Tyler Bate wins NXT UK Heritage Cup Championship
Tyler Bate is the second-ever NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion.
In the main event of this week’s NXT UK episode, Bate defeated A-Kid to win the Heritage Cup Championship. After the match went to its sixth and final round without any falls being scored, Bate pinned A-Kid with just over two minutes left to get the win.
A-Kid hit a superkick on Bate and then went to pin him while he was dazed, but Bate reversed into a pinning combination to win the Heritage Cup Championship. A-Kid was disappointed in his loss but showed respect to Bate by presenting the Heritage Cup to him after the match and clapping for him.
Bate celebrated with his Moustache Mountain tag team partner Trent Seven as the show went off the air. A-Kid had defeated Seven in the finals of NXT UK’s Heritage Cup tournament last November to become the inaugural Heritage Cup Champion.
As Seven considered throwing in the towel, Bate survived an armbar that A-Kid had him locked in at the end of round five. In the break between rounds, Bate had Seven promise that he wouldn’t throw in the towel.
Bate and A-Kid had a 1-1 record against each other in NXT UK going into today’s match. Bate defeated A-Kid in February 2020, while A-Kid retained the Heritage Cup against Bate last December. Bate has been A-Kid’s friend and on-screen mentor in NXT UK.
A-Kid tweeted after losing the Heritage Cup: “We all need good stories to get through the hard times. This is the end of a beautiful story for me. The Heritage Cup’s future is in good hands. It’s time to think about what’s next for me… #NoPasaras”
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This is the third title that Bate has held in his WWE career. He’s also a former NXT United Kingdom Champion and a former NXT Tag Team Champion.