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Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Alex Riley

Alex Riley

Alex Riley, a star in college football and the son of a previous Miss Virginia and an ESPN sportscaster, graduated from Boston College with degrees in finance and communications. When he joined WWE NXT in 2010, he embraced his jock persona, donning a varsity letterman’s blazer and referring to himself as “The Rare Breed.” 

The relationship ended after Riley felt insulted by The Awesome One, which prompted A-Ry to lash out at The Miz. Riley fought against past World Champions on his own, but he finally settled into a position as a commentator on WWE NXT and the WWE Network Pre-Shows. Here is all the information you require about Alex.

Territory Expansion (2007-2010) 

Kevin Kiley agreed to sign a developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2007 and was given Florida Championship Wrestling as his designated area (FCW). Under his real identity Kevin Kiley, he made his wrestling debut against Shawn Osbourne on October 30, 2007, and went on to compete against wrestlers, including Sebastian Slater & Jack Gabriel. He changed his stage identity to Carson Oakley in September 2008. 

He started working with Scotty Goldman under the guise of Oakley, and in November, the two challenged TJ Wilson and DH Smith for FCW Floridian Tag Team Championships in vain. Early in December, he changed his name to Alex Riley and adopted the persona of a college jock, replete with a letterman’s jacket as part of his outfit. He hired Beverly Mullins as his manager, and Mullins developed the persona of a prom queen to match his jock shtick.

He was Washington’s “top draft selection” when he joined the FCW general manager’s team in 2009. Consequently, in July, he was dubbed the top challenger for Tyler Reks’ FCW Floridian Heavyweight Championships. In August, he was defeated in a triple-threatening contest against Reks & Johnny Curtis. He wrestled versus Jamie Noble, Montel Vontavious Porter, Jimmy Wang Yang, and others in several dark matches in the middle of 2009 before Raw and SmackDown. 

He also made an appearance at a house event. Riley fired Mullins as his manager on the FCW show airing on August 30 and referred to her as “dead weight.”

Riley won the FCW Floridian Heavyweight Championship on March 18, 2010, after defeating Justin Gabriel & Wade Barrett in a triple threat contest. He summoned Barrett out and compensated him for his assistance as hired help after winning the title. Riley lost the championship to Mason Ryan inside a triple threat event on July 22’s FCW tapings, including Johnny Curtis. Riley fought Ryan again at the September 22 television tapings but lost by submission.

Partnership with the Miz (2010–2011) 

The Miz said that Riley would receive guidance from him for WWE NXT season two on June 1. On the June 8 program, he earned his NXT debut. However, he did not take part in a match. On the next week of NXT, he made his ring entrance and defeated Kaval. Two weeks later, Kaval paid it forward by pinning Riley together in a six-man tag team contest. Riley was placed fourth during the first poll later that evening.

Riley rose to third place in the second vote on the NXT program airing on July 27, following Michael McGillicutty & Kaval. In a six-man battle royal on August 9’s Raw, the rookies competed, and Riley teamed up alongside Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty to beat Lucky Cannon, Kaval, and Percy Watson. Riley avoided being eliminated after his side lost a replay the next night, dropping to the fifth position in the vote. 

Riley finished third overall and was ejected by NXT in the final season on August 31. He made an appearance on the September 6 edition of Raw, as he attempted to assist his instructor, The Miz, after Daniel Bryan had put him in the LeBell Twist submission hold, but instead found himself in the hold. He returned the next week, taking The Miz’s place in a submission battle against Bryan; however, he was unsuccessful.

Personal Life

His mother was a former Miss Virginia, while his father worked as an ESPN sportscaster. His younger brother exists. Kiley played basketball and football at Robinson Junior High in Fairfax, Virginia. He afterward transferred to Boston College and declared communications major. He started as the quarterback for the Boston College Eagles football team before switching positions in the 2001 campaign.

On November 17, 2010, around 1:14 a.m. in Tampa, Florida, Kiley was detained on suspicion of DUI after refusing to submit to a test. On a $500 bail, he was let out at 9:33 in the morning. Kiley was also accused of operating a vehicle when her license was revoked. In June 2011, the charges were dismissed after a court determined that there wasn’t any justification for the traffic stop.

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