“We Really Didn’t Like Each Other”- Alex Riley Blames Beef with John Cena for his Failed Push in WWE

Published 06/22/2021, 9:15 AM EDT


In 2010, Alex Riley stepped into the WWE as The Miz’s bodyguard/valet. He played the antagonist role to perfection, but had untapped babyface potential. Unfortunately, his push did not materialise, and he’s constantly blamed John Cena for it. In the past weeks, he’s been very vocal about his issues with the sixteen-time champion.

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Alex Riley explains his volatile relationship with John Cena

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Many fans and wrestlers have labeled John Cena a shark. They claim he holds back talent in order to rise to the top and stake his claim as the face of the WWE. Although many have refuted that claim and attributed his rise to his innate talent, people like Alex Riley have claimed it’s a political move.

Speaking on the Hall of Fame podcast with WWE legend Booker T, the former WWE superstar opened up on his issues with Cena without actually taking his name.

“I have said that I would come back for one night with one conversation with one unnamed person. I believe we all know who it is, and then I’m going to also say that there was a situation where he stood on his belief system; of what he believed it took to be a main event wrestler in the WWE, and I stood on mine.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 16: WWE Superstar Alex Riley attends the WWE SummerSlam VIP Kick-Off Party at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 16, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images For WWE)

“He’s not here to defend himself. I wouldn’t do that to another man in the business. I’ve spoken my piece on Instagram the best I could, but I believe a certain somebody deserves the right to defend himself for what he believed it took to make it in that business, in sports entertainment. A business I love that I gave my life to equally, and we both had different belief systems.”

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Is it fair to blame Cena for his downfall?

John Cena is one of the greatest of all time. He was a great wrestler, gold on the mic, sold tickets and put WWE on the pinnacle of sports entertainment in the 2000s and 2010s. However, he’s faced criticism for alleged backstage politics. Alex Riley himself claimed there was politics involved in the ending of his main event push.

“We just really didn’t like each other. I don’t think that’s even a secret anymore. I try to do the best I could to play, and I don’t even wanna say play, right? Every business is political, I understand that.”

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Riley has taken to Instagram to take shots at Cena and challenging him to a match. However, he has one condition for the match with Cena- the unionization of sports entertainment.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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