EVIL, The King of Darkness is heavily inspired by Goth and horror themes, as well as the Grim Reaper during his time in Los Ingobernables de Japon. Adored by children not just in Japan but all around the world, EVIL gives off the same aura to children as The Undertaker or Kane did the first time they laid eyes on them, who can resist a chorus of people shouting EVERYTHING IS EVIL.
EVIL returned to New Japan Pro-Wrestling on the 12th October 2015 at King of Pro-Wrestling, aligning himself with Tetsuya Naito and joining the new stable of Los Ingobernables de Japon, the two of them would go on to win their block but lose in the finals of the 2015 World Tag League in December. Evil would compete in the 2016 G1 Climax and go on to face and beat Katsuyori Shibata for the NEVER Openweight Championship in November at Power Struggle but he would lose it 10 days later to Shibata. By December 2016 EVIL would be paired up with fellow stablemate SANADA, losing World Tag League but along with BUSHI, winning the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships at Wrestle Kingdom 11 on 4th January 2017, they would lose them the very next day. Before regaining them in February, losing them in April and again regaining them in May. In March of that same year, EVIL would make it to the semi-finals of The New Japan Cup and would defeat Kazuchika Okada in the G1 Climax setting up a title match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at King of Pro-Wrestling in October 2017, which EVIL would lose. He and SANADA would win the 2017 World Tag League against Guerrillas of Destiny but would lose the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion to G.O.D. and Bad Luck Fale six days later.
At Wrestle Kingdom 12 on 4th January 2018 EVIL & SANADA would beat Killer Elite Squad for the IWGP Tag Team Championships, only to lose them to the Young Bucks at Dominion on 9th June 2018. EVIL entered the G1 Climax that year and would later be attacked at King of Pro-Wrestling by Chris Jericho, seeing up a match that November for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at Power Struggle, but he would lose. EVIL and SANADA would go on to win World Tag League in December 2018 and would win back the IWGP Tag Team Championships at Wrestle Kingdom 13 on 4th January 2019. Again this would be short-lived as they would soon lose the belts to G.O.D. 2019 was not a good year for EVIL with him losing in the first round of the New Japan Cup and not scoring well in the G1 Climax, a tournament where EVIL started to become distant from many of his stablemates in L.I.J. By day two of Wrestle Kingdom 14 on 5th January 2020 EVIL had been pushed down the card to the pre-show NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship gauntlet match, but he did win that match along with BUSHI and Shingo Takagi.
After a long hiatus between February and June 2020 New Japan returned with the New Japan Cup, something seemed different with EVIL after the long break, he seemed more willing to cheat to win and was merciless in his attacks, especially against Yoshi-Hashi and even his tag team partner SANADA. He would go on to meet and defeat Kazuchika Okada in the finals, due in part to interference from the Bullet Club. Tetsuya Naito would come out to congratulate him, only for EVIL to betray him, turning Heel and joining the Bullet Club. The next day at Dominion EVIL became the second man to hold both IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental gold, with a little help from Dick Togo. He also still held the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship making him the first triple champion in the history of New Japan. He would defeat Hiromu Takahashi in July and drop the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship in the august only for Tetsuya Naito to win back the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental championships.
His betrayal of Tetsuya Naito shouldn’t have been such a shock to us, but it was, he had been by Naito’s side from the start and very loyal but it was all an act and how could anyone have suspected the man we know as EVIL would truly turn out to be exactly what his name says he is. Betraying his mentor and friend while also taking his two belts was something only a true villain and mastermind could conjure up.