Former WWE Superstar, Alex Riley, recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet where he discussed his reported heat and backstage situation with John Cena.
Issues between Riley and Cena have often been reported, with many claiming that this was the reason he slumped down the card. Within the interview, he addressed the situation between the two men.
“I think it came down to, in the end, two men just not liking each other. As sad as that is, it had an impact on my career because he is who he is. I just happened to be in a situation where, right from the start, it was just…he didn’t like me. I just don’t think he did. I tried to change that the best I could. I worked very hard and tried to do the best I could to grow and learn and fit in in the way a wrestler fits in and the way he wanted me to fit in. It got to the point where, even some of the other guys were like, ‘what’s up?’ ‘I don’t know.’ It was a tough situation.”
He continued, “I would hear [he didn’t like me]from other wrestlers, from time to time. It certainly didn’t seem that way when we would interact. It’s wrestling. it’s something where, you do the best you can to learn in a way that is productive and will get you better. I tried to do that the best I could. It just didn’t work out.”
Despite their situation and issues, Riley admitted that he doesn’t have any ill will towards Cena.
“No, not from me. There was one mistake that I made, or he made, where we got really crossed. And we kind of got in an argument. And I didn’t think it was going to…I went to him immediately the next day and tried to apologize for whatever happened. I think he was pretty offended. It was two grown men that didn’t see eye-to-eye at the time. I’m not holding any grudges. I certainly don’t want it hanging over my neck for the rest of my life. Towards the end of it, I think we had patched it up and figured everything out. It was a tough situation when I was there, but I respect John. I respect his work ethic and everything he’s done. I certainly didn’t expect to be on the wrong side of it.”
H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions.