WWE News: Chris Jericho, The Miz unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in GLOW
Both Chris Jericho and the Miz auditioned for a role that eventually went to Alex Riley.
What’s the story?
On the Nov 24 episode of Talk is Jericho, Chris Jericho welcomed Chavo Guerrero, Kimmy Gatewood and Rebecca Johnson to the podcast to share some stories from their time on the set of the Netflix show GLOW.
The group discussed stunts, bumps, costumes and gimmicks before Jericho revealed that he had in fact auditioned for the role of Steel Horse in the show—a role that instead went to his former WWE colleague Alex Riley.
In case you didn’t know…
Released on Netflix earlier this summer, GLOW is a fictional comedy-drama based on the real-life rise of the Glorious Ladies of Wrestling promotion in Las Vegas in the mid-1980s.
Gatewood and Johnson play the Beatdown Biddies on the series, while Guerrero is the show’s wrestling trainer and stunt coordinator.
Going in depth
Deep into the podcast, at around the 56-minute mark, Jericho reveals that he auditioned for the role of Steel Horse after a WWE show in Edmonton. He continues, "I didn’t get it, and not only did I not get it, Alex Riley got it, who’s about a one on the scale of wrestling notoriety."
Guerrero then notes being in on the casting process and mentions that the Miz also auditioned but was overlooked as well. That’s the same Miz that Riley played lackey to all those years back in WWE...
Guerrero also revealed that Riley got the role after taking his audition to the next level, coming out in a bathrobe and in full-costume for the part.
Following the success of season one, GLOW has been renewed for a second season, with a release currently expected for some time in June 2018.
It's interesting to hear some of the names who tried out for a role in GLOW, although you do wonder if the producers missed a trick by not having some of Jericho or Miz’s name value feature on the show. Then again, maybe they were keen to distance the series from any kind of WWE branding, which, in fairness, was probably a pretty smart call.
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