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Daily DeMarco: Pete Dunne Taking Increased WWE Role In 2019?

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Are we going to see more of WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne stateside for WWE in 2019? Greg DeMarco thinks so!

Pete Dunne has taken the wrestling world by storm since his initial appearance in the WWE United Championship Tournament. Dunne would lose to Tyler Bate in the finals, but would go on to defeat Bate for that same title at WWE NXT Takeover: Chicago in what I recently called one of the best matches I’ve ever seen.

Fast forward to December 31, 2018, and Dunne has held that championship for 590 days (and counting), and is on a collision course with Gallus member Joe Coffey at NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool on January 12. Dunne may have given us reason to pick against him at that event earlier today.

Pete Dunne defeated Tyler Bate in the main event of PROGRESS Chapter 82: Unboxing today, and shared an interesting tweet after the event:

“Finished my time on the British independent scene tonight” is a hell of a statement for Dunne, who at age 25 is already considered a 13-year veteran of the ring and has been a staple of the UK wrestling scene. While he is under contract to WWE, he has seen the same flexibility as other NXT UK talents, wrestling at specific independent events in the United Kingdom, including PROGRESS.

That seems to be coming to an end, according to his tweet.

Pete Dunne has been much more involved in non NXT UK events over the past two years, wrestling on the main roster in a win over Enzo Amore, and being part of multiple NXT Takeover events, including working the recent War Games match alongside Ricochet and the War Raiders–a team that was victorious over Undisputed Era.

Dunne is an amazingly talented performer, and is over with the WWE United States audience to a huge degree. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him drop the NXT UK Championship to Joe Coffey–himself deserving of such an honor. Coffey has been one of the most impressive NXT UK stars since the brand’s inception, and has a crew to back him up as a strong heel champion.

As for Dunne, he can be an asset to any brand. If I were WWE, I would put him wherever a shot of energy is needed. If that’s 205 Live, count me in, as long as Dunne gets regular work. Personally, I would love to see him in NXT, where he can work the likes of Adam Cole, Ricochet, Velveteen Dream, Tommaso Ciampa, and Johnny Gargano.

Dunne could still work the NXT UK tapings, so dropping the UK Championship isn’t a “must” at this point. But I have a feeling it’s likely, so he’s fully available to the WWE’s US brands. I would expect him to appear in the Royal Rumble, and a spot at Takeover: Phoenix isn’t out of the question. Either way, this all reads like a change in focus for Dunne–one that he is more than ready for.


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Daily DeMarco: NXT & NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool Ratings & Review

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Greg DeMarco is here with his match ratings for the UK’s first Takeover, WWE NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool!

The WWE’s NXT UK brand presented their first ever Takeover on Saturday, from the place it all started, The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool. The

  • Zack Gibson & James Drake defeated Mustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) in 23:43 to become the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions – ****3/4

This match was fantastic. I can’t speak enough to it. It built to the third act, which delivered in a big way. All four men had their strengths highlighted, and their weaknesses used against them. Zack Gibson and Trent Seven did an amazing job directing traffic, and all four sold like champs in this match.

I noticed one thing that sets this match apart. The tag team offense came as a result of communication. It wasn’t automatic. This felt real, and is the type of thing that could reinvent tag team wrestling again for WWE. Kudos to everyone involved.

  • Finn Balor pinned Jordan Devlin in 11:51 with the Coup De Grace – ***1/2

The rating here is for the entire story, including Travis Banks’ pre-match attack on Jordan Devlin that led him being helped to the back, and Finn Balor being introduced as “Plan B.”

Balor and Devlin put on a storytelling classic, with Balor taking the early advantage, and Devlin being at his cheating best to steal that advantage back. The match itself was “shorter” than you’d expect, but Balor is a former Universal Champion and is poised for a big 2019. Devlin still looked great in the loss, and this could be a thread in NXT UK over the next year.

By the way, Devlin’s Yanking Backdrop Driver is amazing.

  • Eddie Dennis beat Dave Mastiff in a No Disqualification Match at 10:48 – **1/2

The shortest match on the card, and it only took a few minutes for the stairs to end up in the ring, a Kendo Stick to be wielded, and the mats to be removed from the floor. Maybe it’s the over-used stipulation, but I didn’t love it. It wasn’t offensive, but compared to other matches of this style we’ve seen over the past year, this one fell short.

  • Toni Storm pinned Rhea Ripley to win the NXT UK Women’s Championship in 14:48 – ***

A good match, yes. But it was lacking in some areas, sloppy in others, and slow still in others. That showed in the crowd, too, as they were lowest for this match (unless people were kicking out of finishers). Even the applause seemed to be more polite than passionate.

They still popped huge for the finish, as Toni Storm is one of the most likable people around. Not in the business, but in the entire world. I also think the right person won, on this night, but Rhea Ripley (who was possibly champion due to injuries to others) has the potential to be a legendary WWE performer.

  • Pete Dunne forced Joe Coffey to submit to retain the WWE United Kingdom Championship in 34:13 – ***1/2

Joe Coffey has always looked like an ultra-talented Jim Neidhart, but damn is he good. I kinda wish he won this match, because he would make one hell of a heel champion. Sadly, it’s Pete Dunne’s time in NXT UK.

This match was decidedly equal. Coffey looked like a star, and the two botches actually worked for this match. Dunne won via submission, which he’s done a few times recently. After the finish we saw the NXT UK debut of WALTER, and I half worry that he’ll be given the championship right away.  Not that he won’t make a great champion, but I’d like to see more of a build.

Overall this was a great first Takeover outing for NXT UK. It wasn’t perfect, but it set the table for this great brand. I think it’s my favorite brand at the moment, and I can’t wait for what they do next.

 


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Daily DeMarco: Could Finn Balor Win The Royal Rumble?

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After campaigning for Aleister Black to win the 2019 WWE Royal Rumble, Greg DeMarco is now wondering out loud about Finn Balor and his chances in the big match.

After a day of backend issues for the site, I am excited to focus on bringing the written word to you, the readers! IT’s frustrating when the only thing that won’t work is the button to add a new article! We got it fixed, and have a great slate of content coming out.

So let’s focus on what’s good, and that’s

Could Finn Balor win the Royal Rumble?

We are just a few short weeks away from the 2019 Royal Rumble, where two people will punch their ticket to the theoretical main event of WrestleMania. Now I fully expect Charlotte Flair to win the Women’s Rumble, and stake her claim at a shot at Ronda Rousey at MetLife Stadium, possibly closing out the yearly spectacle. It’s what I believe will happen, it’s what I want to happen, and it’s what I think should happen.

So what about the Men’s Royal Rumble? As 2018 comes to a close, WWE hasn’t positioned any front runners to challenge for Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship or Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship at WrestleMania 35. Without any obvious challengers, the Royal rumble match itself is wide open.

I previously suggested WWE should go with a surprise winner in Aleister Black. I stand by it, as the company would be provided 2.5 months to build Black as the challenger for either Daniel Bryan or Brock Lesnar, and a win would solidify him on the main roster for years to come. But if it’s not Black, then who?

There is a good list of potential Royal Rumble winners, many of whom I can go into further detail about in the coming weeks:

  • Seth Rollins
  • Drew McIntyre
  • AJ Styles

Another candidate? Finn Balor.

And in my opinion, Finn Balor is the most intriguing option here. He was the first ever Universal Champion, which gives him a built in storyline against Brock Lesnar. For me, that raises the obvious question of if Finn Balor is credible against Brock Lesnar.

The answer is equally obvious: of course he is.

This has nothing to do with Finn being the first ever Universal Champion, as a champion like Brock Lesnar transcends wins and losses. Brock is a beast–a Beast Incarnate in fact. But Finn Balor has the equalizer: The Demon.

The Demon has never lost in WWE, but it’s also never faced a foe quite like Brock Lesnar. It wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility for Lesnar to get the first win over Finn Balor’s Demon, but I don’t think that happens. WWE loves creating history, and keeping The Demon undefeated can play into the history of Finn Balor.

If The Demon is to beat The Beast at WrestleMania, is it The Demon that wins the Royal Rumble? If I’m holding the book, the answer is yes. Imagine this… The Demon enters the Royal Rumble at #1, lasting all the way to the end. Maybe he enters the final two with John Cena, who is of course seeking one more championship reign to break his tie with Ric Flair. Balor overcomes the legend, building his own in the process.

But that does more than elevate Finn Balor. Going through nearly 60-minutes of a Royal Rumble would wear away most if not all of The Demon paint, nearly humanizing The Demon and creating a greater link between Finn and his alter ego. It also adds a new element to the power of the paint, and the power of the man himself.

As WWE looks to (at least claims to) usher in a new era, Finn Balor is a great option to lead the charge. He has everything you want–look, charisma, skill. He has the all-important “it factor,” which you can’t instill in someone. Either they have it, or they don’t.

The title of this article asks if Finn Balor can win the Royal Rumble. For me, it’s really between AJ Styles and Finn Balor as my pick for the Royal Rumble. Finn Balor presents the greatest upside, and gains the most. Thus, the answer to the question…is yes.


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