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WWE Superstar seemingly hits out at Super League stars

There is no one else on the planet who can claim to have played at Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley stadium and against big teams like Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens as well as performing at the AT & T Stadium in Texas at Wrestlemania 38.

But the one man who can is former Hull KR and Salford Red Devils star Luke Menzies who is now known as Ridge Holland in the WWE.

He became the first Yorkshireman to participate in the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania and he was back in England for the Money in the Bank Premium Live Event.

“Yes and no,” he said when asked if it felt like home, “London is a long way from Yorkshire. It is always to come back and we’re spoilt now we have done two shows for these fans.

“They bring the football match feel, the crowd do what they want and I am looking forward to seeing it.

“Yeah it is always nice to come back, you miss home. It is quite a departure from life in Britain, it is nice to get back in front of the fans.”

He also revealed how his journey to the WWE came about:

“I was always a fan of WWE from a young age, I was actually on my honeymoon and I got let go by the club I was playing for at the time and I saw a Tweet that night from William Regal championing the coaching services of Matty Jones.

“So I messaged him straight away and he got back to me so I flew home and started wrestling practice, six months later WWE tryout, yeah.

“It truly is one door closes and another opens.”

When asked if he still keeps in touch with his rugby mates he had some interesting comments: “I considered getting into wrestling earlier in my career, when I was 20 and when I was 24 but I told the wrong people who said ‘what do you want to do that for?’

“So I stayed within myself. Those are the same people who now ask me for tickets.”

Asked if he is still interested in rugby league, he said: “I am mates with Keegan Hirst and Batty at Batley and Josh Griffin at Hull FC so I keep an eye on them but on the whole no.

“I have closed the door on that part of my life though I am grateful for it because it shaped who I am.”

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