Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing an interview that involves a rare breed.
Wrestler: “The Rare Breed”, “The Varsity Villain” Alex Riley.
Background Information: Alex Riley is billed from Georgetown, Virginia. He is trained by the FCW staff from Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).
In 2007, he signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was assigned to their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).
On October 30, 2007, he debuted in a losing effort to Shawn Osbourne under his real name Kevin Kiley and later faced off with wrestlers like Sebastian Slater and Jack Gabriel.
In September 2008, he changed his ring name to Carson Oakley. As Oakley, he began teaming with Scotty Goldman and the pairing unsuccessfully challenged TJ Wilson and DH Smith for the Florida Tag Team Championship in November.
In early December, he underwent another name change, calling himself Alex Riley and developing the gimmick of a university jock, complete with a letterman’s jacket as a part of his attire. He gained Beverly Mullins as a manager and to fit with his jock gimmick, Mullins adopted the gimmick of a prom queen.
In 2009, he joined FCW General Manager Abraham Washington’s cabinet, being called Washington’s top draft pick. As a result, he was named the number one contender to Tyler Reks’ FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship in July.
In mid-2009, he competed in several dark matches prior to Raw and SmackDown, wrestling against Jamie Noble, Montel Vontavious Porter and Jimmy Wang Yang, and also appeared at house show.
On August 30, 2009, on an episode of FCW, he dropped Mullins as his manager, calling her dead weight.
Throughout his FCW career, he became a Florida Heavyweight Champion. He competed with FCW until he was called up to the main roster.
On June 1, 2010, The Miz announced that he would be mentoring him for the second season of WWE NXT. He made his NXT debut on June 8, 2010, but did not compete in a match. He made his in-ring debut on the following edition of NXT, defeating Kaval.
He was eliminated from NXT in the season finale on August 31, 2010, ending up in third place overall. After Kaval was announced as the winner, he and the other eliminated rookies attacked him.
He appeared on an episode of Raw on September 6, 2010, when he tried to help his mentor The Miz who had been placed in the LeBell Lock submission hold by Daniel Bryan, but ended up being placed in the hold himself. He appeared again the following week, replacing The Miz in a submission match against Bryan, but lost.
On September 20, 2010, on an episode of Raw, The Miz announced that he had signed him to a personal services contract, allowing him to accompany The Miz to ringside and continue to appear on Raw. As The Miz’s protégé, he interfered in his matches including at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view where he unsuccessfully attempted to help The Miz’s team win.
The Miz also used him as a replacement for himself in matches which led to him facing and losing to John Cena on November 15, 2010, and Ezekiel Jackson in a King of the Ring qualifying match on November 22, 2010.
On February 28, 2011, on an episode of Raw, John Cena challenged Riley to a match where if Cena won, he would no longer be The Miz’s apprentice. The Miz accepted the match on his behalf and later that night, Cena and him faced off in a steel cage match. He lost the match despite interference from The Miz. The angle was used to write him off television as he was scheduled to be sent back to Florida Championship Wrestling to be repackaged.
Despite this, he returned on March 14, 2011, on an episode of Raw, interfering in The Miz’s match against The Great Khali. The following week, he announced that The Miz had re-hired him, this time as The Miz’s VP of Corporate Communications. He accompanied The Miz to his match at WrestleMania XXVII against Cena where he interfered several times, throwing Cena into an exposed turnbuckle, attacking him with his briefcase, and distracting the referee.
As part of the 2011 supplemental draft on April 26, 2011, he was moved to the SmackDown brand, separating him from The Miz. He debuted on SmackDown on April 29, 2011, interrupting Randy Orton, but having an RKO performed on him before he could speak. Despite being drafted, he continued to appear on Raw alongside The Miz.
On May 2, 2011, on an episode of Raw, The Miz chastised him for not being present at Extreme Rules the previous night when The Miz lost the WWE Championship to Cena. He appeared alongside The Miz at the Over the Limit pay-per-view where he attempted to help The Miz win his I Quit match against Cena, but The Miz was unsuccessful and failed to regain the WWE Championship.
The following night on Raw, The Miz fired him, blaming him for his lack of success in regaining the WWE Championship. After being slapped by The Miz, he attacked him before leaving. The following week, Michael Cole announced him had been rehired by the Anonymous Raw General Manager and he returned to Raw, as in storyline he had not been eligible to be drafted as he was under contract to The Miz, not WWE. Following an argument, he attacked Cole before chasing away The Miz who had tried to attack him from behind.
On August 1, 2011, on an episode of Raw, he began a feud with Dolph Ziggler, beginning with a verbal confrontation. He and Ziggler faced off the following week with him winning by disqualification after Vickie Guerrero, Ziggler’s manager, slapped him.
In 2012, he would suffer a 14-match losing streak, losing to the likes of Brodus Clay, Tensai and Heath Slater. He also entered the 2012 Royal Rumble as the second entrant and was eliminated first by The Miz. He ended his losing streak on May 2, 2012, on an episode of NXT when he teamed with Tyson Kidd to beat JTG and Johnny Curtis.
When the WWE Network was launched, he became known as “The Analyst” Alex Riley, adopting a persona similar to a sports commentator or agent. He was a regular member of the pre-shows for Raw and SmackDown. He also appeared on pre-shows for WWE pay-per-views as well.
In 2014, he made several untelevised appearances at WWE Live events in the ring, picking up wins over the likes of Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd.
He started a role on the commentary team on WWE Main Event and also for WWE Superstars on June 24, 2014. On the July 11, 2014, on the tapings for NXT, he became a commentator for the show until March 2015. Once he quit commentating, David Otunga replaced him on the pre-shows for Monday Night Raw.
Throughout late 2014 and early 2015, he started a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #FreeRiley as it was an attempt to get management to notice him and book him as an in-ring competitor, given that his last televised match was in 2013. After a storyline which involved him being harassed on commentary by NXT Champion Kevin Owens, he returned to televised competition on March 11, 2015, on an edition of NXT, defeating CJ Parker. After the match, Owens called him the dumbest man in NXT for returning to the ring and threatened to destroy his career.
On May 6, 2016, he was released from WWE and hasn’t wrestled since then.
My Thoughts: Alex Riley was a man that could have been a star for WWE if booked right. Even though he wasn’t great in the ring, he had the look, the presence, the character, and the charisma to be a big star for WWE. Say it to his face!
Video: This video contains an interview with Alex Riley by Matt Martlaro in late summer 2010.
My Thoughts: This was a good interview from Alex Riley here as he got to show his character and charisma as he was the Florida Heavyweight Champion during this time.
Matt Martlaro congratulated Alex Riley for his title defense last week and wants to know from Alex Riley if he’s going to let anyone more worthy of facing him for the Florida Heavyweight Championship. Alex Riley then stopped Matt Martlaro and told him that he have gave someone an opportunity last week because he’s a generous guy. He then shoved Matt Martlaro anyway as he’s begin to speak.
Alex Riley then decided to give someone else an opportunity to face him for the Florida Heavyweight Championship and it’s going to be Percy Watson as he did catchphrases and all to end the interview.
I like how Alex Riley just shoved Matt Martlaro away so the spotlight can only be on him as he’s so full of himself. I like how he gives guys that never got opportunities at the Florida Heavyweight Championship and gives them to them, but they’re not credible enough to face him so he decided to give guys that had no chance of beating him because he wants to get easy title defenses. Also, the catch phrases that he did at the end was great to hear so props to Alex Riley for cutting a great promo here.
Good interview as Alex Riley got to show off his character and charisma.
It’s a shame that Alex Riley didn’t go anywhere in WWE as he had a chance to be a big star for them, but after his backstage incident with John Cena, his career started to go down from there and hasn’t been the same since which led to his release from WWE.
Even though he wasn’t a great wrestler in the ring, the guy has charisma and character that could help put over other talents where he could be used as a manager and he did very well as a color commentator when he had the position. He hasn’t wrestled since and hasn’t been a part of wrestling since then so whatever he does next, I wish him the best of luck whether it’s in or outside of wrestling. Say it to his face!
After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.
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