Respect: The attack on Adrian Neville’s core belief

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October 23, 2013

Neville’s distaste for disrespectful individuals was reinforced during the five years he spent competing in Japan. There, he cut his teeth inside various wrestling dojos, where the amount of knowledge one gains is determined by how much respect he has earned.

"When you get there,” he explained, “you come in as a young boy or trainee. You care for the veterans, look after them, do their laundry, clean the rings and train every day. In return, you learn the craft of wrestling.”

It’s no secret that Graves traveled a much different path than “The Savior of Misbehavior.” Up until last week, however, both men had maintained a strong mutual respect for each other. At least, that’s the way it appeared.

"Corey wasn't the kind of guy who worked hard,” Neville observed. “When I was training hard, he was hanging out somewhere else. I always felt he lacked that level of respect, and he proved it [in the tag team rematch]."

Graves has yet to provide a clear explanation for his actions, but Neville isn’t waiting for one. Truth be told, these two competitors have equally bright futures, and both will live to fight another day in WWE NXT — though Neville has some thoughts on how their falling out will shape each of them.

“I was brought up with old-fashioned values and manners,” he said. “You respect each other and treat people how you want to be treated. The burden now falls on Corey Graves. Will I trust again? Sure. Will I trust him again? Definitely not. I think once I’m finished with Mr. Graves, he’ll reconsider disrespecting anyone ever again.”

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