UK: The Post-TakeOver Landscape - 12th September 2019
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UK has come a long way in the past 11 months. Starting
2 years ago with the crowning of Tyler Bate at the
first UK tournament in 2017, the Red and Black brand
has established itself as another great platform provided
by HHH and the Mcmahons to highlight the incredibly
dense pool of hot talent.
two TAKEOVER events and 11 months of weekly programming,
the show has cemented its place as a must-see program
in an almost overfilled and saturated market.
brands current Champions are:
- WWE United Kingdom Championship (107 Days)*
Kay Lee Ray - NXT UK Women's Championship (12 days)*
Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews - NXT UK Tag
Championship (12 days)*
The singles division has all been the focus of the
rise of WALTER and Imperium
since his debut match back in February the Austrian
behemoth has been tearing opponents in half and chopping
divots into human flesh. Reforming his wXw stable
Ringkeimpf in May with former member Marcel Barthel
and Barthel's tag partner, the upstart Fabian Aichner.
The now Imperium were crucial in WALTER's capture
of the UK Championship (159+ days)* from the multi-year
reigning predecessor Pete Dunne.
This was followed by a feud with the former champion's
stable British Strong Style. Consisting mainly of
a UK Title rematch and a following 6 man tag match
which resulted in a victory for Imperium, whilst also
revealing the 4th member, old ally Alexandre Wolfe,
formerly of SANITY.
and his stable are now set on cementing their grasp
of power as the heads of the NXT UK beast.
brands Tag Division has a new face, following the
toppling of inaugural champs, James Drake and 2018
UK tournament winner Zack Gibson, Grizzled Young Veterans.
have defended the belt against the likes of Gallus,
Moustache Mountain and The Hunt since winning the
belts back at Takeover: Blackpool in January. Scathing
promo after scathing promo by Gibson, the team found
themselves in a triple-threat barnburner at Takeover:
Cardiff against Gallus and the hometown heroes Webster
The Welshmen took the gold in spectacular fashion
and this week defeated the former champs GYV on NXT
Women's championship has had the exact same amount
of title holders as the UK Championship within a single
from inaugural champion Rhea Ripley to fellow countrywoman
Toni Storm in January, the Queensland native put on
tough and evenly matched defenses against the likes
of Nina Samuels, Jinny and even Piper Niven over in
was then confronted by the debut of old friend turned
new rival Kay Lee Ray. Kay Lee Ray would spend weeks
toying with the championship which resulted in KLR
taking the gold for herself at Cardiff.
one has yet to step to WALTER after his title defense.
Here is a list of possible contenders:
- Following a surprise appearance at Takeover Cardiff,
the Swiss Superman won a hard-fought open challenge
against Ilja Dragunov.
Great to see the former RAW tag champ doing something
since the disappearance of Bar partner Sheamus.
DEVLIN - Despite the Irish Ace's recent failure
at a UK Title #1 Contender chance and sequential loss
against Alexander Wolfe, Devlin has won his past 2
matches, each with a hint of a lust of gold. An angry
man wanting nothing but his goal, Devlin still poses
a threat to other future contenders.
MASTIFF - From toppling Eddie Dennis at Blackpool
in January to running through Gallus leader Joe Coffey
at Cardiff. The Bomber has maintained heavy momentum
and cemented himself as NXT UK's resident Big Guy.
OHNO - NXTs resident Knockout Artist, Kassius
Ohno jumped across the Atlantic this year. Preaching
his belief of being the BEST BRITISH WRESTLER, he
has managed to win 3 out of the 4 most recent singles
matches whilst on the brand.
Perhaps Ohno and his clash with the management of
NXT UK could prove fruitful and get a match with WALTER.
STORM - Despite not being seen since her loss
to Kay Lee Ray, one would assume a rubber match will
be on the cards not too far down the road.
NOX - The Girl with the Shiniest Wizard is back!
Returning this week on NXT UK after suffering a severe
leg injury in her Round 1 victory at the Mae Young
Classic last year. Winning her return match in swift
fashion. Her celebration was ruined by the new Womens'
GABBERT - Debuting in August, the German would
be seen as the new hired muscle for the conniving
fashionista Jinny. Undefeated in all matches except
a Battle Royale, Jazzy is a behemoth of a possible
tag team division has recently been shaken up, the
new team of Webster & Andrews successfully defending
their belts in a rematch against GYV on NXT TV.* Due
to this the list of potential contenders are all speculation,
no team is yet to step up
(AICHNER & BARTHEL) - With Imperium having
a stranglehold of NXT UK, this European Union have
all the reason in the world to turn their heads to
a different objective, GOLD! The duo have had strong
success in both UK and back over in the US (including
a stellar match in Round 1 of the Dusty Classic against
Ricochet and Aleister Black)
HUNT - Native UK wildmen Primate and Wild Boar
are the only tag team on the UK roster that haven't
had a shot at the title. Despite only winning 2 matches
since forming, they have a chance to be granted a
which would most likely end up in
UK is without a doubt the hottest thing the WWE is
offering currently. Its stars shooting from European
staples such as PROGRESS, OTT, ICW and wXw. The platform
provided by the WWE has elevated some of the United
Kingdom and Europe's hottest talent to even bigger
UK is released weekly 5 hrs before NXT would air.
NXT US has started to plateau in momentum, and getting
stale to some fans. UK is a balls to the wall hour
of pure wrestling. A stacked roster as you know but
also possessing a great undercard.
UK is an incredible program and I wish nothing but
success for it.