Week of January 9, 2017
On a two-day period over January 14th and 15th, the WWE Network will air a 16-man tournament to crown a new WWE United Kingdom Champion. This is not just monumental in and of itself, but there are far-reaching ramifications should this end up being a successful venture.
So let’s take a look at the potential outcomes of the inaugural championship tournament. First, the tournament will showcase a number of independent U.K. wrestling talents that, for the most part, the majority of fans probably have never even heard of. Guys like Trent Seven, Pete Dunne, Joseph Conners, and Wolfgang …these are legitimate contenders to become a WWE champion within the organization.
Now WWE has the ability to do this very thing. Imagine the power the brand can have on promotions and performers from around the world (WWE Canadian Champion, WWE Asiatic Champion, WWE Australia Champion, WWE South American Champion, WWE European Union Champion, etc.).
I don’t know about you, but I’d be more inclined to follow my local independent wrestling organization if they had the ability to showcase the WWE Canadian Champion once or twice a year, especially if that individual appeared on the occasional WWE PPV.
Because let’s face it, none of the competitors for the WWE UK Championship are going to be regularly featured on RAW or Smackdown Live any time soon. So what will the winner ultimately end up doing? My guess is that they’ll wrestle around the UK year-round promoting the WWE brand. This business model can easily be duplicated in other wrestling hotspots around the world if done correctly.