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Did WWE Drop The Ball With Alex Riley?

Discussion in 'Wrestling Forum' started by Jamster26, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Jamster26

    Jamster26 Well-Known Member Subscriber

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    We have to go back months and months, to find the last time we saw Riley appear on a Raw show and the last time I saw him live on TV, he ate an RKO on his Smackdown debut.

    During Riley’s feud with the Miz, everything seemed to be going for him. The crowd was starting to get behind him. (Incredible reaction on the Piper’s Pit) and after beating Miz, I think he should have really gone on to challenge for the United States title. WWE should really have struck whilst the Iron was hot.

    As it is now, I haven’t seen him for ages and in my book, it’s another case of a missed opportunity, in getting someone over to the next level.

    What do you think? Do you think WWE dropped the ball with him?
     
  2. Suphix

    Suphix New Member

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    It's funny you should create this thread, as I was thinking of doing it myself yesterday. I agree with what you have said above, Riley has a good in ring presence and the crowd seemed to genuinely get behind him. He was building up nicely, to see what the WWE are doing with him now is nothing short of an injustice in my opinion.

    I think the largest part of the problem is that during the feud with the Miz and towards the end of it when he seemed to gain a substantial following, I don't think WWE creative really saw that happening - I don't think they had any idea of what the outcome of it would be or how the fans would take to him. Ultimately I don't think they had penciled in anything for him after that because of it, which probably lead to the huge disappointment of doing jack with him, which is just a real waste and a shame. But hey, doesn't that seem to be the story with just about all the good up and commers? Don't have a plan in advance? You're screwed. The suits decide you're not ready for it? See you on superstars.

    It's just a real shame. I am sure some people here would not agree and could care less what happens to/with Riley, but for me there is something there and properly utilized could be a big star. Even now I rarely skip past a Riley match, albeit they are short right now and nothing short of squashes, but you can just tell when a wrestler has "it", for me this guy has got it. If the WWE had any sense about them they would get the guy built up and pushed a bit, because he could do a lot for the company. Going from how he has been used of late though, things don't look too promising. I hope I am wrong.
     
  3. dsrchris

    dsrchris Am disappoint, son Subscriber Senior Moderator

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    I don't think they dropped the ball, just that Riley was green as goose sh*t, and wasn't able to back up this surge in interest all of a sudden. I think they did the right thing instead of trying to push him when he couldn't get the job done.
     
  4. Jamster26

    Jamster26 Well-Known Member Subscriber

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    How do you mean, Chris? From what I saw, he was decent enough in the ring and although his promos were abit lacking (crowd interaction etc), I think he showed more than enough promise, for WWE to stick with him? Like I said, I think they should have struck, whilst the iron was hot, in my opinion. And the iron was piping! :lol:
     
  5. Dante Spears

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    The crowd popped and cared about his entrance music. That's the extent of Alex Riley
     
  6. dsrchris

    dsrchris Am disappoint, son Subscriber Senior Moderator

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    He went off the boil rapidly, and his in ring work wasn't all that from what I remember. He did good when he got to kick Miz's a*s, but the match or two I saw after that where he actually had to work instead of just tearing in there all angry weren't too great. I just think if they had given him a big push, he wouldn't have been able to pick his work rate up in time before the backlash begun. At a time where we all go mad at WWE for pushing green guys who aren't ready for the position they're about to be put in, I think they actually made the right call for a change.
     
  7. Fatherof10minis

    Fatherof10minis New Member

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    I agree that alex riley was gonna get pushed too fast and was as green as my st. Pattys day beer was. I just hope he doesnt fall into oblivion and he appears soon. He wasnt around very long so it will be easy for fans to forget who he was in the first place. I think he has decent mic skills to carry while he improves his ring work.
     
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    I think that, while he was a tad green, they could have put him the ring with some good vets and he would have over come that. His mic skills, while not great, were better than other guys who did get pushes at the time. So, in answer to the question, unless they do something with him soon, they did indeed drop the ball.
     
  9. Jimmy Redman

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    His ring work? Thats what we're going with as a reason why WWE didnt give a guy a midcard push?

    Actually you're probably right to some extent, since that was the word on the street at the time. I remember the botched Swagger Bomb being particularly bad for his rep. And its a shame because, well first of all, who the f*ck cares about ring work, and secondly he's really not that bad at all. Green yes, but not bad, not to the point where you'd kill a promising push for it. He had good matches with Miz (which is more of an achievement than it sounds if you think about it), he's had great matches with Swagger, and if you watch him on the C Shows he's a perfectly fine worker.

    To me Riley's biggest problem is that he really shouldnt be a babyface. He's a heel, he looks like a heel, he talks like a heel. His best asset by far is his promo work, but its heel promos and he cant utilise that while he's a face. During his push, and even now, I think he's done a fantastic job at playing a role that really doesnt come naturally to him, sort of like how Justin Gabriel was a pretty good heel for 12 months.
     
  10. ViciousPrism

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    This. The crowd popped more for Downstait than they ever did for A-Ry.
     
  11. Jimmy Redman

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    He is blessed with an amazing theme song.
     
  12. Jamster26

    Jamster26 Well-Known Member Subscriber

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    Just imagine a Downstait version of Just Close Your Eyes...

    I see something in Riley though.

    I agree with Jimmy, He's more of a heel but I think he adapted to a face, pretty well.

    Anyway, I hope we get to see him back soon. Is he even on Superstars? I've watched it a few times but never seen him.
     
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    He's a regular on NXT. He teams with Percy Watson a lot I think.
     
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    I Think They Did A-Ray Could Of Been A Great New Star In The WWE And Wrestler If The Company Had Spent More Time On Him!! Personally I Like A-Ray And Think They Should Bring Him Back To Fued With The Miz As They Did Not Really Finish That Story Line Of. And Yes I No His Wrestling Skills Where Not The Best But With A Bit Of Help I Think He Could Be A Really Good Player In The Company!
     
  15. Ciaran The King

    Ciaran The King Legend in the making Subscriber

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    Yes WWE did drop the ball with Riley. The guy ha it all confidence, charisma, wrestling ability, promo ability. My understanding after reading a few articles is that he was meant to be the breakout star of 2012.
     

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