Witnessing the renewed fire burn inside Alex Riley from the last two episodes of NXT, if Tenacious D were to write a song for his video package, it would go something like this:
Just like the phoenix, Riley will fucking rise again!
That’s right the phoenix, Riley will rise again!
Alex Riley is like a phoenix because his WWE in-ring career was thought to be dead, deader than a pile of ashes blown into the wind; but he’s made the call to cease his career as a broadcast journalist for NXT and return to active competition. His motivation? Kevin Owens.
A-Ry’s first stint as a wrestler was promising starting up as The Miz’s lackey (the pre-curser to Mizdow) but he sort of fell off despite having one of the most epic entrance themes by Downstait.
The NXT champion Kevin Owens joined the commentary booth a few weeks ago to watch Finn Balor’s match with The Brian Kendrick. Alex Riley brought up Owens throwing away a friendship of fourteen years for the sake of a championship. Owens pointed out that at least he knew what it took to be a champion, unlike Riley who had never won a title in WWE. Though he may not have won a title, Riley fired back that at least he knew about being a man.
By the conclusion of the main event, Kevin Owens grabbed Riley and tossed him over the broadcast booth. Then the following week, Owens took a sip of Riley’s water bottle and poured the rest over his head. Riley, who had made a decent living in recent years calling the action, has been pulled back into the squared circle with one purpose, and one purpose only: to kick Kevin Owens’ ass!
NXT General Manager William Regal, who gave Riley the ultimatum to choose one career path over the other, will not give Riley a match with Owens until he feels he’s ready.
The Alex Riley from NXT is not the same Alex Riley from WWE a few years ago. This Alex Riley is a more serious, focused and hungry individual. This is an Alex Riley that wants to prove himself. This is the Alex Riley that needs to be set free.
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