July 31, 2020 | News | No Comments
Earlier this year, WWE held the United Kingdom Championship Tournament over in England. The brief tournament introduced WWE audiences to a ton of great UK performers that most fans had never seen before. The finals of the tournament saw Tyler Bate defeat “The Bruiserweight” Pete Dunne to become the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion. A few months later at NXT Takeover: Chicago, Dunne faced Bate in a rematch, and he managed to successfully capture the title at the event. The latter match involving Dunne and Bate has been cited by many fans (as well as WWE.com) as the best match in WWE this year so far.
Unfortunately, no United Kingdom Championship defenses have been made on WWE television ever since Dunne won the title. It was also reported a while back that WWE was looking to potentially cancel their planned UK Championship weekly series as a result of budget cuts that the company has been making all summer. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter now states that the plans are definitely on hold at the moment, but the idea is not officially dead. They also claim that WWE is planning on bringing Trent Seven, Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Mark Andrews, and Wolfgang over to the United States very soon. The exact reason why has not been revealed as of yet.
These UK talents could be coming in to wrestle on the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III show or the NXT tapings that take place after SummerSlam, but that is just speculation at this point. WWE has been trying to break into multiple countries all around the world. This is why the CWC and Mae Young Classic competitors pushed where they originated from very hard during those shows. While WWE was reportedly considering holding Asian and Latin American tournaments, those plans are likely on hold along with their UK expansion project. WWE has been keeping their UK partners ICW & PROGRESS busy by sending in stars such as Noam Dar and Jack Gallagher to wrestle for them.
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