Nope, not the style of wrestling we here in the UK have inherited from Japan. Still no, I am not writing about British strong-style wrestler Will Ospreay. In actual fact, I am talking about one of the hottest factions in indie wrestling right now. Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven. You mightn’t have heard of these guys, but they’re taking over right now, and are not planning on slowing down.
In this article, I’ll provide an introduction to the group, explaining what makes them so good. There will be a part 2 to this story and I will be fantasy booking these three and discuss what I feel WWE should do with their new recruits. Sound good? Even if it doesn’t, we’ve still got your website click now, you can go.
Basically, they’re three lads who happen to wrestle, really well. They’ve been taking over the UK-indies, travelling all over the nation wrestling quality match after quality match. Along with the likes of Marty Scurll and Zack Sabre JR, they’ve aided the British wrestling scene to a revival, and helped get a UK wrestling show put on the WWE network.
They may be a faction, but they’re not consistently a team, often wrestling each other, with Dunne and Bate even going head-to-head at the next NXT Takeover. As we progress through, I’ll teach you all that you need to know about the individuals that make up the world’s best wrestling trio right now.
Moustache Mountain baby. Seven is probably one of the most unlikely wrestling stars of recent history. Buying his own ring to train himself back in 2008, Trent’s has been on an upward rise through the ranks since 2010. He’s one of the most consistent performers in the UK and is getting better with age. He may not have that UK title just yet, but I wouldn’t put it past him to win it in a couple of years.
Finisher: Spiking Piledriver (Seven Heaven)
• Attack 24/7! Champion
• Chikara Campeonatos de Parajas (W/ Tyler Bate)
• Fight Club: Pro champion
• Infinity Trophy winner 2013
• ICW World Heavyweight Champion
• 2x Progress Tag Team Champion (W/Pete Dunne currently, W/Tyler Bate)
So where would Trent fit in? Most likely, he’d be a reputable midcarder. He would never achieve the main event status, but he’d be a face or heel capable of having a decent US title run. A pro in the ring and gentleman outside of it, keep your eyes peeled for Moustache Mountain.
19 years of age, that’s it. Some people have ruined their lives by 19. Tyler is out there winning title after title. The most traditional wrestler out of the group, he mixes martial arts with strong-style to great effect. Bate has really flourished recently, improving at a massive rate and well deserving his run with the UK title.
Finisher: Sitout double underhook power bomb (Tyler Driver 97′)
• 3x Attack 24/7! Champion
• Chikara Campeonatos de Parajas (W/ Trent Seven)
• Great Bear Junior Heavyweight cup winner (2014)
• URSA Major One Night Tournament winner (2013)
• Kamikaze Pro Tag Team Champion (W/ Dan Moloney)
• Kamikaze Relentless Divison Champion
• Progress Tag Team Champion
• SWA British Lions Champion
• British Lions Tournament Winner (2014)
• wXw Shotgun Champion
• WWE UK Champion
• WWE UK Championship Tournament Winner
At 19 years of age, the sky is the limit for young Tyler. The best bet for WWE is to keep on doing what they’re doing (for once), and make sure that the crowd is exposed to as much of him as possible. After that, slowly move him up and up, and if he continues his accelerating development, there is no reason he can’t be a main-eventer.
My genuine favourite of the group, Pete Dunne is a natural born heel. Able to generate toxic heat, Dunne can hold a crowd in the palm of his hand, as proven by the Network’s UK tournament. You can see Dunne beautifully playing the heel role at the UK tournament by clicking here. At only 24, he really is a bonified star and someone you could definitely argue was born to wrestle. He works very hard, is a dedicated worker and deserves every success he gets.
Finisher: Tiger Suplex or Pumphandle lift transitioned to a reverse STO (Drop Dead!)
• 4FW Junior Heavyweight Champion
• AWW British Tag Team Champion (w/ Damian Dunne)
• 5x Attack! 24/7 Champion
• Elder Stein Invitational Winner (2012)
• Fight Club: Pro Champion
• Infinity Trophy Winner (2015)
• Kamikaze Relentless Division Champion
• 2x OTT No Limits Champion
• Pro Wrestling Kingdom Champion
• Progress World Champion
• Progress Tag Champion (w/ Trent Seven)
• RPW British Cruiserweight Champion
• RevPro British Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Winner
• Young Tigers Cup Winner (2015)
• VII Pro Champion
• VII Trifecta Trophy Tournament Winner
• wXw Shotgun Champion
I may be bias, but Dunne should be given a monster push. A future World champion, Dunne is over and will keep on getting attention. He deserves to be the first English world champion, and there is no reason he can’t be.
I hope this article provided some insight on who the future of WWE is, and why this trio is the most interesting act in strong-style.