WWE expanded to the UK market with the introduction of NXT UK in June 2018. This project gave birth to top talent such as Tyler Bate, Pete Dunne, Gunther and many more. NXT UK talent assumed that WWE was going to shut down the brand for good, which is what happened in the end.
WWE recently announced NXT Europe, as NXT UK is a thing of the past. NXT Europe will “reimagine the brand and talent pipeline” with a renewed focus on Europe. NXT UK will be going on hiatus for a few months after their Worlds Collide event next month.
The Worlds Collide event will feature talent from both NXT and NXT UK. While speaking on his Gentleman Villain podcast, William Regal stated that he does not care if he gets fired from AEW for defending NXT UK.
“So, if they want to try and take me up on this, take me up on it and if I get fired from the company I’m working for now for sticking up [for them], then so be it.
“‘NXT UK’ was a passion project of mine, to give a decent place for British and European talent to get a pipeline so they could go to WWE and have the charmed life that I’ve had. If they don’t like that, then they can get stuffed … This was all done for the right reasons. How it’s played out is an unfortunate thing.”
NXT Europe was also in the works for many years. NXT Champion Bron Breakker vs NXT UK Champion Tyler Bate will likely be the main event of the Worlds Collide show on September 4th as well. WWE has also released a lot of talent from NXT UK so far. We’ll have to see how NXT Europe turns out.
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