WWE Hall Of Famer once walked out on the company during his heyday with the promotion, so he can sympathize with former Cruiserweight Champion Neville's decision to do the same recently.
Back in 2002 Austin decided to walk out from WWE due to his issues with creative wanting him to job to a young Brock Lesnar in a match without any build-up. "The Texas Rattlesnake" claimed he had no issue letting Lesnar go over on him, but there needed to be some build-up to the match.
Aside from being okay with Lesnar going over, Austin did feel as though he had some left in the tank at the time and was still the top face in the company. For these reasons, amongst others, Austin decided to walk out on WWE and didn't show up for work.
This put a strain on Austin and Vince McMahon's relationship, however, over the course of several months they were able to mend their differences and Austin would soon return to WWE TV. Neville finds himself in a somewhat similar position.
While Neville isn't, nor was he ever, one of the top faces in the company, he was one of the most talented in-ring performers with a gimmick people could get behind. Around the time Neville had to start jobbing to the likes of Enzo Amore "The King Of The Cruiserweights" decided to walk out of WWE himself.
As for reasons for wanting out of WWE, it seems as though Neville wants to prove himself to be a legitimate singles contender that can do so much more than simply rule the Cruiserweight division. Austin recently joined Ring Rust Radio to offer his thoughts on the Neville situation - and had this to say (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"Well, my situation when I walked out, I wasn't on board with the direction creative wanted to go. I was working my ass off and I just was not happy with that decision.
"So, I could have made a better decision with how I handled it. Just walking away like I did was a bad idea. I don't know specifically what Neville's business deal is or what his contract is or the circumstances under which he left.
"I know that any time you walk away from something and you don't have that meeting or that one-on-one time with Vince or Paul or whoever it may be, but that's the most prudent decision to make.
"By the same token, I can respect the guy that has enough balls to walk away just because he had a gut feeling like I did.
"I just wish him all the best in the world. In my opinion, he is an outstanding talent, he was really coming around with his gimmick and character, and he was a guy that I really liked watching. I'm sure a lot of people in the WWE Universe fell the same way.
"Hopefully he gets past this and whether he goes back to WWE or goes somewhere else, I hope he continues to have a successful career and have fun.
"At the end of the day, pro-wrestling, to be able to get paid to do that, it's a fun job but it is a business and you need to get paid accordingly.
"I want the kid to have a great career, make his money and go on to the next phase of his life when it's time to do that."
What are your thoughts on Austin's comments regarding Neville walking out on WWE? Do you think that "The King Of The Cruiserweights" made the right call in opting to try his hand on the indies? And can you see Neville ever returning to the WWE again in the future? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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