In the past decade, the wrestling industry has changed for the better. Brands like NXT have provided a platform for indie stars to shine in front of worldwide audiences. The likes of Pete Dunne, Ricochet, Adam Cole and Velveteen Dream have flourished on the black and gold brand. WWE decided to take it a step further by introducing NXT UK. Wrestlers from all over the UK have the chance to build their credibility on a grander stage. Here’s what I’ve thought of NXT UK so far.
Changing the game
After a month of watching NXT UK on the WWE Network, I’m happy to say the industry is moving in the right direction. Historically, the English wrestling industry has been scattered and only a handful of promotions existed. While I was training to be a wrestler in the late 2000s, the UK scene didn’t have the level of excitement that it does now.
Today, it feels like the UK scene is going through a wrestling renaissance. Fans turn up to independent shows to drink, have a laugh and watch talented performers. Promotions like Progress, ICW and Fight Club: Pro have elevated the industry. Wrestlers have been able to perform in front of larger audiences and they’ve been allowed to go all out to put on a show. Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate have all stood out, helping to raise the legitimacy of the UK wrestling scene.
A bright future
The introduction of NXT UK felt like a natural step forward. There’s an unlimited amount of talent in the country and Triple H recognised it. The shows have a big fight feel to them and the venues are a reflection of the atmosphere. The first taping was held at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, an arena that could host a main roster show like RAW or Smackdown.
Wrestlers who’ve been part of the UK scene for years finally have the chance to showcase their talents. Wrestlers like Flash Morgan Webster, Noam Dar, Travis Banks and El Ligero have already killed it during their segments. One of the best NXT UK matches I watched recently was Dar vs Zack Gibson. The two of them beat the hell out of each other and the fans loved every minute of it!
Another great thing about NXT UK is that different divisions can flourish. There’s been talk of setting up UK tag titles and a UK woman’s title. Not only will this increase competition, but individual stars can be built up around a new title. Just look at what WWE did with Pete Dunne and the UK title.
It’s early days for NXT UK and the brand is still developing. But I have no doubt that it will revolutionise the British wrestling scene and continue to create superstars. It’s an amazing time to be a wrestling fan!