Never shy about sharing his opinion, it almost feels like the WWE Universe hears more from Chris Jericho when he's away from the WWE than when he's actively a performer for them. Between his many appearances on talk shows and his own podcast, Jericho is always providing some juicy news nuggets about the state of wrestling.
In a recent interview on Sirius XM’s Busted Open Radio, Y2J gave host Dave Lagreca the lowdown on what he knows about the sticky situation between WWE and Neville—a situation that saw Neville unexpectedly leave his job and seemingly walk out of the company.
Jericho explained that while he doesn’t know exactly “why” Neville would leave, he does know that Neville will land on his feet and his prospects outside the WWE are strong. WWE is no longer the only choice for guys with Neville's skillset.
Explaining that Neville would never just abandon Raw, Jericho said, "I also heard that he did not walk out of Raw, I heard he was never at Raw in the first place and that he had basically given his notice before that - It doesn’t surprise me because I think a guy like Neville... he wasn't really getting his shot in the WWE, and the cruiserweight thing is fine but let's be honest, it is what it is. I think there's a lot higher potential for a guy like Neville in the ring and also as a character."
That's an interesting statement coming from Jericho, a WWE Superstar who got his start in the WCW Cruiserweight Division and one who almost always sings the praises of WWE. To openly criticize and describe the Cruiserweight Division as a figurative dead-end is probably not helpful from a WWE perspective.
Sure, Jericho needed to move beyond the Cruiserweights to really make his mark in the wrestling industry, but he was also well known for taking what he was given and making the most of it regardless of where he was positioned on the card and in the show.
In the end, Neville will have options. But, unlike Jericho, Neville's option is not to join WWE. Jericho left the second biggest company to join the biggest. Neville will be leaving the biggest company to join the independent scene. And, Neville is bound by a contract that could make his leaving difficult if WWE chooses to hold him to it.