Pete Dunne has all the respect in the world for Meiko.
At the age of 24-years old, the current WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne has traveled the world as a pro wrestler--winning a number of titles and competing for various promotions and companies. Dunne has had the chance to work with wrestlers from all branches of the business including having a few mixed tag team partners along the way as most recently exampled by Pete Dunne and Millie McKenzie winning the PWR Tag Team Championships this summer.
Last year Pete Dunne had the opportunity to share the ring with Mae Young Classic II competitor and former World Of STARDOM Champion Meiko Satomura. The two were on opposite sides of the ring for the 'CHIKARA' King Of Trios tournament finals as Pete Dunne teamed up with Trent Seven and Tyler Bate to take on Meiko, Cassandra Miyagi and Dash Chisako.
'British Strong Style' defeated the reigning King Of Trios tournament winners and because of that match, Pete Dunne looks at Meiko Satomura as one of his favorite wrestlers and during a recent interview with WWE, "The Bruiserweight" explained why.
“I’m a student of pro wrestling. I’ve always been a huge fan of Meiko Satomura so… I’d seen that she’d been added to the Mae Young Classic--I’m really excited for her. I think, especially this late in her career, it's amazing she’s finally getting the chance to come to a platform like this, show the world what she can do." He said. "I've been lucky enough to perform with her and see first hand what she’s capable of and I’m excited for everyone else to see.” Pete continued, “Seeing her live, you’ll see what I mean. The aggression and the competitiveness she brings is something unique and like I said I’m excited for the world to see. I think it's gonna be great to see how competitors deal with somebody with that level of experience that Meiko brings to the tournament. I think that’s what so unique about her; not only is she always wrestling a completely different style over in Japan, but she has that level of experience that’s hard to match right now with those superstars.”
To read up on how Meiko fared in this year's Mae Young Classic, check out Fightful's spoiler articles from day one and day two of the tapings. If you are going to use the quote above, please credit Fightful with an H/T for the transcription.