After a year away from the ring, Neville returned to wrestling on Tuesday at a Dragon Gate show inside of Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Working under the name PAC, the former WWE Superstar teamed up with Eita Kobayashi against Shingo Takagi and BxB Hulk. Neville picked up the win with his signature “Red Arrow” finisher.
According to multiple reports, the 32-year-old came out with the heel faction R.E.D. and cut a post-match promo on fans saying he’ll destroy all their favorite stars.
It was reported in last week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Neville has not been responding to promoters and essentially went “off the grid.” Neville was previously in talks with some promotions, however, but said to them that he wasn’t ready to start due to legal issues.
Neville’s last wrestling-related appearance took place exactly one year ago today, where he led out the cruiserweights to confront WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore. None of the Cruiserweights could lay a hand on Amore except for Kalisto, who Raw General Manager Kurt Angle had just signed to the brand.
On October 10, 2017, multiple sources reported that Neville walked out of a Monday Night Raw event in Indianapolis, Indiana the day before and appeared to have quit WWE. The reports added that he had been unhappy for a while. He was supposed to lose to Amore at the show in a WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match but was replaced by Kalisto, who ended up beating Amore to capture the title.
WWE officials did not immediately grant Neville his release because they didn’t want to set a precedent where wrestlers could walk out and go to New Japan Pro Wrestling, which is where they expected Neville to go. WWE then froze Neville’s contract for ten months before granting his release in August.
Neville is scheduled to return to Dragon Gate for a match on November 6. You can see photos and video from his return below.
— 全知全能YAMATO (@GSPW_GWY) October 2, 2018
Neville is back pic.twitter.com/dPFwDTNcTw
— FPW (@WrestleFPW) October 2, 2018
— Paul Korndorff (@kndfmyprowres) October 2, 2018
Congratulations to Neville on getting his freedom.
He turned up in Dragon Gate. pic.twitter.com/aD0va5IRlQ
— WWE Critics (@WWECritics) October 2, 2018
LOL at all the wrestling journalist people freaking out about Neville turning up in a promotion they don't watch. Good get for DragonGate though 🙂 pic.twitter.com/T6Ns1QgZc4
— ThatDamnChris (@ThatDamn_Chris) October 2, 2018
— #WeWantWrasslin (@WeWantWrasslin) October 2, 2018
— Colton Tirpak (@ColtonT_24) October 2, 2018
— 💀Ündead DaveBoy🎃 (@David_Stepp) October 2, 2018
— Raphael (@RaphaelWent) October 2, 2018