For the first time in WWE history, they have crowned a WWE United Kingdom Champion! This weekend, sixteen competitors started the tournament hoping to become the inaugural champion, but only one man was able to come away as the winner. Building off the success of the Cruiserweight Classic championship tournament from the summer of 2016, which showcased the top independent and international superstars under 205lbs, the WWE hoped to put its stamp on another corner of the wrestling market, the thriving UK independent scene, with this 16 man bracket. However, unlike the Cruiserweight Classic which took place over several weeks, the UK fans were treated to the whole tournament in a matter of 2 days!
Take the jump with me to hear some of my initial reactions to the tournament and find out just what went down in Blackpool. Caution: full spoilers after the jump, so if you missed it this weekend, wait to read my thoughts until after you’ve watched the shows on demand! It’s good to be back!
by Louis Tully on January 28, 2015 inArticles, Show PreviewwithComments Off on Wednesday Night Wrestling Preview 1/28/15Tweet
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Previously on NXT, an NXT Championship #1 Contenders Tournament began, Bayley laid out the NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte, Team Thick scored an upset against the Vaudevillians, and Sami Zayn demanded William Regal give him a non-title match with Kevin Owens.
As a result it looks like we’ve got ourselves a contract signing. After relenting to Zayn’s demands to get his hands on best friend Kevin Owens, William Regal will preside over the contract signing for the main event of NXT Takeover on February 11th. Can these men with such a storied past keep their fists to themselves?
Moving on to the tournament, advancing to the semi-finals in last week’s contender tournament matches were Finn Balor and Hideo Itami. Now they await the winner of tonight’s two big contests featuring the renewal of personal issues: the undefeated Baron Corbin and his chief rival Bull Dempsey and Adrian Neville squares off against Tyson Kidd.
Fresh off of scoring a shocking victory over the former #1 contenders to the NXT Tag Titles, Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake are looking to cash in on their hot streak by immediately challenging the Lucha Dragons for the straps. They’ll get that match tonight on NXT.
And finally, the awkwardness between Bayley and Charlotte will be put to the test in a tag team match tonight. The sometime friends/sometime opponents have hit another rough spot after the Human Hug Machine, Bayley to Belly suplexed Charlotte last week AFTER saving her from their opponents tonight, Team BAE- Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch.
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Just two weeks into his Lucha Underground career, Cage is getting a shot at the Lucha Underground Champion, Prince Puma. After demolishing the competition in his four-way elimination debut match, Cage threw down the gauntlet to Puma both verbally and physically, attacking Puma after his title defense against Fenix. Now, Konnan’s protegé will make his second title defense against the machine, Cage.
During last night’s NXT, GM William Regal announced the date and first two matches for the next NXT Takeover special. On February 11th Sami Zayn takes on Kevin Owens in a non-title match and NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte defends her belt in a fatal four-way against Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, & Bayley.
This evening on 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes vs. The World, our own Chad Dukes had the opportunity to chat with the Great White, Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior is a fabulous ambassador for the WWE brand and was funny and engaging as always. These two warriors, one in the ring and the other vs. The World, convened to discuss Sheamus’ recovery from surgery, the grueling Elimination Chamber match, WWE Network, England vs. Ireland in Six Nations Rugby Match, and the Shield versus the Wyatts. Check out the full interview below.
You can follow Sheamus on Twitter at @WWESheamus and as always thank you to our pal Joe V for setting up the interview. Hit the jump for all the highlights!
Byron Saxton kicked off the first NXT show of 2014 by informing the audience that Tyler Breeze was in the arena. Lana then made her way to the ring, and did her usual Russian introduction for Alexander Rusev. The Bulgarian Brute was set to take on Kofi Kingston, a challenge that Rusev laid out two weeks ago.
Match 1 – Alexander Rusev made quick work of the former Intercontinental Champion, forcing him to submit to the Accolade.
You may recall that we previously reported that Rusev could be making his way to the main roster sooner rather than later. The big man has a great look, can really move in the ring, and has a foreign-language speaking mouthpiece who excels at drawing heat (think: Ivan and Ludmilla Drago). Continue reading →