he had a mediocre wrestling career and found new life on Tough Enough. I don’t give a sh*t. I’ll whoop his fat a$s. He’s no better than me. If I was to shoot on him who is going to stop me? Andy sure as hell ain’t. I’ve rolled with some badass heavyweights like Jon Madsen and Scott Barrett. Seriously, what is Bill DeMott going to do to me? All he could do about it is write another chapter in his sorry book about how he got run over by Big Rigg when he gets his arm out of the cast. I lost all respect for Bill. If he only knew what the boys say about his fat lazy a$s he wouldn’t even come to work. I’m sure he will read this and put something on Twitter about it. I don’t care. He might have Twitter muscles but I’m the real deal. He said I was green? The only thing green on me was the shit stain on my boot I stuck up his a#$.”
It didn’t take long for Riggs to strike a chord with some of the hard working WWE wrestlers in FCW. Former Ring of Honor champion and FCW wrestler Seth Rollins (Tyler Black) tweeted to one of Riggs’ former Tough Enough 2011 cast mates, Matt Cross.
Ever notice how everyone is about to kick an MMA fighter’s butt 10 minutes after they leave?