REVIEW: NXT Royal Albert Hall/WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night Two (19/06/18)

With the first night at the Royal Albert Hall in the books it was time for the NXT roster to take over the iconic venue. The first night had certainly set the standard with a number of the Tournament entrants giving stand out performances, some of whom would be back for more on the NXT show to give us some sort of insight to what the new NXT UK brand would be like.

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There was a noticeable difference in the crowd size for the second night after the first event had the unfortunate job of going up against England’s first World Cup game. Spirits were high once again as the seats filled up quicker and the dark match was under way. Ligero, formerly known on the British scene as El Ligero received a huge ovation as he came out to face off against the Welsh grappler Wild Boar. The match did exactly what it was designed to do and that’s help build momentum for the main show. Ligero’s move set and style were just what the audience needed.

REVIEW: NXT Royal Albert Hall/WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night Two (19/06/18) - Tyler Bate - Trent Seven NXT Tag Team Champions - Moustache Mountain

The main show kicked off with what was arguably the highlight of both nights as Moustache Mountain took on Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong of the Undisputed Era. This match involved two thirds of those involved in the heavily hyped match from the night before so it had a risk of feeling a little over done to the audience but all four guys did an amazing job to create something different here. It was British duo Tyler Bate and Trent Seven that picked up the win and to my absolute pleasure unexpectedly became the new NXT Tag Team Champions. A hard fought match that would not look out of place as an NXT TakeOver main event, it had everything from high spots and false finishes to excellent tag team work and a dodgy referee decision that lead to a hilarious “V.A.R” chant from the London crowd who are deep in World Cup mode at the moment. The crowd exploded when Moustache Mountain got the three count and the celebrations continued for a good five minutes as the boys celebrated all over the arena and in the crowd. It’s going to be interesting to see if the British Strong Style trio will mainly stick around the Orlando based NXT now that Seven and Bate are Tag Team Champions of that brand or if they’ll go back and forth between there and the new NXT UK brand.

Lisbon’s Killer Kelly walked to the ring with a purpose next as she awaited her opponent. The Portuguese wrestler had received a great reaction the night before but this one felt even bigger as it seems like she had won over those who hadn’t seen her before these two events as well, but once again it was Kelly taking the loss as Charlie Morgan came out on top on this night. It was good to see two women’s division matches on the night and this one certainly deserved it’s spot even without the backing of a Championship on the line. As with all major NXT shows, we saw a familiar face in the crowd and this time it was none other than Captain Charisma himself, Christian. The inevitable chants of “One more match” reigned over the Royal Albert Hall as Christian looked out for his “Peeps“.

REVIEW: NXT Royal Albert Hall/WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night Two (19/06/18) Travis Banks and Mark Andrews

We were then given a surprising number one contendership match for the WWE UK Championship, which although was a nice bonus match-wise, it felt a little counter productive at the same time due to the fact we hadn’t even seen current number one contender Zack Gibson have his title match. I get that the prestige of winning the tournament is part of the prize but surely winning the shot at the champion after four matches is a big part of it too, which meant having Travis Banks and Flash Morgan Webster getting another shot so soon kind of took away some of that reward factor from the Tournament. I understand that the winner here is who will surely go on to be involved in the top storyline of the first NXT UK tapings but I feel like this match could have been placed on that card instead to help separate the two and let the first storyline breathe more.

Although Webster and Banks were given second shots a bit too quickly for my liking, I did enjoy seeing them out there again and so did the crowd. They were joined by the high flying and exciting Mark Andrews whose absence was definitely felt the night before. Andrews has a great bond with the audience and fans got very excited when his music hit. At this stage it was assumed that the match ahead was going to be a Triple Threat until NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint came out and announced that it would be a “Four Man Fatal Match“, Yep …you read that right. The crowd obviously noticed this and gave him a little bit of a hard time for it which felt a little awkward and the edit job for the post production team seemed pretty straight forward until a mid-match chant of “Four Man Fatal” picked up. Saint, although fantastic in the ring has never been up there with some of the biggest talkers in the game and it’s going to take some time to iron out the creases when it comes to his new role especially with all the WWE jargon and verbiage that isn’t native to a British Wrestler whose career kicked off over here way before wrestlers even became “Superstars“. Overall I am happy with the appointment of Johnny Saint, a true legend who will bring a legitimacy to the brand for British fans and hopefully in turn open up Worldwide viewers to his own work.

REVIEW: NXT Royal Albert Hall/WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night Two (19/06/18) Noam Dar Return

As for the match change, it was none other than the returning Scotsman Noam Dar that took up the fourth spot in the match. The crowd went wild when Dar’s music hit and chants of “Welcome back” surrounded the 205 Live star’s entrance. The match itself was really fun with all four wrestlers looking like they may come out on top. Mark Andrews felt like he was most likely to pick up the win after being a star for the WWE UK brand since it’s inception, but missing a Shooting Star Press didn’t help the Welshman. In the end it was Noam Dar who picked up the win and it is assumed that he will go on to work a main event program in the new NXT UK series and just like the British Strong Style trio it will be interesting to see if he carries on being a feature on the North American shows after being heavily used on 205 Live and a fair amount of main roster experience also. Joe and Mark Coffey came out and destroyed the three losers, Noam Dar got away and taunted a save but decided to walk away unscathed instead.

Speaking of North America, it was the NXT North American Championship that was next on the line as Adam Cole faced off against Scotland’s Wolfgang. Once again the appearance of Cole caused an infectious joy at the Royal Albert Hall as fans could not wait to cheer him on which really did not help Wolfgang as they also struggled to connect with the agile big guy. It’s a strange case for Wolfgang at the moment as I don’t feel like he’s connected well or really shone that much in any of his WWE UK performances which has come as a shock to me after seeing the buzz he had built up for himself on the British scene. Perhaps it’s the style of match he has been working, but I really do hope that something clicks for the Scotsman soon. It was an obvious victory for the Undisputed Era man which made the match feel a bit pointless TV wise and probably didn’t help Wolfgang’s cause.

REVIEW: NXT Royal Albert Hall/WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night Two (19/06/18) - Velveteen Dream

Next up was the moment I think most people were waiting for and that was the entrance of the one and only Velveteen Dream. The fans were on fire for the upcoming star whose impressed continuously since his new persona debuted a few months back and it really showed here. I feel that British crowds are always a good measuring stick for upcoming talent and whether or not they are actually getting over as audiences tend to be filled with “smart fans” who really appreciate the nuances in performance. Once The Dream had come out it was time for his Tag Team partner for the night to get the limelight and he really ran with it. The perfectly smug and cocky entrance of EC3 was justified as crowds yelled the lyrics to his “Top one percent” theme song, something that the NXT star himself couldn’t help but joining in on. The hype continued to grow as next out was the exciting Ricochet and his partner NXT Champion Aleister Black. I was slightly disappointed to not see Black’s cool ‘rising vampire’ entrance but I guess that’s the limitations of this uniquely laid out venue in effect here.

REVIEW: NXT Royal Albert Hall/WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night Two (19/06/18) - Velveteen Dream & EC3 vs Aleister Black and Ricochet

The match itself was full of hard hitting and fast action including a great sequence where Ricochet knocked Velveteen Dream off of the apron with a spring board kick and Aleister followed it up with his fake dive/backflip into the ring into a seated position which the crowd went wild for. Unfortunately it all got a bit too much for The Dream as he seemed to be feeling an ankle injury and decided to abandon his teammate in the middle of the match. EC3 then looked on in distress as the crowd’s anticipation boiled with a poised Aleister Black in waiting behind the abandoned wrestler who then slowly turned round with a comedic shrug of the shoulders after noticing the audiences screams to do so which was followed up by a sharp kick to the face and a cover to pick up the win for Black and Ricochet. The match was a strong contender for match of the night and really left fans with something memorable.

REVIEW: NXT Royal Albert Hall/WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night Two (19/06/18) Shayna Baszler vs Toni Storm

After night one saw a stoppage during the Fatal-4-Way due to an injury it was winner of the replacement Triple Threat match Toni Storm that earned herself a title shot against NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler. It was another match where it felt pretty obvious who would be leaving with the Championship as I couldn’t see WWE putting a stop to this incredible run that Baszler is on or taking Toni Storm to the US just yet as it feels she would probably be in the running for the top spot in the NXT UK Women’s Division instead. With that in mind it was a little hard to get involved emotionally on this one until a few near falls from Storm put that little bit of doubt in peoples minds, because you never know with WWE. A decent match all in all and it was great to see Baszler keeping up her dominance, a truly great talent that WWE have on their hands and a snapshot into the future for the main roster with Baszler and the NXT UK brand when it comes to Australian Toni Storm’s connection with the UK crowd. The match ended after a great back and forth of Storm resisting the Kirifuda Clutch including a rope break that got a great ovation until it eventually got too much for her and she lost via count out. Baszler continued the assault afterwards though, she walked up the ramp celebrating but decided to run back down and continue to attack her downed opponent which only helped gain more heat for herself and sympathy for Storm, a perfect ending.

REVIEW: NXT Royal Albert Hall/WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night Two (19/06/18) Pete Dunne vs Zack Gibson

A great night of wrestling was coming to an end and it was time for the main event. Pete Dunne was defending his WWE United Kingdom Championship against Tournament winner Zack Gibson. The crowd were sure to let Gibson know that he wasn’t their guy …just in case he didn’t know that from the three times already the night before. Champion Dunne predictably got quite the ovation as he confidently strolled to the ring and the stare down commenced. Another match that brought up a few questions as far as what a win for either wrestler could mean, Dunne has been integrated into the US brand more and more lately and would definitely fit in well with the North American NXT brand as a mainstay but it really feels like him sticking around for NXT UK would give it that credibility with an already made and believable main event caliber superstar being the face of the new brand, having been built up immensely since last January’s original Tournament.

The match itself was a good main event and saw a lot of back and forth as the crowd continued to hype up the performers with amazingly unique chants. The highlight chant of the night started with your usual “Stand up, if you hate Gibson“, followed by “Sit down, if you hate Gibson” and then hilariously followed up with “Shoes off, if you hate Gibson” in which most of the audience actually held one of their shoes high in the air during the chant, something I really hope comes off well when the show comes out on the WWE Network. Although every move from “Liverpool’s Number One” got a boo, he also garnered one of the biggest cheers of the night as the crowd watched on after Gibson kicked out of a Bitter End to the shock of those in attendance realising they had more of this great match to come. Eventually though, it was Pete Dunne who came out on top still as he hit a second Bitter End to be exactly that for Zack Gibson. It could be argued that Dunne doesn’t need the belt anymore and it could be time to build a new main event star for him to battle, but that could be where Noam Dar comes in.

The show ended with Triple H and Johnny Saint bringing out the NXT UK roster and a speech from the C.O.O that got the audience pumped explaining that the UK fans deserved this new brand and that it was theirs which was followed by a parade around the ring. A great night of wrestling action at the Royal Albert Hall, many years overdue for the combination of the venue and the world’s biggest wrestling company. It would be great to see the venue used again for an NXT UK TakeOver once the new brand really picks up steam and gets to that kind of level. Night two had the better matches and moments for the=e most part, but a lot of that is owed to some of the stellar work put in on night one.

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REVIEW: WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night One (18/06/18)

Ever since it was announced that the WWE would be coming back to the UK for it’s second United Kingdom Championship Tournament there has been a lot of debate about what this meant for the future of the division. The announcement that it would also mean the first WWE event at the legendary Royal Albert Hall for over 25 years gave it some early prestige. The original tournament being held in Blackpool, a town that has quite the history when it comes to Wrestling in Britain and the home of WWE legend William Regal was a great start for the new WWE UK division but coming to the capital and one of it’s most historic venues really does feel like a step up. The Royal Albert Hall has played a huge role in the history of British Wrestling and was once the pinnacle for British Wrestlers.

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As fans arrived at the venue most were taken back by it’s sheer grandeur, there was an interesting buzz around as the England national football team were just about to kick off their World Cup campaign, something that I am sure played a fairly significant role in the company announcing that Triple H and Shawn Michaels would be appearing. I made sure to cram in as many minutes of game time as possible at the pub before rushing back to the venue to catch the start of the show and I noticed others doing the same.

The first match was a dark match featuring Jospeh Connors and Amir Jordan, both who had been eliminated from the UK Tournament in the build up to the Royal Albert Hall shows so it was good to see them get their moment at the historic venue as well. The “Bhangra Bad Boy” really won the crowd over early and spirits were high as fans cheered him on and danced to his theme music after he picked up the win over Connors. The show officially started not long after with the usual WWE hype and close up shots of announcers Mauro Ranallo and England’s own Nigel McGuiness to kick off the taping that will air one week after the show has taken place on the WWE Network.

REVIEW: WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night One (18/06/18) - Rebellious Noise - Jack Gallagher

Jack Gallagher faced off against Zack Gibson in a quarterfinal opener that saw the start of a theme for the night which was the crowd humorously chanting against the Liverpool native. Gallagher being the wrestler that has been on the roster the longest out of all the tournament’s contestants meant the most familiar face prior to last years tournament got the show under way with a sense of familiarity for those who aren’t as knowledgable of the British scene and even WWE’s previous UK branded events. Gallagher hit a beautiful hard hitting suplex but it was Gibson who picked up the win in an entertaining match that cemented him as the tournament’s favourite early on after beating arguably to companies most high profile active British Wrestler when it comes to main roster experience.

REVIEW: WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night One (18/06/18) - Rebellious Noise - Dave Mastiff Joe Coffey

Next up was a match that was probably the one fans were least looking forward to and a noticeable amount of the audience saw it as a good time to get a drink or go to the toilet, but once the two big men of Joe Coffey and Dave Mastiff got going it put butts back in seats even though the early parts of the match started off a little sluggish. Mastiff and Coffey traded shoulder tackles and really put the work in to make a name for themselves on such a stage. To my surprise it was Joe Coffey who ended up picking up the win and moving onto the semifinals.

Flash Gordon Webster faced off against Jordan Devlin next and they did well to work on the dynamic of their characters. Webster’s Modfather character was well received and Devlin continued to be hated by the fans after the heat he picked up from previous WWE UK events. It’s clear that WWE see potential in the Irishman and it’s refreshing to see that they aren’t rushing things with the Balor trainee. He’s currently rebelling against Finn and the inevitable comparisons to him which I think is a good idea to use that storyline early on and shake it as quick as possible so that he can shine on his own further down the road. It would be good if Devlin changed his look though as it’s another thing that doesn’t help disconnecting him from Balor as they happen to look similar and chants of “You’re just a shit Finn Balor” continue to surround him. They’re all well and good for now and great for Devlin to act more heelish in reaction to them but they’re not something the company will want chanted once they do try to build Devlin up more prominently away from his Balor connection. Once again we saw a shock result in this one as the underdog both in fans minds and played to in the match came out on top. It’s another example of great character work as well, getting to see a character based around a uniquely British subculture makes it feel more genuine, just like last year when we saw the “Wavey” Roy Johnson and Tyson T-Bone get the limelight.

REVIEW: WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night One (18/06/18) - Rebellious Noise - Travis Banks

The last quarterfinal saw the Kiwi Buzzsaw take on Ashton Smith in a quick and to the point match. The crowd were hugely behind the New Zealand born Travis Banks who has been taking the UK by storm in recent years, climbing the ranks high enough to catch the attention of the WWE who could have something special on their hands here – especially since their last import from NZ were the Bushwackers! It was a match that served a purpose and thankfully was not too long as it felt like fans were starting to get tired of the quarterfinal round. Smith may not have won the match or become the clear focus going ahead but he definitely used his time on the show well to hopefully get another shot at moving up the ranks in the future.

Something that appears to have already been scrapped from the show is the original plan for the women’s match after an injury forced the WWE to cancel the match just minutes after it began. Toni Storm, Jinny, Isla Dawn and Killer Kelly kicked off a Fatal-4-Way that fans were very hyped for until Jinny got injured from a dive out of the ring performed by Toni Storm. It was a real somber moment as fans in attendance waited to see how serious the injury was but thankfully Jinny was able to walk to the back, albeit with some help from medical staff. Triple H came out not long after the injury to reiterate just how much the performers are risking their bodies for our entertainment to which the crowd showed their appreciation with a roar of support for the injured Jinny. After Triple H was done talking the match would restart as a Triple Threat without the injured Jinny. Going by WWE promotional material it seems that the original match and injury will not be on the main show when it’s released online. As with all of the UK based matches it’s great as a Brit to watch the guys and girls that you have seen on the local scene get their big shot with a real sense of them being “one of our own”, so it really was a shame to see Jinny’s debut end like this and possibly be scraped. Hopefully she gets another chance soon and it works out for her.
REVIEW: WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night One (18/06/18) - Rebellious Noise - NXT UK - Triple H - Johnny SaintAs for Triple H’s involvement, he came out to announce the new NXT UK brand and a series of shows as well as the new General Manager for the brand Johnny Saint who joined him in making the announcement. The crowd let out a huge roar when the news was announced and it seems that WWE will be treating the brand sort of like a territory, which is something I spoke about with Tom on our Talk and Beans WWE UK “One year on” recap video. Triple H announced a number of shows throughout the UK that would serve as the first NXT UK tapings. The crowd also let out a huge chant of “We want ‘Mania”, making it known to the C.O.O to which he likened to what he has to sometimes tell his children “You’ll get what you get and you won’t get upset”, which got a few laughs but hopefully also gave the company something to seriously think about.

The re-started women’s match seemed quite rushed and it’s understandable considering the delays the show had now experienced, but it was Toni Storm who came out on top and earned herself a number one contender spot to face NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Bazsler who herself made an appearance after the match for nice little stare down between the two.

Flash Morgan Webster saw his Tournament run come to an end after losing to Zack Gibson via submission in a match that saw the two really hype up the crowd. Once again Gibson got the bad side of the crowd as they continued to root against him and cheer on Webster. The scouser pulled out a great win after some back and forth which also included Gibson catching Webster on a suicide-dive and turning it into a spinning suplex.

The other semifinal saw Joe Coffey take on Travis Banks, it was good to see Coffey get the chance to work a different style of match than his previous and he really shone here. It was Travis Banks that picked up the win to head to the final but in similar fashion to last years antics from Pete Dunne, he mercilessly destroyed Banks afterwards leaving thoughts of “Will this effect Travis’ chances of winning the whole thing?”.

REVIEW: WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night One (18/06/18) - Rebellious Noise - British Strong Style - Undisputed Era

To break things up with the Tournament we were treated to the match that had been given the most hype leading up to these two events and that was the 6-Man Tag Team match between the Undisputed Era and British Strong Style. The crowd were so behind this match and it was definitely the highlight of the evening, delivering just like we knew it would. As always, I was overjoyed to see Kyle O’Reilly’s guitar strut and the crowd couldn’t wait to shout along to “Adam Cole Bay-Bay“. It was great to see the three British guys team up like they had done before and since the original UK Tournament whilst on the British and Indy scenes. It’s clear the WWE are onto a winner with all six of these guys as this match felt like one of your regular NXT TakeOver main events, it was great to see these guys do it together in the prime of their careers. Roderick Strong is really coming into his own as a heel and a member of the Undisputed Era and the love the fans have for each member of both teams was evident throughout this match, a match that was full of great spots and memorable moments such as Tyler Bate somehow spinning Adam Cole around on his shoulders and Roderick Strong by his legs …I still can’t figure out how he did it.

Pete Dunne continued to build an aura as one to watch for the future with his unique style of submission wrestling and athletic ability thrown in with his infamous strong style. Trent Seven also shone quite well in this match showing he deserves a more prominent role going forward alongside Dunne and Bate who got most of the love from WWE last year. It was British Strong Style picking up the win and leaving the fans happy and refreshed after an already long night of wrestling.

REVIEW: WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night One (18/06/18) - Rebellious Noise - Tyler Bate

As advertised Shawn Michaels made an appearance and to be honest, he didn’t really say or do anything special but just him being there seemed to be enough to make the crowd go wild as his music hit. It was a shame that he didn’t get to do anything significant with any wrestlers or even with Triple H, it would have been cool to see them as DX having a war of words and hitting a few moves on a heel at least.

Finally we saw the main event that was the Final of the United Kingdom Championship Tournament to crown a new number one contender to Pete Dunne’s championship. Zack Gibson came out to the same heat he faced in his previous matches and it really cemented him as the bad guy against the already popular Travis Banks. It was Gibson picking up a third win on the night after working on the apparent injured shoulder of Banks throughout the match. Looking back it was a good choice for the final, not only the heel/face dynamic going on between the two but also the fact that each one of their previous matches were quite different. Triple H, Johnny Saint and Shawn Michaels came out to congratulate the winner as he had a stare down with current champion Pete Dunne to close the show.

REVIEW: WWE United Kingdom Tournament 2018 Night One (18/06/18) - Rebellious Noise - Zack Gibson - Travis Banks

All in all it was a fun and enjoyable event, the distraction of an England game for quite a section of the audience wasn’t the best thing for the show as I did find myself constantly drifting to my phone for results, but once the game was over and we could fully focus on the show it felt much better. It was a shame not to see Michaels do much and some of the wrestling did feel a little basic at times, but for the most part we did see some solid performances from people like Zack Gibson, Travis Banks and Flash Morgan Webster and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them. I wasn’t sure what to expect from night one with so many names on the card that were relatively unknown to the global and even the British audience but I was impressed by a lot of them and it was great to be there for the history making announcement of NXT UK just like I was for the original WWE UK Press conference and just like then, I can not wait to see where this goes!

Check out my review of Night Two of the WWE United Kingdom Tournament.

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VIDEO: WWE UK One Year On | Talk and Beans

It’s been one year since WWE announced their United Kingdom tournament and Scott and Tom have decided to sit down and recap the first year of WWE UK and discuss what they would like to see in the future.

The boys discuss the future of the title, possibility of a regular WWE Network show, the chosen five & the forgotten tournament entries, Triple H showing up in ICW and getting Finn Balor when you ordered Mick Foley.

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Talk and Beans: WWE UK Championship Tournament – Special Guests: William Regal & Robbie Brookside

Episode #17 of Talk and Beans is about the WWE UK Championship Tournament. The boys are joined on this episode by special guests William Regal & Robbie Brookside from WWE who talk about British Wrestling’s past and future.

Scott and Tom review the events, tell stories about “training” with one of the competitors, who stood out to them and the possibility of WWE having worldwide territories.

Lots of laughs, funny stories and ridiculous impressions as always.

 

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Tyler Bate becomes first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion

On a weekend that was packed full of history making moments a 19 Year old from Dudley, England has cemented his name in the wrestling world forever. Tyler Bate defeated Pete Dunne in the final of the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament in Blackpool to become the first ever WWE UK Champion. The weekend saw many surprises from the controversial finish to the match between Danny Burch and Jordan Devlin in which Burch received a nasty gash to the back of the head which seemed to lead to some confusion as to wether or not the referee missed his kick out attempt in time for the three count to the surprise inclusion of NXT singing Tommy End facing off against Neville in a non-tournament match up.

nevilletommyIt was the 19 year old Tyler Bate who stole headlines in the end though after a tremendous Tournament impressing fans with every segment and match he was involved in.

One of the stars that really shone bright was his final opponent Pete Dunne, who himself had a very newsworthy run in the Tournament after quickly becoming the weekends biggest villain. Dunne started Night 2 of the Tournament with his name on most peoples lips after taking out Joseph Conners at the end of the first event. The “Bruiserweight” went on to beat Conners in the Quarter finals and then successfully defeated the popular Welsh high flyer Mark Andrews in a fantastic Semi Final match.

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We have to congratulate WWE on a very well put together weekend of shows and all of the performers who stole the spotlight from the WWE Superstars in America on Raw, Smackdown and NXT.

There have been rumours for years about the UK possibly getting it’s own home grown division within WWE and it previously hadn’t seemed viable but since the rise in attendance, popularity and quality of British independent wrestling over the past few years combined with the growth of the WWE Network after it’s successful attempts at creating other spin off Brands such as NXT, CWC and now 205 Live, it now seems that this could definitely be a venture worth committing to for the Sports Entertainment giants. A British Territory for WWE could be the starting point for the company having fruitful territories all over the world in their biggest markets such as Mexico, Canada and Japan.

There is a full review of the Tournament on this episode of the Talk and Beans podcast.

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Check out the interview below with William Regal, Finn Balor, Robbie Brookside and Neville as they talk about the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament and the future of the title,  wether or not Will Ospreay & Marty Scurll were considered, ITV’s World of Sport Wrestling, advice for British Wrestlers, the history of the British style and the future for the WWE UK Championship. Full interviews will be uploaded soon to the Rebellious Noise YouTube channel so make sure you Subscribe to get the content first.

WWE announce two day tournament to crown first ever WWE UK Champion

The WWE have just taken their claim as the world leaders in sports entertainment to the next level by officially announcing in London that they will be holding a two day tournament in Blackpool at the historic Empress Ballroom to crown the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion. Tickets are already on sale for the event that will take place on Saturday January 14 and Sunday January 15, 2017. We have to admit that this Championship title looks beautiful, it’s got the signature look from this era of the WWE but has a classic and very British feel to it as well with the crest on the centre plate.wweuktitle

Triple H was in attendance at The O2 in London to make this historic announcement as he continues to be the face of all things WWE as far as expansion and development. The 14x WWE Champion has played a major part in things such as the WWE Performance Center, the growth of NXT, the Cruiserweight Classic and consequently the birth of 205 Live.

hhhwweukThe WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative has also stated that “The tournament is the next step in our ongoing strategy to create localized content for our global WWE Network, develop another brand that engages our passionate fans, and add a new dimension to our on-going storylines.” in a statement released today.

Another man who has been a key figure in those ventures for the WWE has been Britain’s own William Regal, who was also in attendance introducing some of the names we are going to see in January on the WWE Network.

The tournament will feature 16 competitors over two days in a single elimination event and will feature talent from all four of the Home Nations and Ireland. The 16 men that hope to make history are Pete Dunne, Saxon Huxley, Trent Seven, Jack StarzWolfgangRoy Johnson, James DrakeJordan DevlinTyler BateSam Gradwell, Joseph ConnersTyson T. BoneHC DyerDan MoloneyChris TylerRingo RyanTiger Ali and Tucker.

During the press Conference Regal also joked that the location of the two day event may have been so that he could “go home for a few days” to his beloved Blackpool. Another key announcement today was given to us by Senior Broadcaster Michael Cole, who introduced the world to the newest member of the WWE Broadcasting team Nigel McGuinness. The British legend spoke of his personal dream to some day work for the WWE, a passion that has been burning inside the man since he attended Summerslam in 1992 at the old Wembley Stadium.

Tickets for the historic event are now on sale at Ticketmaster and we reckon this is a weekend not worth missing if you are a die hard wrestling fan.
Keep checking back to Rebellious Noise for more information, video of the Press Conference and Interviews with William Regal, Robbie Brookside, Neville and Finn Balor.