Alex Riley Bio
Aug 22, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck
Kiley got his start with the WWE in Florida Championship Wrestling in 2007. Kiley went under the name Carson Oakley and teamed with Scotty Goldman but lost a FCW Tag Team Championship match against the reigning champions at the time TJ Wilson and David Hart Smith. Eventually, Kiley would drop the Carson Oakley name and go under the new name, Alex Riley, who’s gimmick was that of a jock wearing a letterman’s jacket. In 2009, Riley earned a FCW Heavyweight Championship match against Tyler Reks, however Roley competed against Tyler Reks and Johnny Curtis in the championship match, where Riley was unsuccessful. On March 18, 2010, Riley won the FCW Heavyweight Championship, defeating Wade Barrett and the FCW Heavyweight Champion at the time Justin Gabriel. At the end of the match, Barrett was revealed as a hired gun of sorts to help Riley win the title and was paid off for it.
Riley’s biggest opportunity came in June of 2010, when he was named one of the eight Rookies on the second season of NXT. Riley’s Pro was The Miz and defeated Kaval in his first match on NXT. In the first poll, Riley was ranked fourth. On the season finale on August 31, Riley was in the final three along with Michael McGillicutty and Kaval and was the second runner up. Riley would go on to help the rest of the NXT Rookies from that season in a beat down of the winner, Kaval.
Riley would be assigned to the Raw roster shortly after his elimination, as he would be the protege for The Miz. On the September 6th edition of Raw, Riley came to the aid of The Miz as he was attacked by Daniel Bryan. Riley was placed in the Lebell Lock and reached out to Miz for help but didn’t receive it. The next week, Riley was a substitute for The Miz in a Submission Match against Daniel Bryan and lost in 37 seconds. It was revealed the next week that Riley signed a ‘Personal Services’ contract with The Miz, allowing him to accompany The Miz to the ring. Riley replaced The Miz in the King of the Ring Qualifying match, losing to Ezekiel Jackson.
On February 28th, 2011, John Cena challenged Alex Riley to a match where if he lost, he would no longer be The Miz’a apprentice. The Miz accepted the match on Riley’s behalf and even though he interfered to help Riley, Cena was able to pull off the win. Riley was rehired by The Miz after Riley interfered in his match against The Great Khali on the March 14th edition of Raw. Riley was The Miz’s VP of Corporate Communications, allowing him to return. Riley accompanied The Miz to his match at WrestleMania against John Cena and assisted him during the contest.
In the 2011 Supplemental Draft, Roley was drafted to SmackDown. As a result, Riley did not accompany The Miz to his match at Extreme Rules, where he lost the WWE Championship to John Cena in a Steel Cage match that also involved John Morrison. Miz would go on to receive a WWE Championship match the next night on Raw but lost due to Alex Riley’s interference. After The Miz lost his ‘I Quit’ match to John Cena at Over The Limit, Miz blamed Rilet for the loss and Riley told Miz that he wasn’t the one who said ‘I Quit.’ Miz shoved Riley and Riley returned by attacking The Miz and laying him out. The following week, Riley was added back to the Raw roster and was interviewed by Michael Cole. Riley expressed no remorse for attacking The Miz and had yet another brawl with his former mentor. Riley chased The Miz away, getting the better of him again. Riley would pin The Miz clean in their first encounter at Capitol Punishment.
Riley would go on to compete in the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder match at the Money in the Bank pay per view, a match that was won by Alberto Del Rio. Riley also competed the next night in a tournament to crown a new WWE Champion after the reigning Champion, CM Punk left the company. Riley lost in an opening round match to The Miz.
Riley has since began a feud with the United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler, defeating him by disqualification on the August 8 edition of Raw.