The company never commented on the former NXT and Cruiserweight champion’s absence, and he was obviously not released from his contract even when the company made a recent round of cuts. In story, there have also been no updates. Current Cruiserweight titleholder Enzo Amore referenced Neville in house show promos for a time, but on-screen he simply disappeared.
Reports that Vince McMahon was furious and the Brit happy to stay at home with his family may have been premature, however, or this could just be the latest case of “never say never” in pro wrestling. Either way, PWInsider says:
“There is a belief among some in the company that talks have gone so well that Neville could actually be returning to action for WWE before the end of the month. One source even believed Neville could be back as soon as this week, but PWInsider.com has (as of this writing) not been able to confirm that. Obviously, we will see if that is soon the case.”
Enzo is set to defend against Kalisto on Sunday at Survivor Series, but there is likely room for more matches among the six hours of programming coming our way from Houston on Sunday night.
That may be too soon to expect The Man That Gravity Forgot back on our televisions, but I’m having a hard time not fantasy booking a stable of disgruntled Superstars with his real life buddies Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (and, of course, Rusev).
We shall see.