By Chuck Carroll
WWE is emphatically denying reports that former Cruiserweight Champion Neville has walked out on the company. Rumors began swirling Tuesday that the English wrestler became frustrated by the creative plan for him on Monday’s RAW and exited the arena before the show went on the air.
According to The Wrestling Observer, Neville became upset after learning he was scheduled to lose to now former champion Enzo Amore in a Lumberjack Match in that night’s main event. After Neville allegedly took his leave, WWE reportedly called an audible and decided to have Kalisto score a surprising win over Amore to become the new Cruiserweight Champion.
Although WWE is denying the rumors in the strongest possible terms, Neville was noticeably absent from Tuesday’s 205 Live. His Twitter account has been dormant since September 28 when he promoted his t-shirt that is being sold by WWE’s online store. However, he has never been overly active on social media.
Kevin Owens deepened the intrigue on Instagram Wednesday by posting a picture of himself and Neville. Without comment, Owens submitted a candid black and white photo showing Neville holding the Cruiserweight title over his left shoulder while the two were having a discussion backstage.
The 32-year-old last wrestled a televised match on September 26th when he defeated Ariya Daivari on 205 Live. He then won a series of matches against Amore by disqualification on house shows, but hasn’t wrestled since.
The RAW brand, which hosts the cruiserweight division, is scheduled to have a series of house shows in Canada and the Pacific Northwest beginning Friday. The loop ends Monday, when WWE’s flagship program emanates from Portland, Oregon. It’s unclear whether Neville will make an appearance at any of the shows. Only time will tell.
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Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room.
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