Thursday, April 2, 2015

Never Forget The Man That Gravity Forgot

Neville vs. Curtis Axel
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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If you've ever read this blog before you know that I'm a huge fan of Adrian Neville.  Probably more like a mark.  The Man That Gravity Forgot has been a part of WWE Developmental for more than two years.  Finally on the Raw after Wrestlemania (31), he made his main roster debut.  But he's now simply Neville.

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When Curtis Axel had come out and cut a promo about Axelmania, I was excited.  I thought the WWE was doing the right thing by not completely killing this gimmick.  It's given Axel some momentum and he's more over now than he was as a Paul Heyman guy (that's just My 1-2-3 Cents)... 

Neville's arrival
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But when Neville's music hit and he appeared, I marked out big time.  In fact, Chad texted me and asked if I needed to change my pants.  (I did not.)  Neville made short work of the third generation Superstar with an impressive display before hitting his signature move the Red Arrow.

I'm not going to bore you with the details of how I met Neville when he was known as PAC or that I called one of his matches against El Generico in early 2012.  (See what I did there)  But I do want to take this opportunity to express my sincere congratulations to him.  It'll be a challenge to not get lost in the shuffle,  but I'm confident that Neville's talent will help him keep the attention of the fans and WWE Creative.

Rollins wins at Mania
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NXT wrestlers have been making an impact on the main roster for some time now, most notably The Shield.  Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins went from a very successful trio to each having title matches at Wrestlemania. Rollins of course walked out with the WWE World Heavyweight title, becoming the first NXT champion to earn that distinction.

Ready to fly
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I hope that one day Neville is able to follow in those footsteps.  He's got the look and the talent.  His mic work is coming along, but I believe he will fit nicely on the roster.  It looks like WWE is more serious about a youth movement.  What better way to do that than wisely utilizing the talent at NXT and integrating them in with veterans like John Cena, Randy Orton and Big Show.  

Okay, so I'm bragging a little
There are still steps to be taken to help other men and women toiling on the midcard or who don't appear on TV at all anymore. But the reality is not everyone is going be THE champ, much less a champ.  However, I feel Neville has all the makings of a future champion.  I'm looking forward to matches with guys like Rollins, Bray Wyatt and Bad News Barrett.  A less likely possibility, a run against Daniel Bryan for the Intercontinental title.  His inclusion on the main roster is one of my highlights of 2015 so far.  Give Neville a chance.

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