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Yes, That WWE UK Show Is Finally Happening, And It's Called NXT UK


It's been coming for a while now—ever since WWE launched a United Kingdom Championship and a tournament in January last year—but it's finally here: the long-anticipated UK division show is materializing as NXT UK.

Triple H, the man in charge of all these efforts, made the big announcement during the tapings for the next round of this year's United Kingdom Championship tournament at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday. This follows the announcement that British wrestling legend Johnny Saint will be the division's general manager, answering the interesting question of exactly what he'll be general managing.

The news doesn't stop there as well. In addition to the actual show, Triple H announced a UK Tag Team Championship and a UK Women's Championship, to be crowned at the first set of tapings of the show on June 29. The only thing we need to know now is where NXT UK is going to be broadcast, because there isn't any news on whether it'll be on the WWE Network or local UK TV. A spot on the Network is probably likely for now.
NXT UK is the first culmination of WWE and Triple H's efforts to establish regional offshoots for the WWE across the world. Why it's taken this long we'll probably never know for a while, but we've heard some rumblings that the first United Kingdom Championship tourney was rushed last year in order to beat the World of Sport revival gearing up at the time.

This also explains why a lot of British wrestlers, both male and female, were getting snatched up in UK division deals. We just thought the women were headed to this year's Mae Young Classic, but turns out there's more to the story. Our biggest hopes are that NXT UK is as good an hour of programming as NXT and 205 Live, that talent exchanges between the three fledgling brands are the norm, and most importantly, that Neville sticks around to spearhead the British division.

And if this is going to be the new world order for the pro wrestling industry, then it's safe to hope that WWE and NXT will be coming to pitch their tents in our neck of the woods too, sooner or later. What a time to be a wrestling fan, friends. In the meantime, you can go catch the first round of this year's UK Championship tournament over on WWE's YouTube page.

What do you expect from NXT UK? Let's talk about it!

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