NXT UK Heritage Cup
The NXT UK Heritage Cup trophy
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandNXT UK
Date established10 September 2020
Current champion(s)Tyler Bate
Date wonN/A
(aired 20 May 2021)

The NXT UK Heritage Cup is a professional wrestling 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. Unveiled on 10 September 2020, it is defended just like any other championship but has a special stipulation in which all matches are contested under British Rounds Rules. The inaugural champion was A-Kid. The current champion is Tyler Bate, who is in his first reign.

History

On 10 September 2020, WWE announced the relaunch of their NXT UK brand, following a production hiatus since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Along with the relaunch, the promotion announced the NXT UK Heritage Cup tournament to crown the inaugural NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion.[2][3][4]

Only seven of the eight competitors for the tournament were revealed during the initial announcement: "Flash" Morgan Webster, Noam Dar, Alexander Wolfe, A-Kid, Dave Mastiff, Trent Seven, and Joseph Conners.[2][5] The eighth competitor was determined on the 1 October episode of NXT UK in a triple threat match in which Kenny Williams defeated Ashton Smith and Amir Jordan to win the final spot.[6] The tournament itself also began on 1 October and took place across episodes of NXT UK.[2] The final aired on tape delay on November 26 where A-Kid defeated Seven to become the inaugural champion (the exact date the episode was taped is unknown).[7]

Unlike other championships in WWE (and professional wrestling in general), the NXT UK Heritage Cup is represented by a trophy instead of a title belt. It is defended just like any other championship, but all matches are contested under British Rounds Rules.[7]

British Rounds Rules

Inaugural tournament

Quarterfinals
NXT UK
Aired: 1–22 October 2020
Semifinals
NXT UK
Aired: 5–12 November 2020
Final
NXT UK
Aired: 26 November 2020
         
Alexander Wolfe[Note 1] 1
Noam Dar 2[6]
Noam Dar 1
A-Kid 2[11]
A-Kid 2[8]
"Flash" Morgan Webster 1
A-Kid 2[7]
Trent Seven 1
Dave Mastiff KO[9]
Joseph Conners
Dave Mastiff 1
Trent Seven 2[12]
Trent Seven 2[10]
Kenny Williams 1
  1. ^ Pete Dunne was the special guest referee

Reigns

Note: Unless there is a change in rules, all matches are contested under British Rounds Rules.

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 A-Kid 26 November 2020
(air date)
NXT UK London, England 1 N/A 174 Defeated Trent Seven 2–1 in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 26 November 2020 and ending on 20 May 2021, when the matches aired on tape delay. The actual dates the matches took place are unknown.
[13]
2 Tyler Bate 20 May 2021
(air date)
NXT UK London, England 1 N/A 38+ Won 1–0.
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 20 May 2021, when the match aired on tape delay. The actual date the match took place is unknown.
[14]

Notes

  1. ^ The actual length of the reign is undeterminable, as the actual date A-Kid won the championship is unknown. As such, the reign length indicated here is what WWE officially recognizes for the reign.

References

  1. ^ Currier, Joseph (September 10, 2020). "WWE ANNOUNCES HERITAGE CUP FOR NXT UK". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion to be crowned in eight-man tournament". WWE. September 10, 2020. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Satin, Ryan (September 10, 2020). "NXT UK – Heritage Cup Tournament Set, WALTER And Kay Lee Ray's Next Opponents Confirmed". Pro Wrestling Sheet. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Harris, Jeffrey (September 10, 2020). "UPDATED: NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Will Crown New Champion". 411mania. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  5. ^ Johnson, Mike (September 10, 2020). "NXT UK HERITAGE CUP DETAILS". PWInsider. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Powell, Jason (October 2, 2020). "10/1 NXT UK TV results: Noam Dar vs. Alexander Wolfe in a NXT UK Heritage Cup tournament match, Xia Brookside vs. Jinny, Ashton Smith vs. Kenny Williams vs. Amir Jordan in a Heritage Cup qualifier". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Currier, Joseph (November 26, 2020). "WWE CROWNS FIRST NXT UK HERITAGE CUP CHAMPION". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Powell, Jason (October 8, 2020). "10/8 NXT UK TV results: A-Kid vs. Flash Morgan Webster in a NXT UK Heritage Cup tournament match, Nina Samuels and Amale vs. Xia Brookside and Dani Luna, Jack Starz vs. Saxon Huxley". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  9. ^ Powell, Jason (October 15, 2020). "10/15 NXT UK TV results: Walter and Alexander Wolfe vs. Ilja Dragunov and Pete Dunne, Dave Mastiff vs. Joseph Conners in an NXT UK Heritage Cup tournament match, Isla Dawn vs. Piper Niven". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  10. ^ Powell, Jason (October 23, 2020). "10/22 NXT UK TV results: Trent Seven vs. Kenny Williams in an NXT UK Heritage Cup tournament, Amale vs. Nina Samuels, Oliver Carter vs. Eddie Dennis, the Walter and Ilja Dragunov contract signing". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  11. ^ Powell, Jason (November 6, 2020). "11/5 NXT UK TV results: Noam Dar vs. A-Kid in a Heritage Cup semifinal match, Gallus vs. Sam Gradwell, Sam Stoker, and Lewis Howley, Jinny vs. Aleah James". Pro Wresting Dot Net. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  12. ^ Powell, Jason (November 13, 2020). "11/12 NXT UK TV results: Trent Seven vs. Dave Mastiff in a Heritage Cup tournament semifinal match, Nina Samuels vs. Xia Brookside, Rampage Brown vs. Jack Starz, Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams vs. Wild Boar and Primate". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  13. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (November 26, 2020). "WWE NXT UK #120 - TV-Show @ BT Sport Studios in London, England, UK". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  14. ^ Defelice, Robert (May 20, 2021). "New NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion Crowned On 5/20/21". Fightful. Retrieved May 20, 2021.