It was no big secret that Neville was the glue holding WWE’s cruiserweight division together for much of 2017. His King Of The Cruiserweights gimmick brought more attention to 205 Live than ever before, and his feuds with Austin Aries and Akira Tozawa were highlights of the year.
Sadly, Neville wasn’t happy with how he was being used, and in October 2017, the two-time cruiserweight champion asked for his release. Keep in mind, he wasn’t actually released; as of November, he was still employed by WWE, just not being used for anything.
As the man formerly called PAC sits and waits for his phone to ring, he’s earned support from the likes of Steve Austin and Chris Jericho — and now we can add another name to that list, in current cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore.
Speaking with The Sun, Amore discussed just how hard Neville worked while in WWE:
“Neville is one of my favorite pros in the business… He worked the 205 division with the hardest schedule in silence, he was working Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then Mondays and Tuesdays. When guys were catching red-eye flights from the west coast after Raw, Neville was driving on to the next town or taking an early morning flight. It’s the hardest schedule in pro wrestling because you are closing out 205 at the end of the week.”
Even though Neville is on the outs with WWE, Amore hopes the two sides can come to a resolution, because he wants to get in the ring with him again:
“I hope Neville comes back and we feud. I have never seen a guy work like he does. He might move better than anyone has ever moved in a ring – like the Dynamite Kid. I have seen him tear it up in matches that no one will ever see – absolute bangers – I would love to move around with him because that dude can dance.”
Since being moved to 205 Live and winning the cruiserweight strap off Neville, Amore has had to work a similar schedule, so if anyone can relate to the grind, it’s him. But before he tries to play peacemaker, maybe he should work on getting back inside the locker room first …