Following up on the report from Pro Wrestling Sheet last night (Aug. 24) which broke the news former NXT and Cruiserweight Champion Neville was no longer under contract to WWE, Wrestling Observer says the company has confirmed the wrestler’s status as a free agent.
Furthermore, Dave Meltzer adds the British high flier is “free to wrestle elsewhere now”.
The big question left open from Ryan Satin’s initial scoop was whether Neville - who previously wrestled on the indies as PAC, and whose real name is Benjamin Satterley - would still be subject to the standard, post-WWE release non-compete period. Neville left the company in Oct., 2017 and despite rumors of talks aimed at bringing him back, hasn’t been mentioned by WWE or seen anywhere since.
A 30 day non-compete clause would have ruled out working Sept. 1’s ALL IN, something promoters Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks’ have subtly teased in recent days. A 90 day one would have kept him from Ring of Honor’s next pay-per-view (PPV), Sept. 28’s Death Before Dishonor XVI or New Japan’s return to the United States on Sept. 30, Strong Style Evolved. If Meltzer is correct, all those - along with possible newsworthy bookings for Impact Wrestling, CMLL, AAA and others - are on the table.
So a Red Arrow could be coming anytime, from anywhere.