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The WWE United Kingdom Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE for their NXT UK brand. It is the brand's top championship. The current champion is Walter, who is in his first reign.

WWE United Kingdom Championship
WWE United Kingdom Championship.png
The United Kingdom Championship belt with default side plates.
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandNXT UK
Date establishedDecember 15, 2016
Current champion(s)Walter
Date wonApril 5, 2019

Unveiled on December 15, 2016, the title was first awarded to Tyler Bate, who won the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament on January 15, 2017. The brand's show, also titled NXT UK, had its first tapings in August 2018, which began airing in October on the WWE Network. From its inception up until the debut of NXT UK, the title was defended on the NXT brand, as well as at shows produced by independent wrestling promotions in the United Kingdom (UK). It is still occasionally defended at NXT's TakeOver events and featured at independent shows in the UK.

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HistoryEdit

In a press conference at The O2 Arena on December 15, 2016, Triple H 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. Tyler Bate won the inaugural tournament to become the first WWE United Kingdom Champion.[1]

Following the inaugural tournament in 2017, the title began being featured on WWE's NXT brand when Bate debuted during the January 28, 2017, tapings of NXT in San Antonio, Texas, which aired February 1.[2] During the February 1 tapings at the brand's home base of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, the title's very first defense took place, where Bate defeated Trent Seven (aired February 15).[3] The title was defended for the first time outside of WWE when Bate retained the title against Mark Andrews on a show for the London-based promotion, Progress Wrestling; the show took place in Orlando, Florida on March 31 as part of WrestleMania Axxess.[4] The first title change, as well as the first defense to air live, took place on May 20, 2017, at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, where Pete Dunne defeated Bate to become champion.[5][6] Although unsuccessful, Johnny Gargano was the first wrestler from outside of the United Kingdom division to challenge for the UK title on the November 18 taping of NXT (aired on November 22).[7]

When the championship was unveiled in December 2016, it was announced to be the top championship of a new WWE Network show, produced in the United Kingdom.[8][9] However, it was not until mid-2018 when WWE formally established NXT UK as the brand for their United Kingdom division.[10][11] The brand's show, also titled NXT UK, had its first tapings in August, which began airing on October 17.[12] On the premiere episode, Dunne retained the UK Championship against Noam Dar.[13]

Inaugural tournamentEdit

Inaugural champion Tyler Bate, after winning the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament
Longest reigning champion Pete Dunne, who held the title for 685 days
First Round
January 14, 2017[14]
Quarter-Finals
January 15, 2017[1]
Semi-Finals
January 15, 2017[1]
Final
January 15, 2017[1]
        
  Tyler Bate Pin
  Tucker 10:34
  Tyler Bate Pin
  Jordan Devlin 6:05
  Danny Burch 8:55
  Jordan Devlin Pin
  Tyler Bate Pin
  Wolfgang 5:55
  Trent Seven Pin
  H.C. Dyer 5:25
  Trent Seven 6:35
  Wolfgang Pin
  Tyson T-Bone 6:20
  Wolfgang Pin
  Tyler Bate Pin
  Pete Dunne 15:10
  Mark Andrews Pin
  Dan Moloney 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

Championship belt designEdit

 
The championship's center plate is inspired by the United Kingdom's royal coat of arms

As with some other championship belts unveiled in 2016, the base design is similar to the WWE Championship, with notable differences.[15] Instead of a large cut out of the WWE logo, the center plate is modeled after the United Kingdom's royal coat of arms, featuring a lion and a horse (instead of the traditional unicorn) on either side of the arms, while the center of the shield has been replaced with the WWE logo; atop the shield are the crown jewels. The banner atop the arms reads "United Kingdom" while the banner below reads "Champion". Like the WWE Championship belt and other belts introduced in 2016, the United Kingdom Championship belt features two side plates, both separated by gold divider bars, with removable round sections that can be replaced with the current champion's logo; the default plates feature the WWE logo on the globe. The plates are on a black leather strap.

ReignsEdit

 
Current champion Walter

As of July 18, 2019, there have been three reigns. The inaugural champion was Tyler Bate, who won the inaugural tournament. Bate is also the youngest champion, winning the title at 19 years old, while the oldest champion is Walter, winning the title at 31. Pete Dunne has the longest reign at 685 days, holding the title from May 20, 2017 until April 5, 2019, while Bate has the shortest reign at 125 days.

The current champion is Walter. He defeated Pete Dunne at NXT TakeOver: New York on April 5, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
1 Tyler Bate January 15, 2017 United Kingdom Championship Tournament Blackpool, England 1 125 125 Defeated Pete Dunne in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion. He subsequently defended the title on the NXT brand. [1]
2 Pete Dunne May 20, 2017 NXT TakeOver: Chicago Rosemont, Illinois 1 685 685 The title became the top championship of the NXT UK brand that was established in July 2018. [5]
3 Walter April 5, 2019 NXT TakeOver: New York Brooklyn, New York 1 104+ 104+ [16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e 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.
  2. ^ "NXT TakeOver pre-show TV taping & dark match results". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. January 28, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "2/1 NXT TV Review". PWTorch.com. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  4. ^ "3/31 Progress Wrestling in Orlando results: Tyler Bate vs. Mark Andrews for the WWE UK Championship, Pete Dunne vs. Mark Haskins for the Progress Championship, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Jimmy Havoc". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. March 31, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  5. ^ a b 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.
  6. ^ Howell, Nolan (February 15, 2017). "NXT: Bate retains UK title against Moustache Mountain partner Seven". Slam! Sports. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  7. ^ James, Justin (November 22, 2017). "11/22 NXT TV Report: Pete Dunne vs. Johnny Gargano in main event, Ruby Riot vs. Sonya Deville in likely their final NXT match". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Currier, Joseph (December 15, 2016). "WWE to crown first United Kingdom Champion in January". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Johnny Saint named GM of WWE's United Kingdom brand". WWE. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  11. ^ "WWE announces Johnny Saint as UK brand general manager". 7 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  12. ^ "NXT UK joins WWE Network's already packed Wednesday line-up". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  13. ^ Gleed, Haydn (October 17, 2018). "Gleed's NXT UK TV Review: Premiere edition with Pete Dunne vs Noam Dar for the WWE UK Championship, Mark Andrews vs Joe Coffey, Dave Mastiff vs Sid Scala, and Toni Storm vs Nina Samuels". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  14. ^ Soucek, Andrew. "SOUCEK'S WWE UK CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT REPORT 1/14: Ongoing coverage of night one of UK Championship tournament". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  15. ^ WWE Superstars - WWE.com
  16. ^ Powell, Jason. "4/5 Powell's NXT Takeover: New York live review – Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole in a best of three falls match for the vacant NXT Championship, Pete Dunne vs. Walter for the WWE UK Championship, Velveteen Dream vs. Matt Riddle for the NXT North American Title, NXT Women's Title four-way, NXT Tag Title match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 5, 2019.

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