NXT UK Tag Team Championship
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The NXT UK Tag Team Championship belt with default side plates
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PromotionWWE
BrandNXT UK
Date established18 June 2018
Date retired4 September 2022

The NXT UK Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team 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. Established on 18 June 2018, the inaugural championship team was James Drake and Zack Gibson. On 4 September 2022 at Worlds Collide, the title was unified into the NXT Tag Team Championship, officially retiring the title in the process, with the team of Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs recognized as the final champions.

History

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]

In August 2022, WWE announced that the NXT UK brand would go on hiatus and would relaunch as NXT Europe in 2023.[5] As such, NXT UK's championship's were unified into their respective NXT championship counterparts. Subsequently, the NXT UK Tag Team Championship was retired on 4 September 2022 at Worlds Collide. At the event, Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) defeated NXT Tag Team Champions The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed and Julius Creed), Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang), and reigning NXT UK Tag Team Champions Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match to unify the NXT UK Tag Team Championship into the NXT Tag Team Championship, with Jensen and Briggs recognized as the final NXT UK Tag Team Champions. Pretty Deadly went forward as the unified NXT Tag Team Champions.[6]

Inaugural tournament

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

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 was modeled on the NXT UK logo, which itself took 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 were gold while the logo was silver (the WWE logo was affixed at the center of the X). Above and below the logo were two halves of the globe which were colored blue. A banner above the upper globe read "UK Tag Team" while a banner below the lower globe read "Champions". A gold ornamented border with red jewels circled the center plate. Gold and black divider bars with red jewels at each end separated the center plate from the belt's two side plates. In what became a prominent feature of WWE's championship belts, the side plates featured removable center sections that could be replaced with the reigning champion's logo; the default side plates featured the WWE logo on a blue globe. The plates were on a black leather strap.[7]

Reigns

Over the championship's four year history, there were seven reigns between seven teams composed of 14 individual champions and one vacancy. James Drake and Zack Gibson were the inaugural champions. Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang) had 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 had the shortest reign at 34 days; however, WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 47 days due to tape delay, and as such, recognize that Ashton Smith and Oliver Carter had the shortest reign at 21 days also due to tape delay (although Smith and Carter's reign actually lasted 62 days). Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs are recognized as the final champions. The oldest champion was Trent Seven, winning the title at 40 years old, while the youngest was Jensen, winning it at 20.

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
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
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 tag team 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.
[8]
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 the respective episodes aired on tape delay. The actual date they lost the title is unknown. [9]
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. [10]
5 Moustache Mountain
(Trent Seven and Tyler Bate)
9 December 2021
(air date)
NXT UK London, England 1 N/A 175 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. [11]
6 Ashton Smith and Oliver Carter 21 April 2022 NXT UK London, England 1 62 21 This was a triple threat tag team match, also involving Die Familie (Teoman and Rohan Raja). WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 2 June 2022 and ending on 23 June 2022, when the episodes aired on tape delay. [12]
Vacated 22 June 2022 NXT UK London, England Vacated after Ashton Smith suffered a knee injury.
Aired on tape delay on 23 June 2022.
7 Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs 22 June 2022 NXT UK London, England 1 74 73 This was a fatal four-way tag team elimination match, also involving Die Familie (Teoman and Rohan Raja), Dave Mastiff and Jack Starz, and Mark Andrews and Wild Boar for the vacant titles. WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 23 June 2022, when the episode aired on tape delay. [13]
Unified 4 September 2022 Worlds Collide Orlando, Florida, U.S. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) defeated NXT Tag Team Champions The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed and Julius Creed), Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang), and NXT UK Tag Team Champions Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match to unify the NXT UK Tag Team Championship into the NXT Tag Team Championship. The NXT UK Tag Team Championship was retired with Jensen and Briggs recognized as the final champions. Pretty Deadly went forward as the unified NXT Tag Team Champions. [6]

See also

Notes

  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 recognizes their reign as lasting 47 days due to tape delay, and instead recognize that Ashton Smith and Oliver Carter had the shortest reign at 21 days also due to tape delay (although Smith and Carter's reign actually lasted 62 days).

References

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  2. ^ Pollock, John (June 18, 2018). "WWE announces NXT UK brand with two additional championships to be introduced". POSTWrestling. Archived from the original on 12 July 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. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b 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.
  7. ^ "Major news from Sunday night's NXT UK tapings (CAUTION: SPOILERS)". WWE. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Owen, Dei (4 October 2019). "NXT UK TV TAPING SPOILERS: NIGHT ONE IN BRENTWOOD". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (21 April 2022). "Spoiler: Title Change And Major Turn At 4/21 NXT UK Tapings". Fightful. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  13. ^ Gronemann, Markus (23 June 2022). "NXT UK results: Tag Team Championship four-way elimination match Sarray, Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs made their newsworthy NXT UK debuts". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved 24 June 2022.