WWE alum Alex Riley, 36, is Steel Horse in the new Netflix comedy series “GLOW” which will premiere on Friday, June 23.
His birth name is Kevin Kiley Jr., a former Boston College and CFL football player. When his football career ended, he turned to professional wrestling with the Blessing of his famous father, a high-profile sports commentator.
A former FCW champion, Riley became a WWE superstar and commentator, including color commentating NXT matches on the WWE Network.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked him 106 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2011.
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Here is an audio interview with Riley about GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), acting, his character Steel Horse, FCW, NXT, WWE, his famous father, Boston College, The U, Dusty Rhodes, how he got his start, Verne Gagne, commentating, women's wrestling and more.
The series premiere of “GLOW,” the new Netflix comedy, is Friday, June 23 starring Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”), Betty Gilpin (“Nurse Jackie”) and comedian/author Marc Maron.
GLOW is the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the 1980s.
GLOW tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture perfect life is not what it seems. And at the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up, B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling stardom.
GLOW is created by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Orange Is The New Black, Weeds). Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann are executive producers alongside Flahive and Mensch who are serving as show runners
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