As noted, Neville was initially scheduled to lose to Enzo Amore in the main event lumberjack match on Raw last week. However, plans changed to Kalisto defeating Amore for the title. Neville did walk out of Raw before the show began and that his future is up in the air. WWE has officially denied that he quit the promotion.
In an update, Sports Illustrated reports that Neville was frustrated by the direction of his character, the lack of pay-offs and the rough WWE life on the road. The former WWE Cruiserweight Champion has reportedly been “miserable in WWE” since January of this year, and the walkout came nine months later than expected by many people close to the situation.
His decision may be influenced in-part by Austin Aries, who left the company earlier this year. According to the report, Neville was informed that the former WWE star would be making more in the next six weeks on the indies than he would in the same timeframe while with WWE.
It’s been reported that Neville had pushed for his WWE release with the idea of working the indies and making a name for himself there.
Neville was upset about his match being left off the WrestleMania 33 DVD and missing out on the pay, but he was said to be “infuriated” that the company “would disregard his service and value” after being as dedicated as he was. Neville reportedly felt that he was viewed as “nothing more than a very talented ‘get-over guy’ used to enhance” other Superstars.
WWE could grant the release or make Neville wait until his deal expires, or possibly explore a breach of contract. The report adds that the walkout did upset Vince McMahon.