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The Grapevine (10/13/17): The Man That WWE Forgot



Good morning, and this is the Grapevine! This section of Smark Henry is where we round up all the founded and unfounded rumors abound the pro wrestling scene that you may have missed over the evening.

What's the real score on Neville right now?

  • Neville did not walk out of RAW this Monday. In fact, he was never on this week's tour to begin with, as it was believed by Monday night that he wasn't showing up for the event. The subsequent Cruiserweight Championship win for Kalisto in fact had little to do with Neville, as they wanted him to have a feel-good moment on Eddie Guerrero's birthday that day, as Eddie is one of Kalisto's real-life heroes. The current plan is for Enzo to win the title back at TLC.

    While Neville is still under contract, he is reportedly unhappy with the way he's going in the WWE right now, especially after the Cruiserweight Championship match at the WrestleMania 33 kickoff was left off the DVD, resulting in missed royalties for them. He has been pushing for a release for a while now, as he wants to work in the indies again and "reinvent" himself the same way Drew McIntyre did before returning to NXT. It's being reported that creative is not scheduling him for anything until the two sides come to some agreement. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: We definitely can't blame Neville for feeling bad about his position right now. As mentioned in this week's Live From the 205, he's getting very little support for the work he's been doing—then Enzo waltzes right in and takes the spotlight because he can talk. The division definitely needs him more than he needs it, and if WWE knows what's good for them they'll have to do whatever it takes to keep him around. That may also involve rewriting the unwritten rules for the cruiserweight division as well: either they completely pop the bubble surrounding 205 Live and finally allow them to really work in the main roster, or totally embrace the sideshow aspect and separate them from RAW as a pure Network exclusive, like NXT.
  • WWE creative writer Jimmy Jacobs has in fact been released from the company. He apparently had a little heat with management after he took some personal time off to deal with some things this summer, but it was the photo with the Bullet Club he posted on Instagram that ended up being the tipping point. Jacobs was very well-liked by the roster as he came up with a lot of good ideas and worked well with everyone. (Source: PWInsider)
We say: As much as we'd like to say it was incredibly petty on the WWE's part, it was also quite ill-advised on Jacobs's part as well. We will call the WWE petty on giving him some heat for personal time off, though—everyone's entitled to it.
  • A Brock Lesnar/Jon Jones UFC fight is most likely never going to happen. Lesnar's current WWE contract has a renewal option and the current feeling is that it would be renewed once it expires at WrestleMania 34. If not, Lesnar seems to have a no-compete or similar terms that would last until August. Vince McMahon is also wary of letting Brock fight in the UFC again while still under contract to WWE, especially because of his banned substance violation after the Mark Hunt fight that made WWE look bad by association. (Source: WON)
We say: Well, there you go. Looks like Brock is finishing his career with the WWE.

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