Nasty Neville

Cruis­er­weight champ Adrian Neville is back in the WWE ring and he means busi­ness at the Fast Lane pay-per-view.

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WWE pay-per-view spe­cial: Fast Lane Sun­day 12 March e.tv (*194) 11:00

The Brits haven’t just in­vaded the WWE – they’re tak­ing over the US-based sports en­ter­tain­ment gi­ant. And one of the most vi­cious Su­per­stars is Adrian Neville aka The Man That Grav­ity For­got. It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane and it sure isn’t Su­per­man fly­ing across the ring – that’s Neville, whose been de­liv­er­ing his Red Ar­row move to op­po­nents since 2012.

A LEVEL HIGHER

And the 30-year-old isn’t just above the other wrestlers be­cause he’s jump­ing from the top turn­buckle – he’s above them in his head too! “That’s all I think about when I think about my past matches,” ex­plains Neville. “I’ve had a few matches where I was taken ad­van­tage of and I was tram­pled over and I just al­lowed it. In the fu­ture, it’s go­ing to be dif­fer­ent!”

So far, the New­cas­tle na­tive has man­aged to keep to that res­o­lu­tion and he’s been es­pe­cially nasty in the ring. He’s not con­tent with just beat­ing his op­po­nents; in­stead, the four-time WWE NXT champ has taken to hu­mil­i­at­ing his vic­tims af­ter beat­ing them and he’s get­ting booed al­most as much as he’s cheered in the ring. The turn in his char­ac­ter kicked off in De­cem­ber 2016 and it seems the wrestler is lov­ing his new role as a WWE bad­die. “I am the best. No one can go toe-to-toe with me,” he brags. And the crit­ics agree – Braun Wrestling (Twit­ter @Raw_Wres­tle) tweeted in late De­cem­ber that “Neville is proof that even the sim­plest of heel turns can be very ef­fec­tive” [“heel” is the in­dus­try name for trans­form­ing into a ring vil­lain], while Pro Wrestling Mag (Twit­ter @ProWrestlingMag) said that “the Neville heel turn has been a 2016 high­light! That was fan­tas­tic!”

STEP­PING UP

That doesn’t mean that the 88kg star doesn’t have his fair share of ri­vals gun­ning for his ti­tle. At the Fast Lane payper-view, Neville’s go­ing to be de­fend­ing his ti­tle against fel­low Brit wrestler Jack Gal­lagher. The 27-year-old made his WWE de­but in late April 2016 at the WWE Cruis­er­weight Clas­sic tour­na­ment and while he’s 12kg lighter (Jack weighs 76kg), he’s no pushover. Jack’s train­ing and pre­vi­ous ca­reers were in the world of mixed mar­tial arts and his spe­cial­ity in the ring is sub­mis­sion moves. Now all that’s left for Jack to do is get Neville to stop jump­ing from those top ropes dur­ing their match…

Neville is as mean as WWE Su­per­stars come.

Jack will be tak­ing on his coun­try­man.

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