Neville’s shock departure from WWE may have caught fans by surprise, but going off the increasing number of wrestlers supporting the decision, it’s not surprising to those who have wrestled alongside the British wrestler. Among the latest to talk about the shocking development is Chris Jericho.
Commenting during an appearance on Busted Open Radio, Jericho added his opinion about the Neville situation;
“It doesn’t surprise me because I think a guy like Neville, whenever I worked with him we had great matches. He reminds me a lot, actually, of working with Chris Benoit in that he’s very hard-hitting, he’s very solid, very graceful and not stiff in the least, just a really innovative, smart worker. I think he wasn’t really getting his shot in the WWE, and the cruiserweight thing is fine but let’s be honest, it is what it is. I think there’s a lot higher potential for a guy like Neville in the ring and also the character.”
He added that walking out of the building last week wouldn’t have been a decision taken lightly:
“It’s a big step, it’s like walking off the side of a building and being told that there’s a net at the bottom, but you can’t see it. So you don’t know for sure if he’s making the right decision as of right now. But talent-wise, character-wise and intelligence-wise, he’s got all three of those things. So he’s not making this decision lightly, and I think wherever he ends up he’ll be probably a bigger star than he was before just by getting a bigger opportunity.”
It seems almost certain at this point that Neville won’t be returning to WWE in any capacity. Reports from Dave Meltzer and others within the industry suggest that WWE may seek to force Neville into sitting on his contract – a situation that could mimic that of CM Punk when he famously walked out.
It’s a terrible shame for Neville, a WWE Superstar who should have reached the top long ago. His stint in the Cruiserweight Division has arguably been the best thing in 205 Live – to see it all end like this only showcases just how dire things are for the Cruiserweights right now.