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WWE announces official NXT UK brand

  • 18-06-2018 8:14pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 48,990 ✭✭✭✭


    NXT is getting a UK off shoot. So if any of the mods want to split this from the news thread...

    https://twitter.com/WWEUK/status/1008803290824495105
    NXT UK, a new UK series featuring the greatest competitors from the UK and Ireland. The UK Championship title, plus two new Championships – the UK Women’s Championship title and UK Tag Team Championship titles – will be on the line. #NXTUK

    https://twitter.com/KennyMc1985/status/1008801633185206273
    WOW, Johnny Saint has just announced WWE NXT UK. London is going nuts. They promise a tag team division, women’s division. Tapings start July 28 and 29 in Cambridge then tapings in Birmingham, Plymouth and Liverpool. Holy ****. #WWEUKCT


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,949 ✭✭✭ThePott


    I assume this is going to seriously effect the contracts the current WWE UK guys are on regarding other indie promotions


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,300 Mod ✭✭✭✭Lord TSC


    That's awesome. I wonder if they'll do a few Irish shows. Could easily film somewhere over here.

    Could be bad news for the likes of OTT though if there's a dedicated UK WWE brand now though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,949 ✭✭✭ThePott


    Could definitely see them filming in Ireland, I wonder what venue they'd run.

    Curious to see where this airs too, I remember hearing some talk initially that they wanted to get it on free tv so the could compete with WOS.
    Interesting times ahead for the UK and Irish scene I reckon.


  • Registered Users Posts: 59,968 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    Well ITV and WOS just found got murdered again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,807 ✭✭✭Pentecost


    Well ITV and WOS just found got murdered again.

    Yeah WWE seem to have been strangely worried about that. I’m not sure there was ever any real prospect of WOS having any kind of impact on WWE financially or any other way. Especially given the figures that they’ll soon be getting for US TV will dwarf anything they get from the UK.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,611 ✭✭✭✭ERG89


    ThePott wrote:
    I assume this is going to seriously effect the contracts the current WWE UK guys are on regarding other indie promotions

    They'll work for ones wwe are in a working relationship with. Pretty bad news for indie groups relying on home grown talent as WWE will hover them up as they won't want anyone else excelling on their turf.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,656 ✭✭✭✭CastorTroy


    Wonder what kind of progression they will have. Like if they do well do they join NXT or go to the main roster?


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,300 Mod ✭✭✭✭Lord TSC


    Pentecost wrote: »
    Yeah WWE seem to have been strangely worried about that. I’m not sure there was ever any real prospect of WOS having any kind of impact on WWE financially or any other way. Especially given the figures that they’ll soon be getting for US TV will dwarf anything they get from the UK.

    WWE didn't get to where they are by ignoring competition, no matter how big or small. I'm sure they'd love to have snuffed out the likes of New Japan before they got started, so they could retain the power in Japan.

    I remember reading that if ITV did a wrestling show, even if it had relatively poor ratings, it would still dwarf the size of the audience that watches WWE shows on Sky. There's a market there in the UK for wrestling; look at the phenomenal growth of indy wrestling in the last 2-3 years in Ireland and the UK. So WWE want to be the ones to capitalize on it.

    I remember years ago reading that Shane McMahon wanted to start up a European branch of WWE, be it a full brand or just a top tier developmental system. There's a massive uptapped market there.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 22,546 Mod ✭✭✭✭Bounty Hunter


    Great opportunity for Irish wrestlers IMO, never would there have been such a clear route to the WWE and surely they will want a certain amount on the WWE UK roster just for diversity sake (same for scots/welsh etc).

    Be interesting to see if different nationalities have factions too.

    I've a feeling Dunne will drop his title to whoever wins the tournament though thus allowing him to go full time in non U.K. NXT (but perhaps sporadically showing up in England on special occasions afterwards)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    Lord TSC wrote: »
    That's awesome. I wonder if they'll do a few Irish shows. Could easily film somewhere over here.

    Could be bad news for the likes of OTT though if there's a dedicated UK WWE brand now though.

    I'd expect they'll be allowed work with affiliated indies like Progress and OTT. Good experience for the guys. and if they start pulling from the UK/ Irish Model/ Bodybuilder scene a good proving ground too. (Like when they sent Brachus to ECW in the 90s etc) Rob Terry must be looking at his phone now waiting for it to ring


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,300 Mod ✭✭✭✭Lord TSC


    Is 31 too late to start training, I wonder :P


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,167 ✭✭✭oneilla


    ThePott wrote: »
    Could definitely see them filming in Ireland, I wonder what venue they'd run.

    Tivoli!? :PAC:


  • Registered Users Posts: 48,990 ✭✭✭✭Lithium93_


    oneilla wrote: »
    Tivoli!? :PAC:

    Scheduled for demolition unfortunately.. From thejournal.ie at the start of the year.
    AN BORD PLEANÁLA has ordered a developer to preserve by photographic record graffiti at one of the best-known sites for street art in Dublin.

    In a novel condition attached to giving the go-ahead for demolishing the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin’s Liberties area and replacing it with a five-storey, 289-bed ‘aparthotel’, the appeals board has inserted the ‘graffiti condition’.

    http://www.thejournal.ie/tivoli-theatre-hotel-2-3804955-Jan2018/


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,689 ✭✭✭sky88


    Lord TSC wrote: »
    Is 31 too late to start training, I wonder :P

    DDP was like 34 wasnt he theres a chance for us all


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    I notice Maxer is over here for the summer, be very surprised if he isn't given a look


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,297 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009


    So will these be weekly shows like NXT (episodes taped each night) or be like mini PPV events spread over 2 nights and aired together

    I'm tempted to fly over for one of the weekends ??

    I wonder will this have any effect on the UK regarding main roster tv tapings/possible future main roster PPV ???


  • Registered Users Posts: 943 ✭✭✭Officer999


    HHH really is progressive I must say when it comes to NXT.

    Great move again


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,553 ✭✭✭Blue_Dabadee


    Anyone else watched the tourney? the British Strong Style/Undisputed era matches are definitely worth watching.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,770 ✭✭✭Sirsok


    Skipped through the two nights in an hour as all the time I uad, watched Gibson v Dunne, Webster v Devlin, suprised at Devlins showing, but Webster looked great , some cool moves and a nice gimmick. Dunne is just fantastic!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,713 ✭✭✭Cianan2


    Got tickets to the Birmingham show, so I'm excited for this one now!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,297 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009


    I'm tempted to fly over for one of tapings but funds won't allow it

    Hopefully they go on into 2019 and may be have an Irish taping or PPV event with some of the NXT guys

    Are they showing all the events live on the network ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 48,990 ✭✭✭✭Lithium93_




  • Registered Users Posts: 23,031 ✭✭✭✭J. Marston


    First NXT UK women's champion is
    Rhea Ripley, she beat Toni Storm in the final.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,656 ✭✭✭✭CastorTroy


    Didn't read the spoiler, but how long until we see it, if there are already other matches filmed?
    You would think Evolution would be a good place to promote that title as well.

    And going by the photo Triple H tweeted about the women's title, I think the women need to be tested for testosterone injections


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,977 ✭✭✭HandsomeBob


    J. Marston wrote: »
    First NXT UK women's champion is
    Rhea Ripley, she beat Toni Storm in the final.

    Wow, surprising. Then again as usual they need their own at the top.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭brianblaze


    CastorTroy wrote: »
    I think the women need to be tested for testosterone injections
    SMH


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,031 ✭✭✭✭J. Marston


    Wow, surprising. Then again as usual they need their own at the top.

    I think they've been steered away from that a lot. Sure you have Roman, Alexa and Charlotte as the golden children but every indie guy who comes into NXT is a big deal and almost certainly wins a title, Kairi with the MYC and now the women's title, AJ is Mr TNA and he's the longest reigning WWE champ since JBL (I think?) They were also ready to push Finn to the moon until he got that injury. (We won't mention Asuka and Nakamura)

    Anyway, don't know much about her but looking at her, I'd think she would
    suit a monster role much more than someone like Nia.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,977 ✭✭✭HandsomeBob


    J. Marston wrote: »
    I think they've been steered away from that a lot. Sure you have Roman, Alexa and Charlotte as the golden children but every indie guy who comes into NXT is a big deal and almost certainly wins a title, Kairi with the MYC and now the women's title, AJ is Mr TNA and he's the longest reigning WWE champ since JBL (I think?) They were also ready to push Finn to the moon until he got that injury. (We won't mention Asuka and Nakamura)

    Anyway, don't know much about her but looking at her, I'd think she would
    suit a monster role much more than someone like Nia.
    I enjoyed Rhea in the first MYC, bags of potential. But I don't know... seeing her go over Toni (who should arguably be on the main roster) and win a title on her first night seems a bit much.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,713 ✭✭✭Cianan2


    I enjoyed Rhea in the first MYC, bags of potential. But I don't know... seeing her go over Toni (who should arguably be on the main roster) and win a title on her first night seems a bit much.
    I'm on my mobile so hope the spoiler tags work... Was at the show, the ref threw up the X so wasn't really sure if it was a work or not, whole place was quite surprised by Rhea winning!

    Quite tempted to head to Plymouth now I enjoyed it so much!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,656 ✭✭✭✭CastorTroy


    First episode aired last night. Thought it did a good job. Will see how they go over the weeks.
    Had to laugh at Trent saying Tyler was the youngest UK champion, considering it was a 50/50 chance of him being youngest or oldest.


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