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NXT UK Tag Team Championship
NXTUKTagChampionshipBelt.png

The NXT UK Tag Team Championship belt with default side plates
Details
Promotion WWE
Brand NXT UK
Date established 18 June 2018
Current champion(s) Moustache Mountain
(Trent Seven and Tyler Bate)
Date won 9 December 2021

The NXT UK Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE. It is defended on their NXT UK brand division, a sister brand of NXT based in the United Kingdom. Established on 18 June 2018, the inaugural championship team was James Drake and Zack Gibson. The current champions are Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate), who are in their first reign.

WWE had originally announced plans for a United Kingdom-based brand in December 2016; however, it was not until mid-2018 when NXT UK was formally established as that brand. The NXT UK Tag Team Championship was then introduced during the first night of the 2018 United Kingdom Championship Tournament. Although it is one of four male tag team championships in WWE, it is viewed as a step below the promotion’s three main brand titles, the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship, WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship, and NXT Tag Team Championship.

History[edit]

In a press conference at The O2 Arena on 15 December 2016, the American professional wrestling promotion WWE announced plans to establish a United Kingdom-based brand on which professional wrestlers from the country would compete. The WWE United Kingdom Championship (later renamed NXT United Kingdom Championship) was established that same day,[1] however, it was not until mid-2018 when NXT UK was formally established as the United Kingdom-based brand, and sister brand of the American-based NXT. On 18 June during the first night of the 2018 United Kingdom Championship Tournament, the NXT UK Tag Team Championship, along with the NXT UK Women’s Championship, was announced for the NXT UK brand.[2][3] A four-team single-elimination tournament took place on the 24 and 25 November tapings of NXT UK (aired 2 and 9 January 2019, respectively). The finals occurred at TakeOver: Blackpool on 12 January, where the team of James Drake and Zack Gibson defeated Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) to become the inaugural champions.[4]

Inaugural tournament[edit]

Semifinals
NXT UK
24 and 25 November 2018
(aired 2 and 9 January 2019)
Final
TakeOver: Blackpool
12 January 2019
           
Moustache Mountain
(Trent Seven and Tyler Bate)
Pin
Gallus
(Mark Coffey and Wolfgang)
14:39
Moustache Mountain 23:45
James Drake and Zack Gibson Pin
James Drake and Zack Gibson Pin
Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews 9:19

Belt design[edit]

The championship belts were unveiled by WWE Chief Operating Officer and NXT head Triple H and NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint on the 14 October 2018 tapings of NXT UK in Plymouth. The center plate of the championship belts is modeled on the NXT UK logo, which itself takes inspiration from the United Kingdom’s royal coat of arms, featuring a lion and a horse (instead of the traditional unicorn) with a vertical NXT logo between them; the animals are gold while the logo is silver (the WWE logo is affixed at the center of the X). Above and below the logo are two halves of the globe which are colored blue. A banner above the upper globe reads “UK Tag Team” while a banner below the lower globe reads “Champions”. A gold ornamented border with red jewels circles the center plate. Gold and black divider bars with red jewels at each end separate the center plate from the belt’s two side plates. In what has become a prominent feature of WWE’s championship belts, the side plates feature removable center sections that can be replaced with the current champion’s logo; the default side plates feature the WWE logo on a blue globe. The plates are on a black leather strap.[5]

Reigns[edit]

As of 4 April 2022, there have been five reigns between five teams composed of ten individual champions. James Drake and Zack Gibson were the inaugural champions. Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang) has the longest reign, which WWE recognizes as lasting 497 days (beginning 17 October 2019 and ending 25 February 2021); the actual length of their reign is undeterminable as the real date they lost the title is unknown. Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews have the shortest reign at 34 days (WWE recognizes 47 days due to tape delay). The oldest champion is Trent Seven, winning the title at 40 years old, while the youngest is Tyler Bate, winning it at 24.

The current champions are Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate), who are in their first reign. They defeated previous champions Pretty Deadly (Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker) on NXT UK, which was recorded in London, England and aired on tape delay on 9 December 2021 (the actual date the match took place is unknown).

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
1 Grizzled Young Veterans
(James Drake and Zack Gibson)
12 January 2019 TakeOver: Blackpool Blackpool, England 1 231 230 Defeated Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) in the finals of a four-team tournament to become the inaugural champions. [4]
2 Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews 31 August 2019 TakeOver: Cardiff Cardiff, Wales 1 34 47 This was a triple threat match also involving Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang).
WWE recognizes this reign as ending on 17 October 2019, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[6]
3 Gallus
(Mark Coffey and Wolfgang)
4 October 2019 NXT UK Brentwood, England 1 N/A 497 WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 17 October 2019 and ending on 25 February 2021, when both episodes aired on tape delay. The actual date they lost the title is unknown. This reign includes lengthy periods of dormancy for the title and the NXT UK brand owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. [7]
4 Pretty Deadly
(Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker)
25 February 2021
(air date)
NXT UK London, England 1 N/A 287 WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 25 February 2021, when the episode aired on tape delay. The actual date the match took place is unknown. [8]
5 Moustache Mountain
(Trent Seven and Tyler Bate)
9 December 2021
(air date)
NXT UK London, England 1 N/A 116+ WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 9 December 2021, when the episode aired on tape delay. The actual date the match took place is unknown. [9]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The actual length of the reign is undeterminable, as the actual date Gallus lost the championship is unknown. As such, the reign length indicated here is what WWE officially recognizes for the reign.
  2. ^ WWE officially recognizes their reign as lasting 47 days due to tape delay, which is still the shortest.

References[edit]

  1. ^

    Keller, Wade (December 15, 2016). “WWE announces new UK-based brand, holding tournament to crown UK Champion, Nigel McGuinness on announce team”. Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved December 15, 2016.

  2. ^ Pollock, John (June 18, 2018). “WWE announces NXT UK brand with two additional championships to be introduced”. POSTWrestling. Archived from the original on 9 September 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ “WWE announces new U.K. Brand, championship titles and NXT U.K. Television show”.
  4. ^ a b Powell, Jason (12 January 2019). “1/12 Powell’s NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool live review – Rhea Ripley vs. Toni Storm for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, Pete Dunne vs. Joe Coffey for the WWE UK Championship, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate vs. Zack Gibson and James Drake to become the first NXT UK Tag Champions”. Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  5. ^ “Major news from Sunday night’s NXT UK tapings (CAUTION: SPOILERS)”. WWE. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Powell, Jason (31 August 2019). “8/31 Powell’s NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff live review – Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Championship, Toni Storm vs. Kay Lee Ray for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, Zack Gibson and James Drake vs. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster vs. Mark Coffey and Wolfgang for the NXT UK Tag Titles”. Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  7. ^ Owen, Dei (4 October 2019). “NXT UK TV TAPING SPOILERS: NIGHT ONE IN BRENTWOOD”. Wrestling Observer. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Gibbons, Laurence (February 25, 2021). “2/25 NXT UK TV results: Gibbons’ review of Mark Coffey and Wolfgang vs. “Pretty Deadly” Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley for the NXT UK Tag Titles, Xia Brookside vs. Nina Samuels, Bailey Matthews vs. Tyler Bate, Lana Austin vs. Aoife Valkyrie”. Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  9. ^ Gibbons, Laurence (9 December 2021). “12/9 NXT UK TV results: Gibbons’ review of “Pretty Deadly” Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker vs. “Moustache Mountain” Tyler Bate and Trent Seven for the NXT UK Tag Team Championship, Emilia McKenzie vs. Blair Davenport, Sha Samuels vs. Sam Gradwell, Jordan Devlin promo”. Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 12 March 2022.

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