NXT UK Heritage Cup
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The NXT UK Heritage Cup trophy
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandNXT UK
Date established10 September 2020
Date retired4 September 2022

The NXT UK Heritage Cup was a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE. It was defended on the NXT UK brand division, a sister brand of WWE's developmental territory NXT based in the United Kingdom. Unveiled on 10 September 2020, it was defended just like any other championship but had a special stipulation in which all matches were contested under British Rounds Rules. The inaugural champion was A-Kid. Following the retirement of all other NXT UK championships on 4 September 2022, which were unified into their respective NXT championship counterparts, the Heritage Cup was quietly retired without a formal announcement, thus the final champion was Noam Dar, who was the sole two-time champion.

History

On 10 September 2020, the American promotion 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 26 November 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 was represented by a trophy instead of a title belt. It was defended just like any other championship, but all matches were contested under British Rounds Rules.[7]

In August 2022, WWE announced that NXT UK would go on hiatus after the Worlds Collide event on 4 September 2022 and the brand would relanch as NXT Europe in 2023.[8] At Worlds Collide, all other NXT UK championships were retired as they were unified into their respective NXT championship counterparts. The Heritage Cup was the only NXT UK title not to be unified or defended at the event, and as such, it was quietly retired on 4 September 2022 without a formal announcement, although WWE's website still shows that it is active.

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[12]
A-Kid 2[9]
Flash Morgan Webster 1
A-Kid 2[7]
Trent Seven 1
Dave Mastiff KO[10]
Joseph Conners
Dave Mastiff 1
Trent Seven 2[13]
Trent Seven 2[11]
Kenny Williams 1
  1. ^ Pete Dunne was the special guest referee

2021 Contender tournament

First round
NXT UK
12 August 2021 – 9 September 2021
Semifinals
NXT UK
16 September 2021 – 23 September 2021
Final
NXT UK
7 October 2021
         
Mark Andrews 1
Noam Dar 2
Noam Dar 2
Kenny Williams 1
Oliver Carter 1
Kenny Williams 2
Noam Dar 2
Wolfgang 1
Wolfgang 2
Sam Gradwell 1
Wolfgang 2
Teoman 1
Nathan Frazer 1
Teoman 2


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
N/A Unknown information
+ 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 175 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.
[14]
2 Tyler Bate 20 May 2021
(air date)
NXT UK London, England 1 N/A 161 Won 1–0.
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 20 May 2021 and ending on 28 October 2021, when the matches aired on tape delay. The actual date of when the win took place is unknown.
[15]
3 Noam Dar 6 October 2021 NXT UK London, England 1 260 259 Won 2–1 after Bate's partner, Trent Seven, who was ringside, accidentally threw in the towel.
WWE recognizes Dar's reign as beginning on 28 October 2021 and ending on 14 July 2022, when the matches aired on tape delay.
[16]
4 Mark Coffey 23 June 2022 NXT UK London, England 1 14 42 Won 2–1. Sha Samuels was banned from ringside.
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 14 July 2022 and ending on 25 August 2022, when the matches aired on tape delay.
[17]
5 Noam Dar 7 July 2022 NXT UK London, England 2 59 10 Won 2–1.
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 25 August 2022, when the match aired on tape delay.
[18]
Deactivated 4 September 2022 The championship was quietly retired following NXT UK's final event, Worlds Collide, in preparation of the launch of the NXT Europe brand in 2023 [19]

Combined reigns

As of September 5, 2022.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Noam Dar 2 319 269
2 A-Kid 1 ≥175 175
3 Tyler Bate 1 ≥161 161
4 Mark Coffey 1 14 42

Notes

  1. ^ WWE officially recognizes 259 days.
  2. ^ WWE officially recognizes 42 days due to tape delay, and as such, recognizes that Noam Dar's second reign was the shortest at 10 days also due to tape delay (although in reality, his second reign lasted 59 days).

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. ^ Defelice, Robert (August 18, 2022). "WWE Announces The Impending Launch Of 'NXT Europe' Final NXT UK Event To Be 'Worlds Collide' On 9/4". Fightful. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Defelice, Robert (May 20, 2021). "New NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion Crowned On 5/20/21". Fightful. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  16. ^ Thompson, Andrew (October 28, 2021). "NXT UK notes: Noam Dar wins Heritage Cup, Satomura vs. Jinny, NXT UK Tag Titles". Post Wrestling. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  17. ^ Guzzo, Gisberto (June 23, 2022). "Spoiler: Title Changes Hands During 6/23 NXT UK Taping". Fightful. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  18. ^ Russell, Skylar (July 7, 2022). "Spoiler: New NXT Heritage Cup Champion Crowned At 7/7 Tapings". Fightful. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  19. ^ Moore, John (September 4, 2022). "NXT Worlds Collide results: Moore's live review of NXT Champion Bron Breakker vs. NXT UK Champion Tyler Bate in a unification match, NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose vs. NXT UK Women's Champion Meiko Satomura vs. Blair Davenport in a unification match, Carmelo Hayes vs. Ricochet for the NXT North American Championship". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved September 4, 2022.