The UK independent wrestling scene has been on fire in 2016. Now WWE is set to make 2017 all the more interesting, with a UK specific Championship.
With ITV bringing back its classic World of Sport wrestling brand, and WCPW setting itself up as the place to be on the UK Wrestling independent scene – there’s never been a better time for indie wrestlers in the UK. Now WWE has signaled it’s biggest intention yet to take control of the market, by announcing the first ever WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament.
The title will crown the first WWE United Kingdom Champion, and will be filmed over two nights in Blackpool next month. The official press blurb explains;
“At a historic press conference at the O2 Arena in London, Triple H revealed that WWE’s first-ever United Kingdom Champion will be crowned this January.
The WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament is a 16-competitor, two-day throwdown at Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom, airing live and exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network, featuring some of the best talent the U.K. has to offer. The last man standing at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion and awarded a title, which was also revealed at the conference.
Tickets for this historic two-day event at the Empress Ballroom will be available starting today at 12 p.m. GMT at livenation.co.uk.
Stick with WWE.com for more news on this incredible tournament as it becomes available, and don’t miss the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, January 14 & 15, live and exclusively on WWE Network!”
WWE confirmed at the press conference the 16 competitors – who will all be fighting for the right to be crowned the first WWE United Kingdom Champion.
— WWE (@WWE) December 15, 2016
The list of competitors we know about up to now includes;
- Jack Starz,
- Tiger Ali,
- Ringo Ryan,
- Saxon Huxley,
- Chris Tyler,
- Trent Seven,
- Pete Dunne,
- Tyler Bate,
- Sam Gradwell,
It’s not hard to see what’s happening here. WWE has been reportedly offering UK-based talent contracts to keep them off streaming services from competitors. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this leads to the formation of a UK specific brand on the WWE Network somewhere down the line – an incredibly interesting proposition.
It should be noted that the date of this competition seems to intentionally lineup with WCPW’s January iPPV True Legacy – something we’d guess won’t go down well at the WhatCulture offices.
Game on as they say.