During the press conference for the launch of the new UK Performance Center, UK Champion, Pete Dunne discussed what Triple H promised him and more. Below are some highlights with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcription.
On what Triple H promised the roster:
“We were promised from Day One that something would happen,” Dunne remembered. “They just said they didn’t know when and they just said they didn’t know what it was going to be exactly. And it was still a long time after that [Tyler Bate TakeOver] match happened, but I definitely feel like that match helped to cement [NXT UK] a little, especially for a worldwide audience. It made them feel like [NXT UK] is something they would want to see and it legitimized the title a little bit more. But we were told from Day One by Regal and Triple H from even when we were doing the press conference and stuff that there would be a full time show.”
His dream opponent:
“The one that I always say would be sort of a dream match for me would be Brock Lesnar,” Dunne divulged. “I think that would be a sort of interesting mix of styles, especially because a lot of guys my size don’t wrestle the style that I do, so I think that would be really interesting for people to watch. AJ Styles is a massive one for me. He’s someone I always wanted to wrestle. Rey Mysterio, he’s up there too. But then, aside from that, even in the NXT brand, there are so many people I haven’t had a chance to work with. I got to do one or two matches with Matt Riddle on the independents, but I’d love to work with Matt Riddle in NXT. I think we’d be able to do some really interesting stuff that people haven’t seen before.”
Potential for cross-brand work:
“It’s getting to the point now where different [WWE] brands can mix with other ones and there are so many different options all under the same banner, which has never happened before and I didn’t really think it was possible. It has all happened so fast.” Dunne explained, “before you could only really make a name for yourself on the independents or Japan, but Mustafa Ali is someone who has been chipping away since the cruiserweight tournament. He almost had this run on the main roster that someone like AJ Styles or Samoa Joe, someone like that, would have on the independents, but he has been able to do that within this company, which is a really cool idea and it’ll be really interesting to see it even more in the next few years.”