From the WWE rumor mill: Major update on the Cruiserweight situation from Monday
Find out what happened backstage that resulted in Kalisto becoming WWE Cruiserweight Champion...
What's the story?
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter provided an update on the Cruiserweight situation of Monday Night Raw. As previously reported, Neville walked out on Monday Night Raw after he received the word that he'd lose to Enzo Amore in a Lumberjack Match for the championship.
Meltzer provided more backstage information regarding management's decision on how to go forward.
In case you didn't know...
Neville started his pro wrestling career in 2004 competing with several different promotions until signing with the WWE in 2012. He is a two-time NXT Tag Team Champion, a former NXT Champion, and two-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
The heart of the matter...
According to word backstage, nobody could come up with a better plan once they found out that Neville walked out of the show. Vince McMahon stepped in and made the call to put the title on Kalisto instead of having Amore go over someone else.
Monday would have been the 50th birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero, so Kalisto cut a promo prior to the title match dedicating his bout against Enzo to the late beloved superstar.
Meltzer added that the plan is to put the title back on Amore soon. That could happen on October 22nd at the WWE Tables Ladders & Chairs pay per view.
At the time of this writing, the WWE is denying claims that he has left the company; however one person close to the situation told Meltzer he believes 100% that Neville is gone.
The next stop for the Cruiserweight Division is Monday Night Raw next week. The show will take place at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon and it will be the go-home show for TLC.
As Raw was playing out live before we knew about the Neville situation, it all made complete sense with Kalisto. Enzo had the clause where no one could compete for the title, so Angle brought in someone new to give Enzo a challenger.
To me, this seemed to come off as planned all along, and to hear this was all last-minute and on the fly, you have to give credit to Vince for coming up with a plan that made complete sense.