‘The Bruiserweight’ Pete Dunne has sat down to reveal his thoughts on being an NXT regular and how the company should build the black and gold brand around him.
Out of action for several months while stranded in the United Kingdom thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pete Dunne didn’t just sit and brood over what he couldn’t do. The longest reigning WWE United Kingdom Champion used his time wisely.
Not only did he get himself into the best shape of his entire career, but Dunne served as both producer and on-screen talent for NXT UK during it’s re-launch. His appearance to draw the brackets for the NXT UK Heritage Cup eventually lead to a tag team war in which he and Ilja Dragunov best Walter and Alexander Wolfe.
However, weeks later, the future of professional wrestling returned to NXT at Halloween Havoc and underwent a welcome heel turn when he blasted Kyle O’Reilly with a steel chair.
Now, the Kings of NXT technician has spoken to Sports Illustrated about how the enforced break helped him to refocus and why WWE’s third brand should be built solely around him:
“I can carry a brand. I did it in the UK with an entire brand basically built around me, and my in-ring work speaks for itself. Now I’m with Pat McAfee, who is incredibly charismatic. It’s a winning combination.
I’m in the best shape of my life, I’m focused, and I have more of an edge to me than I’ve ever had. I’m evolving and so is the Bruiserweight character, and I can’t wait to see what this next year brings.”
Pete Dunne isn’t wrong. NXT UK was never more watchable or exciting when he was at its helm. His unforgettable and historic reign was coveted by many and provided countless dramatic moments that will live long in the memory.
Should NXT choose to go down the alley of repeating what they had with ‘The Bruiserweight’ on the black and red brand, then the world truly is Dunne’s oyster.
Next on the agenda was how his time away from the squared circle helped to refocus and remold him. When the master of the Bitter End appeared on NXT UK in October, he was bigger, leaner and looked like he was ready to take on the world:
“I’ve done this since I was 12 years old and this was the most time off I’ve ever had. When it’s your job and it’s day–in and day–out, you’re so close to it that you can lose focus of the bigger picture. I was able to get in the best shape of my life and completely focus on what I wanted. The NXT title is atop that list.”
Recently, Pete Dunne and The Kings of NXT have been running roughshod over Wednesday nights, asserting their authority and dominance in a quest to rid the brand of The Undisputed Era.
On the November 25 edition of NXT, Dunne overcame Kyle O’Reilly in a Ladder Match to give the kings a numbers advantage heading into NXT TakeOver: WarGames on December 6.
Credit for the interview: Sports Illustrated
h/t for the transcription: WrestleZone