If the Miz is drafted to Smackdown!, he should take his former protégé, Alex Riley, with him. Riley saw a spike in popularity after rebelling against the Miz last spring, culminating in a pay-per-view victory over Mizanin at 2011’s Capitol Punishment.
Since then, however, the young and promising Riley has been totally buried by WWE management. His last appearance on television was a brief cameo as the second entrant in 2012’s Royal Rumble (he didn’t even last two minutes in the match).
It’s gotten so bad that Riley doesn’t even wrestle the Raw dark matches anymore. When Raw made its recent appearance in Boston, Riley (a Boston College alum) was nowhere to be found.
A big reason for Riley’s disappearance is the Raw Supershow. The top stars of Smackdown! have taken the place of Raw’s bottom feeders, leaving guys like Riley behind in the dust.
A move to Friday nights could get Riley back on TV and give him the chance to recapture his brief 2011 popularity surge.