A breaking announcement and huge news.
WWE is currently in the United Kingdom for two-days worth of tapings for the WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament. The tapings are being held at the infamous 'Royal Albert Hall' in London. Following the first WWE U.K. Championship tournament that took place last year there were rumblings that there was a show in the works that would spotlight WWE's U.K. talent with their own TV series and brand.
This past week it was announced that former British Lightweight Champion and British wrestling legend Johnny Saint was going to be the GM of the United Kingdom brand. The founder and senior producer of NXT, Triple H, stated during an interview last month that there was going to be a big announcement concerning the future of WWE's U.K. division made at the U.K. Championship tournament tapings. That announcement has come as Johnny Saint and Triple H made their way to the ring and announced that there will indeed be a U.K. TV show and the tapings for it will begin next month on July 28th and 29th.
It was also stated that along with the WWE United Kingdom Championship being the top title on the brand, there will be WWE U.K. Tag Team Championships and a WWE U.K Women's Championship.
Below is the official press release by way of WWE.com on the breaking news:
LONDON, England and STAMFORD, Conn. – "WWE today announced that tickets will be available Friday, June 29, for eight Live Events that will be taped for NXT UK, a new United Kingdom series featuring the greatest competitors from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The U.K. Championship, plus two new championships — the U.K. Women’s Championship and U.K. Tag Team Championship — will be on the line at the following NXT UK events:
Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26, as part of Insomnia, the U.K.’s biggest gaming festival, at NEC Birmingham
Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, at Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25, at Liverpool Olympia
Tickets for the events in Cambridge, Plymouth and Liverpool will be available via livenation.co.uk, and tickets for the Birmingham events will be available via insomniagamingfestival.com. Further information will be available at wwe.com/events.
“The U.K. has an amazing talent base and incredibly passionate fans that are deserving of their own showcase,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “This is the next step in our ongoing strategy to create localized content and further develop our brand globally.”
Fightful will have spoilers from day-one of the WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament. Keep your eyes locked on the site for more information as it comes to the forefront.