Butch was left without a tag team partner after Ridge Holland walked out on him during the November 24th episode of Friday Night SmackDown. He needed a partner for SmackDown this week and got it in the form of a debuting Tyler Bate. They would win the match and thus, Butch finally ended an unfortunate 7-month streak.

During the January 5th episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Butch found himself in need of a partner against Pretty Deadly and enlisted the help of his long-time friend Tyler Bate. The duo shares a history dating back to their time together in the United Kingdom and both hold the distinction of being former NXT WWE United Kingdom Champions.

Tyler Bate played a crucial role in securing a victory for his friend by delivering a double Tyler Driver. This marked Butch’s first win on WWE SmackDown since the June 30th 2023 edition of SmackDown, thus bringing an end to Butch’s 7-month losing streak.

In recent months, Butch has faced his own challenges, being sidelined due to Sheamus’ injury and subsequently experiencing a fallout with Ridge Holland. All of this has resulted in a series of losses to tag teams in the latter half of 2023.


Engaging in a feud with Pretty Deadly, Butch sought assistance and found support in Tyler Bate. Their recent significant victory on SmackDown suggests the potential for a continued partnership between the two in the future. We’ll have to see how WWE will book them in the coming weeks.

What’s your view on this story concerning Butch? Are you glad Butch and Tyler Bate have reunited now? Let us know in the comments section below!

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