Pete Dunne, the current UK Champion, has been holding onto the belt for 85 days and is about to exceed the inaugural champion’s reign of 125 days. With defenses on NXT house shows and a ICW event helping his track record. Occasionally, every wrestler suffers a setback and Dunne is no different.
During a Battle Pro event in Brooklyn yesterday, Dunne wrestled a match with Darius Carter (A wrestler known for being a bad worker/injuring people) at a Battle Pro event and busted his head open during a “belt spot” which gave him a cut above his left eye, which required eleven stitches. The injury is serious enough for Dunne to not be medically cleared for the weekend.
Because of him being not medically cleared, he has to miss the two Progress shows in New York and Boston respectively. Progress owner Jim Smallman has confirmed that he will appear, but not wrestle. Dunne was scheduled to defend the UK Championship against Raw and 205 Live Superstar Jack Gallagher at the New York event, and because of Dunne’s injury, it is unsure if Gallagher gets another match or just an appearance. Progress has a track record of well booked storytelling, so they could work around Dunne’s injury.
Apart from the cancelled Dunne vs Galagher UK Title match, Mae Young Classic competitor and WWE signee, Dakota Kai, is advertised by both Progress and WWE to wrestle at Progress New York, will be teaming with Dahlia Black to face Deonna Purrazzo and Jinny.
Other WWE signees wrestling at the event are Mark Andrews (Facing against Mark Haskins and Zack Gibson), the team of Trent Seven and Tyler Bate (Both holding the Progress Tag Titles as British Strong Style, defending against TK Cooper and Travis Banks, known as the South Pacific Power Trip) and recently signed Donovan Djiak (Who faces Timothy Thatcher in a #1 contenders match for Progress’ Atlas Division Title).
What do you fans think about Dunne missing his UK Title defense and to what event should the title match be moved to? NXT TakeOver Brooklyn perhaps? Leave your comments in the comment section.