British wrestling veteran Trent Seven says he’s ready to spread the word of NXT UK around the world again – after insisting the brand out-performed all others during the pandemic era.
Seven, and long-time pal, fellow Brit ace Tyler Bate, form Moustache Mountain on WWE’s NXT UK brand – and are currently the reigning tag team champions on the show.
While the pair are revelling in the thrills of the gold they won last month in a cracker of a match, Seven told Daily Star Online he has his sights firmly set on shouting from the rooftops about the brand’s efforts over the last 18 months.
WWE as a whole was forced behind closed doors as Coronavirus first took hold in 2020 – with even WrestleMania that year taking place in an empty studio at the company’s Performance Center in Florida.
Back here in the UK, the fledging British brand also had to grind to a halt – some 18 months passing before a smattering of fans were first allowed back at their BT Sport Studio base in London last October.
NXT UK continues its gradual move back to normality – and 40-year-old star Seven is loving it.
He said: The fact that we have that tiny base of a crowd back to build upon over the next few months is definitely something that I see as a positive that we’re pushing back into the real world.
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“Going back to touring and flying to other countries to spread the brand of NXT UK and British Strong Style and Moustache Mountain, which we did so gleefully for three years… having that crowd back has definitely given us a more positive path out of this.”
Seven and Bate’s win over Pretty Deadly for the tag title was all the sweeter for having fans there to enjoy it, the Wolverhampton-born grappler admitting wrestling just “doesn’t work without them.”
He was equally as bullish about how NXT UK coped in their absence, too, saying no other group of wrestlers in the world compared to what they’d gone through and achieved as a result.
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“No other professional wrestling brand in professional wrestling or sports entertainment on this planet has had to do what NXT UK has done,” he insisted.
“The hoops it has had to jump through and the red tape we’ve had to work through.
“No one did it for as long as we did and I don’t want to say we mastered it, as I don’t ever want to go back to that again, but I truly believe that the quality of performance from our roster, from bell to bell all the way through, is second to none as far as the empty arena era goes.
“I think that’s shown us how hard our team works, and just how much our team wants it and wants this brand to succeed.”
Catch NXT UK each week on WWE Network, and WWE’s annual Royal Rumble spectacular on BT Sport Box Office on January 29. Visit wwe.com for more.
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