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NXT UK (WWE brand)

NXT UK[1][2] is the United Kingdom-based brand of the United States-based professional wrestling promotion WWE. The brand was established on December 15, 2016 as United Kingdom. The brand's show, NXT UK, had its first tapings in July 2018 and premiered on October 17, 2018 on the WWE Network.

NXT UK
NXT UK brand Logo 2018.png
Logo for the brand and the NXT UK television program
Product typeProfessional wrestling
Sports entertainment
OwnerWWE
Produced byPaul "Triple H" Levesque
CountryUnited Kingdom
IntroducedDecember 15, 2016
Related brandsRaw
SmackDown
205 Live
ECW
NXT
General Manager:
Johnny Saint
(June 7, 2018 – present)
Assistant to the General Manager:
Sid Scala
(December 12, 2018 – present)

HistoryEdit

In a press conference at The O2 Arena on December 15, 2016, Paul "Triple H" Levesque revealed that there would be a 16-man tournament to crown the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion. The tournament was held over a two-day period, January 14 and 15, 2017, and aired exclusively on the WWE Network. The championship was intended as the top championship of a new WWE Network show, produced in the United Kingdom (the show and its premiere date had yet to be revealed by the WWE at the time).[3][4] Tyler Bate won the inaugural tournament to become the first WWE United Kingdom Champion.[5]

On May 19, 2017, WWE held a follow-up to the United Kingdom Championship tournament,[6] titled United Kingdom Championship Special.[7]

On April 7, 2018, a second United Kingdom Championship Tournament event was scheduled for June 18 and 19 at the Royal Albert Hall.[8][9][10] On June 7, Johnny Saint was appointed General Manager of WWE's United Kingdom-based brand.[11][12]

On June 18, 2018, it was announced that WWE's United Kingdom-based brand would begin filming a new show titled NXT UK in July 2018, and that championships for the brand's women's and tag team divisions would be introduced.[13]

On October 11, 2018 the WWE announced that on October 17, 2018 that NXT UK will air on the WWE Network at 8 p.m. BT/3 p.m. ET.[14]

ChampionsEdit

Tyler Bate won the inaugural tournament to become the first WWE United Kingdom Champion.[5] The first title change, as well as first defense to air live, took place on May 20, 2017, at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, where Pete Dunne defeated Bate to become champion.[15]

Rhea Ripley won the inaugural tournament to become the first NXT UK Women's Champion.[16]

The NXT UK Tag Team Championships were announced on June 18, 2018.[17] At the October 13, 2018 NXT UK tapings, Triple H and NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint unveiled the championship belts.[18]

Current championshipsEdit

NXT UK
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Notes
WWE United Kingdom Championship Walter 1 April 5, 2019 231 Brooklyn, New York Defeated Pete Dunne at NXT TakeOver: New York
NXT UK Women's Championship Kay Lee Ray 1 August 31, 2019 83 Cardiff, Wales Defeated Toni Storm at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Gallus
(Mark Coffey and Wolfgang)
1 October 4, 2019 49 Brentwood, England Defeated Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster on NXT UK
Aired on tape delay on October 17

PersonnelEdit

Television showEdit

The WWE Network broadcasts NXT UK's eponymous television program in the United Kingdom and internationally. The inaugural tapings of NXT UK occurred on July 28 and 29, 2018, at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, and began airing on October 17, 2018.[20]

WWE Network eventsEdit

Event Date Location Venue Main event
United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2017) January 14, 2017 Blackpool, Lancashire
England
Empress Ballroom Tyler Bate vs. Tucker
January 15, 2017 Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne for the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Championship
United Kingdom Championship Special May 7, 2017 Norwich, Norfolk
England
Epic Studios Tyler Bate (c) vs. Mark Andrews for the WWE United Kingdom Championship
United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2018) June 18, 2018 Kensington, London
England
Royal Albert Hall[21] Zack Gibson vs. Travis Banks to determine the #1 contender to the WWE United Kingdom Championship
June 19, 2018 Pete Dunne (c) vs. Zack Gibson for the WWE United Kingdom Championship
NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool January 12, 2019 Blackpool, Lancashire
England
Empress Ballroom Pete Dunne (c) vs. Joe Coffey for the WWE United Kingdom Championship
NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff August 31, 2019 Cardiff
Wales
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff[22] Walter (c) vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE United Kingdom Championship

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WWE launches new U.K. series". WWE. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: A new brand, #NXTUK is coming to @WWEUK. @TripleH and GM Johnny Saint announced the news this evening @RoyalAlbertHall". WWE on Twitter. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Currier, Joseph (December 15, 2016). "WWE to crown first United Kingdom Champion in January". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Keller, Wade (December 15, 2016). "WWE announces new UK-based brand, holding tournament to crown UK Champion, Nigel McGuinness on announce team". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Soucek, Andrew. "SOUCEK'S WWE UK CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT REPORT 1/15: Ongoing coverage of night two of UK Championship tournament". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "UPDATED: WWE UK Championship Special to air on WWE Network on Friday with legend Jim Ross on commentary". Daily Mirror. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2016. The 90-minute show, starring the company's top UK and 205 Live cruiserweight talent, will feature action from tapings in Norwich on May 6 and 7
  7. ^ "WWE United Kingdom Championship Special premiere today". WWE. May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Sean Rueter (April 7, 2018). "Triple H reveals WWE's UK Championship Tournament returns in June". Cageside Seats. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Staff, WWE.com. "WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament at Royal Albert Hall". WWE.com. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Tickets for the WWE U.K. Championship Tournament at Royal Albert Hall are available now". WWE. April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Johnny Saint named GM of WWE's United Kingdom brand". WWE. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  12. ^ "WWE announces Johnny Saint as UK brand general manager". 7 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  13. ^ John Pollock (June 18, 2018). "WWE announces NXT UK brand with two additional championships to be introduced". POST Wrestling. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  14. ^ https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/article/nxt-uk-to-stream-on-wwe-network?sf199802418=1
  15. ^ Zimmerman, Zack. "5/20 Zim's NXT Takeover: Chicago live review – Bobby Roode vs. Hideo Itami for the NXT Title, Authors of Pain vs. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa in a ladder match for the NXT Tag Titles, Asuka vs. Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riot for the NXT Women's Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "The first NXT UK Women's Champion to be crowned at NXT UK tapings this weekend in Birmingham". WWE. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  17. ^ Pollock, John (June 18, 2018). "WWE announces NXT UK brand with two additional championships to be introduced". POSTWrestling. Archived from the original on 9 September 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Major news from Sunday night's NXT UK tapings (CAUTION: SPOILERS)". WWE. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  19. ^ Satin, Ryan (May 20, 2019). "WATCH: Mick Foley Unveils New WWE 24/7 Title, First Champion Crowned". Pro Wrestling Sheet. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "WWE launches new U.K. series". WWE. June 18, 2018. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  21. ^ Hall, Royal Albert. "WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament at Royal Albert Hall". WWE.com. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "NXT UK TakeOver". MotorpointArenaCardiff.co.uk. Retrieved June 8, 2019.

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