Wolfgang vs. Tyson T-Bone (WWE UK Championship Tournament Part 1- January 14, 2017)

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Two bigger guys again. This is like a Big Lads match. T-Bone shows quite a bit of personality in his short profile and interview. Says a lot that they trusted him to do a live pre-match interview.  T-Bone headbutts Wolfgang before the bell rings. He is wearing a shirt and pants, likely because of the amount of tattoos. These guys come out hot and heavy. Smart move on their part. This starts as a fun bar room brawl type of match, but things slow down a bit. T-Bone posts Wolfgang and is content to wait on a count-out. Gordbuster by Wolfgang on T-Bone while both men are on the top rope. Swanton by Wolfgang gets three.

T-Bone is the most impressive of the guys I haven’t seen. His promo and look make him distinctive from everyone else. He’s also a classic brawler, something that doesn’t seem to exist in the world of wrestling. This was a very different kind of match than you see not only from WWE but all of wrestling. Lots of punching and power type stuff from both guys.  I was more interested in T-Bone as a personality, but Wolfgang seems to have more in-ring chops. He’s able to brawl, use power moves, and also come off the top rope.

Winner (s)/Rating: Wolfgang/***

Pete Dunne vs. Roy Johnson (WWE UK Championship Tournament Part 1- January 14, 2017)

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Never been happier to see Pete Dunne than after that last match.  Johnson is a powerlifter but certainly doesn’t look it. Give him a unique look to be certain. Dunne has the most clear heelish attitude of anyone I’ve seen thus far. Johnson shows of some of his power after briefly having his arm worked over. Dunne uses the whole ring to his advantage as he stomps on Johnson’s fingers and arm. Back into the ring as Dunne continues emphasizing the arm and fingers. Johnson comes back with a flapjack. The crowd seems to want to cheer for Dunne and aren’t sure about Johnson. It makes for a weird dynamic. Johnson comes off the top rope and is caught with a huge punch.  Back and forth for a bit. Dunne hits a Bitter End for three.

The Finlay/Regal comparisons certainly worked here as Dunne showcased various offensive strategies. It’s easy to see why he’s one of the points of emphasis  of this entire division. Most of these first round matches have been perfectly watchable, but none of the matches have been sticking out. Seven and Dunne have clearly stood out peersonalitywise. Shocking I know.

Winner (s)/Rating: Pete Dunne/**3/4