Grizzled Young Vets: We've Laid Down The Gauntlet For Guys To Come To NXT UK

Grizzled Young Vets are ready for anyone.

James Drake & Zack Gibson are the only two men in NXT UK history to hold the NXT UK Tag Team Titles, having won the belts at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool in January. This Saturday, Aug. 31, the duo will defend the titles in a triple threat match against Gallus (Wolfgang & Mark Coffey) and Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff.

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Speaking to TalkSPORT, The Grizzled Young Vets discussed wanting to elevate the straps

"Our whole goal, and we’ve said it since we won these titles, is to make these titles prestigious. We’re the first-ever UK tag team champions and it matters," said Gibson "As a wrestling fan, some people talk about who they want to see with a title, X, Y and Z, this guy could do this, this guy could do that; but a title doesn’t make a competitor, the competitor makes the title. So we’ve really focused on being the guys to take these titles and make them what they are today, our main focus has always been on that. Not that we have to go to other people, but they have to come to us. We have had small interactions: we went over for a tour of the States and worked with the Viking Raiders, the Street Profits and we defended our titles against Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan."

Gibson continued, "But we just want to make it clear: there is a reason guys like Cesaro and Kassius Ohno are coming over to NXT UK. Because talent over here like ourselves are making a racket and they want to come over and find out what it’s all about. So not necessarily are we going to go over and see what they’re going to do, we’ve laid the gauntlet down for guys to come here."

As previously reported, Cesaro is scheduled to make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver

Fightful will have live coverage of NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Aug. 31.

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