Book or Cook? The Booking of Neville


Craig Wilson, John Carbery and Brian Damage

The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook Neville.

Craig: We haven’t had a Book or Cook piece for a couple of weeks now, believing we had almost exhausted the post when it came to the current WWE roster.

But in recent weeks, it’s become clear that Neville is due a look at as he toils away on the losing end of short-matches and being thrown to Braun Strowman, something that would never benefit him.

It’s quite odd to have him jobbing ta the moment considering Raw have just launched their cruiserweight division. Although the majority in that division are those that took part in the CWC, they have added Sin Cara to the mix and, with Neville being one of the best high flyers on the current roster, it’s strange they haven’t also placed Neville there.

So will the Geordie wrestler continue to struggle on the main roster or is something good right around the corner for him?

John: He’s an outstanding performer, he’ll never be a main event player due to his lack of high-level communication skills. However, that he’s not a constant highlight of WWE’s mid-card having competitive matches for either the Cruiserweight or US title is a failure on the companies part. He’s capable of giving them something special. Really he should be occupying a similar spot to Shelton Benjamin in the mid 2000’s.

Craig: I agree. If the WWE had used him more consistently to date then, yeah, he could occupy a similar role to Benjamin’s in the mid-00s. He should certainly be occupying a better place on shows that a jobber to the next monster. I remember his first few matches on the main card against Dolph Ziggler and unsurprisingly Ziggler made him look like a million dollars. Shame the WWE didn’t cash that in.

John: But he’s just not capitalised on at all.

Craig: Yeah, it’s a strange one. It’s not like he has to be pushed, necessarily, to the upper echelons of the card but what’s the harm in a solid mid-carder who doesn’t look like a loser? It’s a win/win surely to do something with him just in case if nothing else.

I really can’t fathom the booking of Neville at all. It’s utterly bizarre. The fans seem into him and he’s a good worker. That’s enough to get him so far and certainly into a better place than the WWE have him.

Brian: Neville will never be a major player in the WWE because of his size and his lack of charisma. It really goes to show you the difference between an NXT audience and a WWE audience. NXT fans appreciate talent alone while on the main roster there needs to be some sort of hook to grab fans attention.

Neville is an amazing athlete and I think will fit right in with the cruiserweights. It really is remarkable to think how an injury (broken ankle) sidelined Neville and any momentum he had prior to that injury. I say book Neville in the cruiserweight division for now and let him get hot again or maybe shift him over to Smackdown and let him get a fresh start.

Craig: Brian, you’re undoubtedly correct about the difference between an NXT crowd and a WWE one – that’s a very good point. Yeah I’m also with you on the cruiserweight stuff or, as you say, a switch to Smackdown. More of the same doesn’t bode well for the pint-sized Geordie.

A book for Neville here but a need for him to either move to the cruiserweight division to heat himself back up or a switch over to Smackdown.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts below.

You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.

4 thoughts on “Book or Cook? The Booking of Neville

  1. Short of Smackdown having its own crusierweight division, the best thing to do is put him in Raw’s. He would be an outstanding crusierweight champion. He has the look, drive, and ambition to be a great one, but why WWE is using him other than this is a mystery. The plan I would have for him is this: let him be cruiserweight champ for a while, with an occassional match against someone like Chris Jericho (who makes anyone he faces look good in the process, even if he wins), and then eventually put the US strap on him. Doubtful that he would ever be the Universal champ, but he could be a solid upper-midcarder with the occasional foray into lower uppercard status. If that doesn’t work, ship him over to Smackdown (where he should he been in the first place) and make him IC champ. If they ever revive the European title, he’d be a natural fit for that belt.

    Book him, book him, book him.


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