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Jesse Neal (April 10, 1980) is an American professional wrestler and a former member of the U.S. Military. He is best known for working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he was one half of the tag team Ink Inc., with his partner Shannon Moore.
Professional wrestling career
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2009-2011)
In May 2007 Jesse Neal, a former member of the U.S. Military, began training and wrestling under Team 3D at their Academy of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment, using the ring name Tribal. In 2009 Neal signed a contract with professional wrestling promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. He made his first appearance in TNA at Destination X, where he first introduced the match between Brutus Magnus and Eric Young and then confronted Sheik Abdul Bashir before singing "God Bless America". He made his first Impact! appearance on April 9 in a backstage interview, where TNA Superstar Rhino offered to train Neal to become a professional wrestler and fulfill his dream. As a result, Rhino began training Neal.
Neal wrestled his first match, on June 4 episode of Impact!, losing to Matt Morgan. Neal began an angle, where Rhino got frustrated with Neal while training him because of mistakes by Neal. On August 13 edition of Impact!, Rhino and Neal were booked to lose a tag team match against World Elite (Eric Young and Sheik Abdul Bashir). Neal lost the match making a "rookie mistake" by refusing to hot tag Rhino. After the match, Rhino turned heel by delivering a Gore to Neal. On August 27 Rhino defeated Neal, but the referee of the match ended up reversing the decision afterwards when Rhino once again delivered a Gore to Neal. Brother Devon ran in to save Neal from a further beating and the following week Team 3D announced that they were going to train him at their wrestling school.
Over the next few weeks, while Neal spent time off television, 3D and Rhino would butt heads over the state of the three's future in TNA, with Rhino eventually convincing 3D to band together to defend their spots from young talent they felt was expressly backed by TNA management. On the November 19 edition of Impact!, Neal returned to television with a new look featuring spiked mohawk and tongue and lip piercings, turning heel by interfering on the gang's behalf to help them win the second of two consecutive street fights against Matt Morgan, Hernandez, and D'Angelo Dinero. In the ensuing backstage interview, Neal displayed the savage demeanor of his Tribal gimmick as his three trainers heralded him as "the real future of TNA". On the December 3 edition of Impact! Neal was defeated in his comeback match by D'Angelo Dinero.
Neal is part Native American. Prior to training at Team 3D's Wrestling Academy, Neal had been working at Blue Martini Orlando. On July 27, 2011, Neal announced that he had gotten engaged to fellow professional wrestler Christina Von Eerie, who worked alongside him in TNA as Toxxin. The following year, Neal and Von Eerie broke up. In 2013, Neal began dating Brittney Savage and the two became engaged that summer. They are currently married.
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