Sitting in a Chicago hotel room with fellow wrestler Tyler Bate in May 2017, the then-23-year-old Dunne shut off his phone and began soaking in the moment the two British-bred performers had just shared at NXT’s TakeOver: Chicago event. The professional wrestling world was already buzzing about the match, a 15-minute bout that pitted Dunne — the self-proclaimed “Bruiserweight” whose reviled onscreen character is no less a schoolyard bully than he is a gifted wrestler — against Bate, the baby-faced WWE United Kingdom champion.
Dunne went on to win the tense title fight, which immediately received praise from critics and peers alike and was later named NXT’s “2017 Match of the Year.” Four months into his WWE career, Dunne had already made his first mark in history with the WWE U.K. championship. Now, with his phone off and championship belt in hand, he was finally realizing the potential of his opportunity… Read the Full Story HERE
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