On Monday, the WWE Performance Center released a video based around former NXT UK Champion Pete Dunne‘s match at NXT TakeOver: Toronto II against Roderick Strong and Velveteen Dream, that revealed that Dunne has officially moved to the US to focus solely on the regular NXT brand.
“Here at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, which for me is a big deal,” Dunne states. “It’s the next step in my career.” Pete Dunne made his WWE debut in the early days of 2017 at the first WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament. While he fell in the finals to Tyler Bate, Dunne became NXT UK’s first bonafide star (even if it was a year before NXT UK got its own show). Soon he was making appearances on NXT and showing up on Raw. In the fall of 2018, NXT UK launched and Pete Dunne became the face of the new WWE brand. And now he’s leaving the United Kingdom for America to join a talented NXT roster that has recently been upgraded with the likes of Isiah “Swerve” Scott (Shane Strickland), Jordan Myles (ACH), Joaquin Wilde (DJ Z), Cameron Grimes (Trevor Lee), and many other top international stars. And that was in addition to the top names they still possess, like Tommasso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, Velveteen Dream, and NXT Champion Adam Cole.
“For me, this all feels like a fresh start,” Dunne continued. “So even though I’ve been a part of the NXT brand before, and I’ve done it alongside NXT UK, and we kick-started that. I had a lot of goals within the UK, but now this is my focus. So it feels like this brand new fresh start.” It would appear that some other NXT UK stars will be joining him in Orlando. “Trent Seven is here, of course, he’s with me, to support me,” he mentioned. “Tyler Bate will be coming later on.”
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