Neville Leaves WWE
On the 9th October, 2017, Neville reportedly walked out on WWE shortly before that night’s Raw. He had apparently been unhappy with his position in the company for a while – frustrated with the glass ceiling imposed on 205 Live wrestlers and finding out his former Cruiserweight No. 1 contender Austin Aries was making more money for fewer dates than him outside the company.
Finding out he was scheduled to lose to Enzo Amore in the night’s main event was supposedly the last straw, causing Neville to do a 720 flip out the arena not to be heard from again.
Despite a brief flurry of “positive discussions”about him returning to action the following month, Fightful revealed in January that WWE had frozen Neville’s contract – meaning one of the most impressive wrestlers in the world was forced to just sit at home. He supposedly moved back to his native Newcastle in England and kept a low profile – with even Triple H saying he’d have to check on Neville’s exact status when asked about it at a recent NXT conference call.
But with All In approaching, the event’s organiser Cody Rhodes tantalisingly tweeted: “I miss Neville”, sparking speculation that Neville had found a way out of his contract and would be able to appear at the September 1st show. Cody’s fellow All In promoter Matt Jackson of the Young Bucks then replied: “Me too. I talked to him the other day. He’s good.”
That speculation has since turned into an almost sure thing, with Pro Wrestling Sheet breaking “Neville is no longer under contract with WWE.” The site doesn’t know when or how the two sides parted ways – only that he’s free!
The Wrestling Observer has since corroborated the report, revealing WWE have confirmed the news themselves to Dave Meltzer, and that “Neville is free to wrestle elsewhere now.”
The ‘now’ part of that sentence is crucial, as WWE releases often come with 30 to 90 day no compete clauses, meaning Neville wouldn’t be able to wrestle right away. Right away at, say, I don’t know, arguably the biggest non-WWE wrestling show of the last decade, All In this Saturday.
Now that Neville can start appearing for different wrestling promotions right away, him appearing at All In has suddenly become a near certainty, especially with Bullet Club member Marty Scurll posting a picture with the event’s booker Matt Jackson of them both holding a WWE action figure of the Man that Gravity Is About To Forget Again.
But who could Neville face at the show?
Ten matches have already been announced for the card, tying up most of the best wrestlers in the world. Kazuchika Okada is facing Scurll, Kenny Omega is taking on Pentagon Jr. , Rey Mysterio is in a six man tag.. if only there was an equally impressive high-flying British wrestler who hasn’t already declared himself All I–
Oh hi there, Will Ospreay – who’s tweeted:
Give. Me. PAC.
‘PAC’ is what Neville was called before he signed with WWE in 2012 – a name he’ll likely revert to once back on the independent scene, as WWE own the rights to ‘Neville’. But the WWE to independent traffic isn’t a one-way street… or fly zone in Neville’s case…
Bullet Club To WWE Update
As the Ring of Honor and New Japan contracts of the Bullet Club’s major players – Cody, Omega, The Young Bucks and Hangman Page – all expire before the two promotions’ huge, 15,000 seat sell out G1 Supercard show in Madison Square Garden on WrestleMania weekend in April.
And staying true to the faction’s entrance music – ‘Bullet Club 4 4 4 Lyfe’ – Cody has revealed the five men have verbally agreed with each other to take their next step together “as a family”. This will give the group a tremendous amount of leverage in negotiating their next contract – be it with ROH, New Japan… or even WWE.