The WWE UK Championship Tournament was over a year ago and since then, WWE has only used a handful of those competitors on their mainstream television shows.
To celebrate the launch of Wrestlaholic’s own UK section, here are eight of the top guys from that tournament and what they have been up to.
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Bate won the inaugural title match in Blackpool against Pete Dunne before eventually dropping it to the Bruiserweight at NXT TakeOver: Chicago; a match that went on to be voted NXT Match of the Year. Outside of WWE, Bate competes in many independent promotions primarily in the United Kingdom. He has been a one time tag team champion in Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW) and a two time tag team champion in Progress, all with Trent Seven. With British Strong Style (Bate, Seven and Pete Dunne), he won the King of Trios in Chikara and was ranked 50 on PWI’s 500 list. He has featured on NXT television several times and on 205 Live twice, losing to Enzo Amore and TJP.
Dunne is the current WWE UK Champion, having one the belt from Tyler Bate as previously mentioned. In the past year, he has had runs with the Progress World Championship and Destiny Championship. The Bruiserweight also appeared on an ICW house show with Triple H back in November. Needless to say, Dunne has been putting on great matches as well as defeating Roderick Strong and Enzo Amore since becoming champion. He ranks higher than Bate on the PWI 500, at 29.
Having made the semi-finals of the WWE UK Championship Tournament, Andrews endured one of his best years of his career following the conclusion of the event. He has continued to work on the UK independent scene extensively, including getting a shot at Travis Banks’ Progress World Championship. He has featured on NXT twice, losing to Pete Dunne in singles back in February and losing again, this time with Dunne, against Tyler Bate and Trent Seven. He has most recently featured in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, defeating Akira Tozawa in the first round. As of writing, he faces Drew Gulak in round two.
The other semi-finalist from Blackpool, Wolfgang is an ICW original who rarely features south of Hadrians Wall. It’s been a pretty uneventful year for Wolfie, although he did feature in NXT against Pete Dunne before being attacked by The Undisputed Era. He was ranked at 306 on PWI’s 500 list in 2017.
Devlin was featured heavily in the inaugural tournament as the protege of Finn Balor. The Irish born wrestler is a champion in his home country at Over The Top Wrestling and has been on the UK indie scene in promotions such as Revolution Pro and ICW. He was used on WWE Live events when WWE toured in the UK during May and November.
Despite marketing the tournament heavily and being a part of British Strong Style, one of the UK’s biggest stables, Trent only made it to the quarter finals before losing to Wolfgang in just over five minutes. However, this didn’t stop his momentum and his popularity has grown extensively since being in the two day tournament. He held the ICW World Heavyweight Championship for over two months and was also a Progress and Rev Pro Tag Team Champion with Tyler Bate.
Connors is one of the most menacing independent wrestlers on the circuit and has continued to work on the independent scene as well as on WWE television. He featured on the WWE’s UK tour and was on 205 Live, losing to Cedric Alexander and Mark Andrews.
Gradwell has had a pretty quiet year compared to some of his other wrestling counterparts. He is the current GPW British Champion but has not featured on any WWE events other than the tournament back in January 2017.