Wrestling / Adrian Neville
Break orbit! Break orbit!
"1... 2... 1, 2, 3, 4..."
(real name Benjamin Satterly), or Neville
as he is currently billed, is an English professional wrestler currently working for the WWE
. He worked under the promotion's developmental brand NXT
up until the RAW right after WrestleMania
31 where he made his official roster debut in a Squash Match
against Curtis Axel
. He has previously wrestled in many indie notable promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerilla
, Ring of Honor
, and Dragon Gate
, going under the ring name Pac
Back in his home country of Britain, Pac is one of only three FWA Flyweight Champions
as well as the first-ever 1PW Openweight Champion
. However, his most decorated title history comes with Japan's Dragon Gate, having held its Open the Brave Gate
, Open the Triangle Gatenote
, and Open the Twin Gatenote
championships, as well as its USA territory's Open the United Gate Championshipnote
. Speaking of the States, in addition to all those titles he is also a one-time PWGnote
and two-time NXTnote
tag team champion, as well as the longest reigning former NXT Champion
in history prior to the reign of Finn Bálor
and the Current Cruiserweight Champion
You can find the basics of his career on The Other Wiki.
"The Tropes That Gravity Forgot":
- Always Someone Better: He was this to Sami Zayn, until Takeover 3.
- Beard of Evil: Returned after an extended absence, with a very full beard, and quickly re-established himself as a heel.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He and Zayn seemed to be good friends, but Neville had no problem with dicking Zayn over to retain his title at Takeover 2. Their friendship went downhill from there, although Neville seems to have been genuine in maintaining it, even doing so after losing the championship to Zayn and watching him celebrate with everyone.
- Bash Brothers: In Japan, he has been usual partners with Masato Yoshino.
- Big Damn Heroes: He rescued an unconscious Zayn from Titus O'Neil when after beating Zayn, O'Neil was about to severely injure him.
- Combat Pragmatist: One of the most important parts of his character is how determined he is to win, using any means necessary to do so.
- Crossover: Back in Dragon Gate, he once teamed up for a special occasion with El Blazer, better known as Takuya Sugi. The reason of their teaming was that Adrian was the best high-flyer in DG while Blazer was it in rival promotion El Dorado Wrestling.
- Dark Reprise: His usual theme, "Break Orbit", was remixed to have a more sinister feeling as a part of Neville's heel turn.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: He spins a lot. This combined with his high-flying style means that rather uniquely, he wrestles with a mouthguard.
- Evil Brit: After his heel turn, he went full tilt into this.
- Evil Costume Switch: After his heel turn, he ditched the cape and started wearing a darker version of his usual ring gear.
- Face–Heel Turn: Turned at Roadblock 2016 by attacking WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann and TJ Perkins, who both are popular babyfaces.
- Finishing Move: Through his career, he has used a number of 450º splash and shooting star press variations. Currently, he has settled down in the Red Arrow (a corkscrew shooting star press - think the "Air Bourne" with a 360 spin in the middle of the flip), later adding an imploding 450 splash. As a heel, he goes for the superplex and "Rings of Saturn".
- Friendly Enemy / Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Sami Zayn feuded for the NXT Championship as this.
- Graceful Loser: He took Zayn's win at Takeover 3 quite well.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Once said that while he'd pulled some dirty tricks to win on various occasions, he wasn't proud of it and wished things had gone differently... but it won't stop him from doing similar things again, if it's to win.
- I Have the High Ground: Let's just put it this way: he is known as "The Man That Gravity Forgot."
- Kid-Appeal Character: Subverted with his slightly deeper and much more morally ambiguous persona in NXT, but on the main roster, hits all the bullet points as far as this trope for pro wrestling goes: smaller, heroic, aerial wrestling style, and references within his gimmick to comic book superheroes (although that's not exclusively a kid thing, especially nowadays). Unlike a lot of WWE's Kid Appeal Characters, though, he's pretty well liked by the older demographic for his actual wrestling skill and his foreign roots. And, let's be honest, because a corkscrew shooting star press is freaking awesome.
- Meaningful Name: The Red Arrow is named after the RAF aerobatic display team.
- 'Neville' refers to Neville Staple, the singer for The Specials.
- North East England: Born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
- Pet the Dog: When Sami declared that he'd quit if he couldn't beat Neville at Takeover 3, Neville seemed genuinely disturbed, insisting that Sami didn't need to prove anything and that he didn't need to end his career over not becoming the champion. It didn't work.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Neville, though rightfully known for his skill as a high flyer, has also flashed some deceptve strength. A recent match saw him basically deadlifting Kevin Owens, who goes about 270 or so, into a German suplex.
- Real Men Wear Pink: At Takeover 2.
- Red Baron: "The Man That Gravity Forgot". Also "The New Sensation" and "The King of the Cruiserweights".
- Stealth Pun: He has no announced weight. Think about it.
- Superhero: His gimmick seems to be an homage to comic book superheroes, with his abilities being compared to one. Stardust, at one point, takes this to its logical (illogical?) extreme and actually starts thinking that Neville (and Stephen Amell) are actual superheroes, decides to be a supervillain (as if he hadn't been acting like one already) and starts screwing with Amell in the crowd, resulting in a Summerslam match.
- Tag Team: With Oliver Grey, then Corey Graves.
- Take That!: Told Zayn to his face that everyone knows that despite his good in-ring skills, he's incapable of actually winning important matches.
- The Face: Of IPW:UK during the 2007 King Of Europe Cup.
- Tweener: Has revealed himself as being a bit too pragmatic to be a pure babyface (although some would argue he's better off for it)... but still manages to come off as a decent guy next to the extreme vanity of Tyler Breeze and the dickery of Tyson Kidd, who's a blatant Jerkass even to his own wife.
- Two First Names: In NXT, averted when he was called up to the main roster where he was billed as Neville.
- We Used to Be Friends: Approaching there with Zayn, starting when Neville won at Takeover 2. Averted following Zayn's win over him for the NXT title at Takeover 3, as he would embrace Zayn and raise his hand despite feeling bitter from losing.
- After Neville turned heel in late 2016, Rich Swann called him out on his new attitude, referencing their days working together in Dragon Gate.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Infamously screwed Zayn over to retain his title at Takeover 2, a move that turned a lot of fans against him.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pulled one in a match with Zayn when he did a Red Arrow onto Zayn, who moved just in time. Neville injured his knee, and used said injury to take Zayn by surprise, rolling him up for the win. May also double as Determinator; the injury was real at least within the kayfabe, he was just able to tough it out better than he'd led Sami to believe at the time.
- Your Mom: Hilariously invoked this trope while trading insults with Breeze, claiming that Breeze isn't the only member of his family who likes sending selfies. Breeze predictably flipped his shit, and Neville beat the hell out of him.