United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2017)

The 2017 United Kingdom Championship Tournament was a two-day professional wrestling event and tournament promoted by the American-based WWE promotion, that aired exclusively on the WWE Network. The first round took place on 14 January 2017, while the finals occurred on 15 January 2017. The tournament was held at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, England and crowned the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion.[1]

United Kingdom Championship Tournament
WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2017)Poster.jpg
Promotional poster featuring various tournament participants
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)United Kingdom
Date14 January 2017 (first round)
15 January 2017 (finals)
CityBlackpool, Lancashire, England
VenueEmpress Ballroom
Attendance3,236
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BackgroundEdit

In a press conference at The O2 Arena on 15 December 2016, Triple H revealed that there would be a 16-man tournament to crown the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion. A United Kingdom Championship Tournament: Preview show aired on the WWE Network, on 9 January 2017, with a behind-the-scenes look at the creators of the event and the 16 competitors.[2] The tournament was held over a two-day period, 14 and 15 January 2017, and aired exclusively on the WWE Network.[3][4] The championship is now the top championship of the NXT UK WWE Network show, produced in the United Kingdom, that premiered on 17 October 2018.[5]

ParticipantsEdit

Wrestler Hometown Weight (lb) Ref
Mark Andrews   Cardiff, Wales 159 [6]
Tyler Bate   Dudley, West Midlands, England 175 [7]
Danny Burch   London, England 190 [8]
Joseph Conners   Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England 196 [9]
Jordan Devlin   Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland 180 [10]
James Drake   Blackpool, Lancashire, England 181 [11]
Pete Dunne   Birmingham, West Midlands, England 205 [12]
H.C. Dyer   Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England 213 [13]
Sam Gradwell   Blackpool, Lancashire, England 212 [14]
Saxon Huxley   Hartlepool, County Durham, England 215 [15]
Roy Johnson   London, England 206 [16]
Dan Maloney   Birmingham, West Midlands, England 216 [17]
Trent Seven   Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England 216 [18]
Tucker   Belfast, Northern Ireland 191 [19]
Tyson T-Bone   Malvern, Worcestershire, England 245 [20]
Wolfgang   Glasgow, Scotland 255 [21]

AlternatesEdit

These competitors were initially announced for the tournament but weren't selected amongst the final 16. They were backup competitors if there were any injuries to the final 16, which there were not.

Wrestler Hometown Weight (lb)
Tiger Ali   Swindon, Wiltshire, England 185
Ringo Ryan   Liverpool, Merseyside, England 198
Jack Starz   Leicester, Leicestershire, England 172
Chris Tyler   Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England 201

ResultsEdit

14 JanuaryEdit

No. Results Stipulations
1D Chris Tyler and Jack Starz defeated Ringo Ryan and Tiger Ali Tag team match[22]
2 Trent Seven defeated HC Dyer WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament first round match
3 Jordan Devlin defeated Danny Burch WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament first round match
4 Sam Gradwell defeated Saxon Huxley WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament first round match
5 Pete Dunne defeated Roy Johnson WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament first round match
6 Wolfgang defeated Tyson T-Bone WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament first round match
7 Joseph Conners defeated James Drake WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament first round match
8 Mark Andrews defeated Dan Moloney WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament first round match
9 Tyler Bate defeated Tucker WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament first round match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

15 JanuaryEdit

No. Results Stipulations
1D Saxon Huxley and Tucker defeated Dan Moloney and Nathan Cruz Tag team match[23]
2 Pete Dunne defeated Sam Gradwell WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament quarterfinal match
3 Mark Andrews defeated Joseph Conners WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament quarterfinal match
4 Wolfgang defeated Trent Seven WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament quarterfinal match
5 Tyler Bate defeated Jordan Devlin WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament quarterfinal match
6 Pete Dunne defeated Mark Andrews WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament semifinal match
7 Tyler Bate defeated Wolfgang WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament semifinal match
8 Neville defeated Tommy End Singles match[24]
9 Tyler Bate defeated Pete Dunne Tournament final for the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Championship
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Tournament bracketEdit

On 9 January 2017, WWE.com announced the full bracket for the tournament.[25]

The following time limits were in place:

  • Round one: 15 minutes
  • Quarterfinals: 20 minutes
  • Semifinals: 30 minutes
  • Final: no time limit
First Round
14 January 2017[26]
Quarter-Finals
15 January 2017[24]
Semi-Finals
15 January 2017[24]
Final
15 January 2017[24]
        
  Tyler Bate Pin
  Tucker 10:34
  Tyler Bate Pin
  Jordan Devlin 6:05
  Jordan Devlin Pin
  Danny Burch 8:55
  Tyler Bate Pin
  Wolfgang 5:55
  Trent Seven Pin
  H.C. Dyer 5:25
  Trent Seven 6:35
  Wolfgang Pin
  Wolfgang Pin
  Tyson T-Bone 6:20
  Tyler Bate Pin
  Pete Dunne 15:10
  Mark Andrews Pin
  Dan Maloney 5:35
  Mark Andrews Pin
  Joseph Conners 8:10
  James Drake 7:12
  Joseph Conners Pin
  Mark Andrews 10:33
  Pete Dunne Pin
  Pete Dunne Pin
  Roy Johnson 7:30
  Pete Dunne Pin
  Sam Gradwell 4:50
  Saxon Huxley 6:00
  Sam Gradwell Pin

Broadcast teamEdit

Ring name Real name Notes
Andy Shepherd Andrew Shepherd Ring announcer[27]
Charly Caruso Charly Arnolt Backstage interviewer
Michael Cole Michael Coulthard Lead commentator[1]
Nigel McGuinness Steven Haworth Color commentator[1]

AftermathEdit

On 15 May 2017, a follow-up to the United Kingdom Championship tournament was announced by WWE,[28] titled the United Kingdom Championship Special, the event aired on 19 May 2017.[29] In April 2018, a second WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament was announced, to be held on 18 and 19 June 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall.[30]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Melok, Bobby. "First-ever United Kingdom Champion to be crowned in January". WWE. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Watch the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament Preview Show tonight after Raw on WWE Network". WWE. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ Currier, Joseph (15 December 2016). "WWE to crown first United Kingdom Champion in January". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 15 December 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 15 December 2016.
  5. ^ "NXT UK joins WWE Network's already packed Wednesday line-up". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Mark Andrews". WWE.com.
  7. ^ "Tyler Bate". WWE.com.
  8. ^ "Danny Burch". WWE.com.
  9. ^ "Joseph Conners". WWE.com.
  10. ^ "Jordan Devlin". WWE.com.
  11. ^ "James Drake". WWE.com.
  12. ^ "Pete Dunne". WWE.com.
  13. ^ "H.C. Dyer". WWE.com.
  14. ^ "Sam Gradwell". WWE.com.
  15. ^ "Saxon Huxley". WWE.com.
  16. ^ "Roy Johnson". WWE.com.
  17. ^ "Dan Moloney". WWE.com.
  18. ^ "Trent Seven". WWE.com.
  19. ^ "Tucker". WWE.com.
  20. ^ "Tyson T-Bone". WWE.com.
  21. ^ "Wolfgang". WWE.com.
  22. ^ "WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament - Tag 1". Cagematch. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  23. ^ "WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament - Tag 2". Cagematch. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  24. ^ a b c d Soucek, Andrew. "SOUCEK'S WWE UK CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT REPORT 1/15: Ongoing coverage of night two of UK Championship tournament". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  25. ^ Staff, WWE.com. "WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament bracket and First Round matches revealed". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  26. ^ Soucek, Andrew. "SOUCEK'S WWE UK CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT REPORT 1/14: Ongoing coverage of night one of UK Championship tournament". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  27. ^ Bobby Melok (10 January 2017). "Meet Andy Shepherd, ring announcer for WWE's United Kingdom Championship Tournament". WWE. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  28. ^ "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 6 and 7 May
  29. ^ "WWE United Kingdom Championship Special premiere today". WWE. May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  30. ^ WWE.com staff (April 13, 2018). "WWE U.K., NXT championship matches announced for Royal Albert Hall". Retrieved April 21, 2018.

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