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.
It 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.
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.
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.