So Alex Riley joined in on commentary during the (pretty decent) Miz/Bryan match this past RAW. I thought Riley did very well despite being dissed by both Cole and Matthews. Urdnot Wrex has been predicting A-RI's release ever since his DUI and Riley is constantly mocked on this forum for his botches. Personally I can't see them squandering his potential - he looks and sounds good on TV. However, Cole's subtle jabs have me worried.
Perhaps (likely) I'm overanalyzing this but when Cole said to Riley "Miz has had a wonderful week, I understand, here in Hollywood and Los Angeles. You've been carrying his bags all over the place as Miz has been auditioning for a lot of movie roles."
Riley took it gracefully - "Yeah, I take his bags, I learn when I can and I help to contribute in any way" etc. Matthews calls him a butler, Riley fires back that Josh is Cole's butler and then there is some awkward silence. I guess my question is why does Cole dis Riley? It makes no sense kayfabe wise (they're both all about Miz.)
He's done a great job at the role he's been given - lackey that gets his ass kicked to save his mentor, but I don't see why he's not given even a slight push. Feed him frickin' Yoshi Tatsu or Curt Hawkins but for fuck's sake, give him a shred of credibility!
The Rock's epic return had me thinking about who among the current roster, if given the opportunity, could one day match his trash talking skills? Riley and Punk (and of course Jericho) top the list.