On last night’s edition of NXT UK, it was announced that former WWE United Kingdom Champion, ‘The Bruiserweight’ Pete Dunne, will return to the brand he helped build from the foundations upwards.
Pete Dunne will team with Russian sensation and No.1 Contender to the NXT UK Championship, Ilja Dragunov, to battle Imperium members Alexander Wolfe and the man who ended his historic 685-day reign, Walter, next week.
The bout was made after Dragunov interrupted a backstage conversation between Pete Dunne and Assistant to the General Manager, Sid Scala. Demanding his NXT UK Championship Match next week, Dragunov instead received a doubles outing and chose Pete Dunne as his partner.
Dunne accepted with a shrug of the shoulders and his usual scornful sneer.
The match came about following last week’s main event in which Dunne officiated the NXT UK Heritage Cup bout between Noam Dar and Wolfe. Taking offense to Dar using his join manipulation in an arrogant display, Dunne noted his displeasure to the Scot and events took a turn for the worse.
At the culmination of the bout, Dar lined Pete Dunne up for the Nova Roller but connected with Wolfe when the Brit moved at the last second. Following the bout, Wolfe blamed Dunne for his loss and he and NXT UK Champion, Walter, assaulted ‘The Bruiserweight’ until Ilja Dragunov came to his rescue.
Pete Dunne has not competed in an NXT UK ring since his final match for the brand in the Dark Match of the October 3, 2019, episode when he triumphed over Imperium member Fabian Aichner before being called up to NXT full time.
He has not been seen in action on NXT UK television since June 12, 2019, when British Strong Style fell to Walter, Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and trapped Dunne in the United Kingdom, he was beginning to make headway on the black and gold brand challenging Adam Cole for the NXT Championship at the 2019 WWE Survivor Series and capturing the NXT Tag Team Championships from The Undisputed Era in his BroserWeights team with Matt Riddle.
Pete Dunne has been absent from NXT since the March 11, 2020, edition when The BroserWeights successfully retained their gold against The Undisputed Era.
It’s good to have him back even if it is only a fleeting visit.