Eddie Dennis: "If The United Kingdom Championship Tournament Hadn't Happened, I Would Probably Have Retired By Now"

Eddie Dennis is all about the NXT U.K. brand.

British professional wrestler and former PROGRESS Tag Team Champion Eddie Dennis is thrilled to be a part of the NXT U.K. brand. Dennis is joined by the likes of Toni Storm, Jinny, Zack Gibson, Tyler Bate, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne and many others. Prior  to Dennis' career as a wrestler, he was a principal at a school and left that position to chase wrestling full-time. It worked out for the Englishman and he detailed his journey to becoming a full-time wrestler when he sat down with GiveMeSport for an in-depth interview about his career.

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"It was definitely a gamble." Eddie said of his career move. "I didn't go from my teaching position to a position within the WWE. I went from my teaching position to just being solely employed to be a professional wrestler. But, the goal for me was always WWE. When I left teaching, they'd already run their first United Kingdom Championship tournament and I'd seen people like Pete and Mark succeed, Tyler as well and of course, they're friends of mine for a number of years and I sort of thought - I backed myself, if you like - if I can dedicate myself to this then I can be with them." He reflected. "But I took a fifth of my pay during that year because I had gotten up to being a headmaster of the primary school. But, it was a dream come true from a childhood perspective, but also from a 32-year-man needing some financial stability perspective as well. I could unequivocally say that if the United Kingdom Championship tournament hadn't happened in Blackpool, I would probably have retired from wrestling by now. Without the WWE deciding to expand into this marketplace, I don't think I would be a professional wrestler right now to be honest."

Eddie Dennis had a WWE tryout in November of 2017 but unfortunately he suffered a ruptured pectoral just two months later and from that point going forward it was a rollercoaster for the former school principal. Despite all of that he has made it to his destination is a now a member of the NXT U.K. brand and Eddie explained from his standpoint what the NXT U.K. locker room is like.

"It's a super exciting locker-room to be apart of." He said. "You got to remember, for a lot of us, we've known each other for years and years and years and this is something that I'm sure has been in the mind of the WWE business model for years, but also, everyone who is involved with it has been grafting away at this British wrestling scene for years to build this to a point where this was a viable option. There's people who have been working, say on average, for a decade to make this a reality. So we're pretty keen that the product we present to you on Wednesday and 8 PM is the best it can be, blows peoples socks off and can grow from there."

 

To read the full interview with Eddie Dennis, click here.

NXT U.K. held TV tapings in Plymouth yesterday and there will be another set of tapings commencing today as well at the same venue.

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