NXT Takeover New York 2019: Walter Becomes WWE UK Champion
Walter has become the new WWE United Kingdom Champion after defeating Pete Dunne at NXT Takeover New York 2019 on 5 April 2019. This ended the 685 days reign of Pete Dunne as the UK Champ which is the longest run reign for any WWE championship for this century.
Pete Dunne retained his WWE UK title against Joe Coffey at NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool to take his reigns to over 600+ days. After the match, Walter made his debut and attacked Coffey before having a staredown with Dunne to make his intentions clear to go for the UK Championship. On 27 March episode of NXT UK, Dunne demanded to face Walter at Takeover: New York and the match was confirmed later in the episode.
Walter enters followed by Pete Dunne. They have a brief staredown before the match. The Bruiserwieght chants go on. Lockdown to a stalemate. Dunne goes for the leg but Walter grabs his leg. Dunne also counters with an ankle lock only to come to another stalemate. Dunne with an armlock with joint manipulation. Walter goes for the clothesline and then tosses Dunne around a couple of times. Dunne avoids the chop in the corner. Walter with an arm twist and takes down Dunne with his arms. Dunne with a backfist and Walter replies with a big chop and another big chop.
A series of rope work ends with a big chop on Dunne. Walter then puts him to the turnbuckle, then sends him outside and hits the back suplex at the apron. Back in the ring, Walter connects a kick to the face and goes for the ankle lock. Dunne counters it into a heel hook but Walter breaks the hold with a couple of chops before putting him Dunne into the Boston Crab. Walter with big fists on Dunne’s chest at the apron. Dunne catches Walter’s hand but Walter hits a big boot to send Dunne to the ringside. Dunne gets mad, some punches, an enziguri and sends him out with a takedown. He hits moonsault at the ringside and then goes to the top rope. Walter meets him there, Dunne twists his fingers and hits the powerbomb to get a nearfall. Walter goes to the ringside again and Dunne hits the double stomp off the top of the turnbuckle.
Back in the ring, Walter nails a shotgun
Dunne starts stomping on Walter’s face, Walter replies with some kicks of his own but it is Dunne who gets on the top with his submission maneuver. Walter reaches the ropes to force the break. Dunne goes to the top where Walter connects an open palm strike and sends him down with a knife chop. Walter goes for the leg drop off the top, which Dunne changes into the triangle choke. Walter takes down Dunne a vicious clothesline, hits another a big chop but Dunne counters and hits the Bitter end to get a two and a three-quarters count. Unbelievable!!
Punch, chop, punch, chop, punch, chop, punch, chop. Walter finally takes down Dunne with a huge powerbomb. He goes to the top turnbuckle and hits the body splash from there. He covers Dunne and pins him to end the 685 days reign.
Winner- Walter with a pinfall