205 Live could be about to get another influx of new Superstars to plug the gap left by Neville including the likes of NXT's Hideo Itami.
WWE seems to be trying to do all that they can to increase the popularity of 205 Live, but every time they move the needle a little another problem rears its head. The most recent attempts to boost the cruiserweight show's numbers came in the form of adding Enzo Amore and Kalisto to its ranks, but that was swiftly followed by the division's crown jewel Neville walking out.
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While it hasn't been confirmed that Neville won't be coming back to WWE, the future does not look bright for the relationship between the company and The King of the Cruiserweights. His departure is a big hit to 205 Live, especially since Neville was one of the original stars brought in to help boost the show's numbers at the start of 2017. Neville joins Austin Aries who also walked out after a few months under the cruiserweight umbrella.
With Neville all but gone, it would appear that WWE is soon going to be in the business of bringing in a few new names to help bolster 205 Live. Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that there are plans to do this, and a little while later revealed during his weekly segment on The Taz Show that one of the names being considered is Hideo Itami. The Japanese star was seen as a major coup when he was first signed to NXT but has suffered some unfortunate injuries that have stunted his career somewhat.
While some people may not like it, Enzo Amore becoming a cruiserweight has undoubtedly helped 205 Live. The most popular segments on the show and Raw's cruiserweight spots revolve around the purple brand's current champion. Some new additions to accompany Amore and his new peers will only further their plight, as long as WWE carefully select the right names.
However, Hideo Itami potentially becoming the latest recruit of 205 Live reeks of history repeating itself. It's assumed that the reason Neville and Austin Aries left the company is because there was no career progression for them once they became cruiserweights. While the appeal of being moved to the main roster may look too good to turn down at first, after a few months of being a cruiserweight, Itami may feel the same way as those who have gone before him.