Since leaving WWE, Alex Riley has not been in the ring except as Steel Horse in GLOW.
On Fightful Wrestling's podcast The List and Ya Boy, Alex Riley discussed his career after leaving WWE in early 2016. He looked into acting after WWE and fortunately found a role quickly. He played a wrestler named Steel Horse (who wrestled in PWG's Reseda venue) on the Netflix series GLOW. Riley told Fightful he has not taken any bookings since WWE and prefers to focus on his acting.
"I haven't even done an autograph signing since WWE and I kind of parted ways," said Riley. "I don't think for now, I'm going to. I love it out here, I enjoy the acting business for right now. I'm not saying it's over by any means, I would certainly, if the situation was right, get back into a ring and put my boots on. But for right now, I think I'm going to put everything I have into this," he continued.
Riley's last televised match was against Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT. He had been with WWE for nearly a decade.
Also on the podcast, Riley talked about the differences between being a wrestler in WWE and playing a wrestler as an actor. He mentioned the difference of having a crowd being cued to cheer him and not being able to tear his shirt off with the first try. Some of the process was "pretty much identical" according to Riley but the "polar opposite" in other ways when comparing it to being a wrestler.
The List and Ya Boy airs Wednesdays on FightfulPods.com.