WWE’s global expansion just took a major step forward. Appearing at WWE’s UK Title Tournament taping on Monday, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative Triple H announced the United Kingdom was getting its own NXT brand, with taping for the new show beginning in July. The news comes on the heels of another major announcement from the company, which revealed current WWE Champion AJ Styles would be featured as the cover star of its next video game, WWE 2K19.
NXT UK will showcase wrestling’s top talent in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with three championship titles being up for grabs. In addition to the WWE UK title, currently held by Pete Dunne, the UK Tag Team Championship and UK Women’s Championship will also be featured on the new series.
“The UK has an amazing talent base and incredibly passionate fans that are deserving of their own showcase,” Triple H says in a statement. “This is the next step in our ongoing strategy to create localized content and further develop our brand globally.”
At this point, a roster of potential talent for the new series is not known, though it’s very likely that reigning WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne will play a major role. Tickets for the first eight tapings of NXT UK go on sale June 29. You can find out more information through WWE’s website.
It will be interesting to see what this offshoot of NXT means for future WWE global brands. Perhaps eventually there will be multiple NXT brands that represent various parts of the world.