NBC Washington has a new article up with quotes from Alex Riley, in which he discusses the transition from football to wrestling, his start with the WWE, and more. In the following excerpt, Riley discusses the similarities and differences between football and WWE:
“There are a lot of similarities between football and wrestling. The obvious ones are the contact, the amount of discipline that it takes to get through it. They’re both very grueling on your body.”
“I always tell people that when you’re a football player, you’re really a number under a jersey. As a WWE Superstar, you’re a total personality. From the moment you walk through the curtain, they see everything. You’re not covered at all. You’re out there in trunks, they can see your face at all times. I think there’s nine or 10 cameras out there that can catch the way you’re feeling, what you say, the way you look, how you move at any moment once your start performing. It’s very difficult to learn how you’ve always gotta be in character.”
Riley also discussed the role The Miz played during his start in WWE:
“I could not have written a better start to my career. I started on NXT and it was a lot of fun having The Miz help me out because he was such an established performer already, so to go into that show with him was a gift. And then to be a part of his run as WWE Champion was incredible. The situation was incredible. Being able to be in the ring with guys like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena, Roddy Piper and to help headline Wrestlemania with Miz, Rock and John Cena, I couldn’t have asked for any more.”
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