The WWE has recently lost two of its best wrestlers in Neville and Austin Aries, and if reports are to be believed, there have been several performers reach out to Cody Rhodes who left the WWE in 2016 asking his advice on how to go about the process. With so many performers being misused and underutilized, there are plenty who could have done this, but today we are going to have some fun narrow it down to five possible WWE performers who could have reached out to Cody.
5. Noam Dar
Noam Dar is one of the more underrated wrestlers on the WWE roster, and with his skill set and wrestling style, he doesn’t really stand out under the bright lights of WWE. After an appearance in ICW recently where he was greeted like a king, he could be looking to return to Europe where he would be a top performer in any promotion. This wouldn’t be a huge loss to the cruiserweight division on its own, but after losing Neville and Austin Aries, the WWE can’t afford to lose too many people. Yet, with the poor booking and lack of things to do on 205 Live, Dar would be best suited elsewhere. It’s never going to be easy walking away from the WWE, but the Scottish Supernova is just 23-years-old, so if he can go out on the indies and improve his stock, there’s a possibility he could return. For now, though, he is best suited on the independent scene.
4. Apollo Crews
Apollo Crews was never a worldwide star on the independents like The Young Bucks or Will Ospreay, but he was a big name. So his signing to NXT was indeed a big deal, but due to his look and in-ring talent, he was pushed too quickly to the main event. That turned out to be a huge mistake. Instead of utilizing the facilities at the Performance Center and improving the things that needed improving (mic skills and charisma), he was fast-tracked to the main roster, and he has been wasted ever since, so a return to the indies only makes sense. Despite joining the Titus Brand several months ago, Crews hasn’t improved at all, and with no screen time, it wouldn’t surprise us if he was one of the stars that talked to Cody Rhodes. He would be much better used in whatever independent company he would work for out there.
3. Jack Gallagher
Jack Gallagher wasn’t the biggest name when he came to the WWE, but he made a huge impression on fans in the Cruiserweight Classic. Yet, like many others, he has failed to completely stand out in the failing 205 Live division. After a return to Progress Wrestling over Summerslam weekend, however, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he wanted out. The fans there appreciate his talent, and that’s something we can’t really say about the WWE. With many stars opting out of the cruiserweight division, seeing Gentleman Jack leave would be best for his career. Sure, he wouldn’t have the exposure that he has now, but he would get more freedom and better opportunities on the indies. If Austin Aries money situation proves anything, it’s that the WWE isn’t the only place to make good money.
2. Cedric Alexander
Cedric Alexander didn't make it too far in the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic, but he was arguably the biggest star that emerged from the tournament. Still, WWE failed to utilize him at all since, and it could lead to him following Neville and Austin Aries on the way out of the company. We know that WWE can’t push everyone at once, especially in the Cruiserweight division, but it seems the company has very little interest in developing his character and featuring him. With the way he improved his stock back in the CWC, he would be very in demand if he left the WWE. It is very likely that Alexander was one of the people who reached out to Cody, and if he did get a release, he would no doubt be a star in ROH, Progress, New Japan, PWG, and wherever else he decides to work.
1. Hideo Itami
Hideo Itami came to NXT in 2014. He had all the hype in the world behind him, but thanks to some very unfortunate injuries, he hasn’t been near the success that WWE would have hoped. With guys like Adam Cole, Aleister Black, and Drew McIntyre now above him, it would make all the sense in the world if the former KENTA would want to go back to Japan. There have been reports that his contract expires soon anyway, so he may not have been talking to Cody, rather just waiting until he can walk away. No matter what, Itami will be seen as one of the biggest busts in NXT history, and it will be great to see him battling the new breed of top stars in Japan when he returns to the independents.