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United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2018)

United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2018) was a two-day professional wrestling event and tournament promoted by the American-based WWE promotion, that aired exclusively on the WWE Network.[2] The event was filmed on 18 and 19 June 2018 and aired on 25 and 26 June 2018.[3] It was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.[4]

United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2018)
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Promotional poster featuring various WWE wrestlers, including Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)NXT
United Kingdom[1]
Date18 June 2018 (aired 25 June 2018)
19 June 2018 (aired 26 June 2018)
CityLondon, England
VenueRoyal Albert Hall
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Day one of the event featured the second United Kingdom Championship tournament, which was won by Zack Gibson.[5] Day two (promoted as NXT U.K. Championship) saw Zack Gibson unsuccessfully challenge WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, and the NXT North American, Women's and Tag Team Championships defended.[4]

BackgroundEdit

ProductionEdit

On 14 and 15 January 2017 WWE held its first United Kingdom Championship Tournament event. At the event, a tournament to crown the inaugural United Kingdom Champion was won by Tyler Bate.[6] A follow-up to the event called the United Kingdom Championship Special[7] aired on May 19.[8] On 7 April 2018, a second United Kingdom Championship Tournament event was scheduled for 18 and 19 June at the Royal Albert Hall.[9][4][10]

On 25 May 2018, Shawn Michaels and Triple H were scheduled to make appearances at the event.[11][12] On 7 June, Johnny Saint was announced as the General Manager of WWE's United Kingdom-based brand.[1] An United Kingdom Championship Tournament: Bracketology special aired on the WWE Network later that day, with appearances from all 16 tournament competitors.[13]

StorylinesEdit

The card included matches that resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches, with results predetermined by WWE's writers.[14][15] Storylines were produced on the NXT television program.

On 28 April 2018, it was announced that British Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) would face The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) in a six-man tag team match on the June 18 event.[11]

On 14 May, WWE revealed details about the second United Kingdom Championship tournament, scheduling the first round matches for the 2018 Download Festival on 8–10 June and succeeding rounds for the United Kingdom Championship Tournament event on 18 June.[16][17] The winner of the tournament will receive a United Kingdom Championship match with Pete Dunne on the following day.[16][17] On 16 May, the first 8 competitors of the 16 man tournament were officially announced on WWE.com. The first 8 revealed were Zack Gibson, Joe Coffey, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, Dave Mastiff, Kenny Williams, Ligero, Joseph Conners, and Amir Jordan.[18] On 18 May, the remaining 8 competitors were announced.[19]

On 23 May, it was announced that Aleister Black and Ricochet would face EC3 and Velveteen Dream in a tag team match on the 19 June event.[20]

On 25 Mayp, a fatal four-way match between Isla Dawn, Jinny, Killer Kelly, and Toni Storm was announced for the 18 June event.[11] The winner of the match will receive a NXT Women's Championship match with Shayna Baszler on the following day.[21]

On 18 June, it was announced that Adam Cole would defend his NXT North American Championship against Wolfgang on the 19 June event.[22]

On 18 June, it was announced that The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) would defend their NXT Tag Team Championship against Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven) on the June 19 event.[21]

ParticipantsEdit

Tournament bracketEdit

First round
NXT tapings (10 May)[39]
Download Festival (8–9 June)[40]
Quarter-finals
United Kingdom Championship Tournament
(18 June)[41]
Semifinals
United Kingdom Championship Tournament
(18 June)[41]
Final
United Kingdom Championship Tournament
(18 June)[41]
        
Zack Gibson Sub[40]
Amir Jordan 09:29
Zack Gibson Sub[41]
Gentleman Jack Gallagher 13:30
Drew Gulak 06:32
Gentleman Jack Gallagher Pin[39]
Zack Gibson Sub[41]
Flash Morgan Webster 4:20
Flash Morgan Webster Pin[40]
James Drake 07:57
Flash Morgan Webster Pin[41]
Jordan Devlin 7:05
Tyson T-Bone 05:49
Jordan Devlin Pin[40]
Zack Gibson Sub[41]
Travis Banks 17:05
Tucker 07:01
Joe Coffey Pin[40]
Joe Coffey Pin[41]
Dave Mastiff 7:30
Dave Mastiff Pin[40]
Kenny Williams 5:51
Joe Coffey 9:20
Travis Banks Pin[41]
Ligero 5:11
Travis Banks Pin[40]
Travis Banks Pin[41]
Ashton Smith 6:20
Ashton Smith Pin[40]
Joseph Conners 9:45

ResultsEdit

United Kingdom Championship Tournament (18 June)Edit

No. Results Stipulations
1D Amir Jordan defeated Joseph Conners Singles match[42]
2 Zack Gibson defeated Gentleman Jack Gallagher by submission WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament quarterfinal match[43]
3 Joe Coffey defeated Dave Mastiff WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament quarterfinal match[44]
4 Flash Morgan Webster defeated Jordan Devlin WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament quarterfinal match[45]
5 Travis Banks defeated Ashton Smith WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament quarterfinal match[46]
6 Toni Storm defeated Killer Kelly and Isla Dawn[note 1] Triple threat match to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship[47]
7 Zack Gibson defeated Flash Morgan Webster by submission WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament semifinal match[48]
8 Travis Banks defeated Joe Coffey WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament semifinal match[49]
9 British Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) defeated The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) Six-man tag team match[50]
10 Zack Gibson defeated Travis Banks by submission Tournament final to determine the number one contender to the WWE United Kingdom Championship[51]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match
  1. ^ This match was originally a fatal four-way match also involving Jinny, but she was injured in the match and subsequently the match was made into a triple threat match.

NXT U.K. Championship (19 June)Edit

 
Logo of the NXT U.K. Championship event.
No. Results Stipulations
1D Ligero defeated Mike Hitchman Singles match[52]
2 Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) defeated The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong) (c) Tag team match for the NXT Tag Team Championship[53]
3 Charlie Morgan defeated Killer Kelly Singles match[53]
4 Noam Dar defeated Flash Morgan Webster, Mark Andrews and Travis Banks Fatal four-way match to determine the number one contender for the WWE United Kingdom Championship[53]
5 Adam Cole (c) defeated Wolfgang Singles match for the NXT North American Championship[53]
6 Aleister Black and Ricochet defeated EC3 and Velveteen Dream Tag team match[53]
7 Shayna Baszler (c) defeated Toni Storm by countout Singles match for the NXT Women's Championship[53]
8 Pete Dunne (c) defeated Zack Gibson Singles match for the WWE United Kingdom Championship[53]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Broadcast teamEdit

Ring name Real name Notes
Andy Shepherd Andrew Shepherd Ring announcer
Cathy Kelley Catherine Kelley Backstage interviewer
Mauro Ranallo Mauro Ranallo Lead commentator
Nigel McGuinness Steven Haworth Color commentator

AftermathEdit

On 18 June at day one of the event, it was revealed that WWE's United Kingdom brand would be debuting its first television programme, called NXT UK.[54] The inaugural tapings of NXT UK occurred on 28 and 29 July at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.[54]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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