It was only a few weeks after his title win that the nationwide shutdown was put in place. WWE would move to the Performance Center for all events and fans would disappear from ringside. I can only imagine how surreal this was or would be, especially for someone like Riddick Moss who only just arrived at the main roster. I would pull Truth, Tozawa, Gulak, and Moss aside to film videos for the 24/7 Championship to air and virtual interviews with Riddick explaining his path to WWE.
The virtual interviews would be designed to test Moss’s comfort level with free-range interviews and the other would test his entertainment skill, but also add depth to his character. Having to watch your back all day every day can make even the sanest man crazy. Riddick would to show signs of being paranoid and not staying focused, which causes him to lose the championship that was meant to give him his big break, and at Wrestlemania no less.
To give him a chance to breathe, Riddick will disappear for a few weeks before returning on the April 27th edition of Raw, but he’s not alone. Riddick has a second and its former Author’s of Pain manager Paul Ellering. Why Paul? Simple, he is the one-man known for reading the Wall Street Journal and being very calculated, smarter, and respected. Also, much like he did for the AOP in NXT it will allow Riddick a chance to stick out.
For the next few weeks Ellering is seen “training” Moss by going over the events that happened leading up to Wrestlemania this year involving Gulak, Truth, and Tozawa over the 24/7 Title. The final video shows Ellering asking Riddick how did you spend your Wrestlemania? Moss says “I wasn’t there” and Paul exclaims “Now what is wrong with that picture.”
Riddick has attention set on Drew Gulak then Tozawa pretty handily dispatches them. Shifting his focus to the champion R-Truth demanding a fair contest against the champion which is tough to offer, but Adam Pearce gives him his request. Moss meets Truth on June 14th as a part of the Backlash kick off show where Moss regains his championship from Truth becoming a two time 24/7 champion.
Almost immediately though Moss shows he’s going to be a different champion outsmarting those who pursue him and defending himself, fighting off attackers. Proving that aligning with Ellering was a good choice for him and is included in the main card for Extreme Rules in a Triple Threat match with Truth and Drew Gulak included in the match. The following week Riddick alongside Ellering appear on Smackdown declaring that as 24/7 he shouldn’t be condemned to appearing on just one show or the other and is out to prove himself in WWE not just on Raw.
First week Grayson Waller from 205 Live appears to challenge the reigning champion and then Shane Thorne comes close to defeating him but Moss again wins. Before heading back to Raw, the duo have an encounter with Universal Champion Roman Reigns, who praise Riddick for realizing he could use some help and selecting someone like Paul Ellering to lead him in the right direction.
Truth challenges Moss again for Summerslam but Ellering makes Pearce declare if Truth loses he will not be allowed to challenge for the title with Moss as champion. Truth agrees and loses at Summerslam after Elias and Jaxson Ryker try to get the gold. Either way, Truth is now out of the title picture thanks to Elias and Ryker. Moss on the other hand now has the Lucha House Party coming after him for the gold as we move to the Clash of Champions PPV. Moss continues to impress running the gauntlet against Lucha House Party at Clash of Champions keeping the gold.
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