Pete Dunne is the longest reigning NXT UK Champion of all time. He was locked down in the UK during the pandemic before returning to NXT in October. We saw him join Pat McAfee’s Kings Of NXT faction upon his return as well. Dunne noted that he used the time to get himself into the best shape of his life.
He recently spoke to Sports Illustrated about this, and several other topics including the fact that he believes he can carry the black and gold brand of NXT:
“I couldn’t leave the UK because of the travel ban, so it became a chance to reset my goals. I’ve done this since I was 12 years old and this was the most time off I’ve ever had. When it’s your job and it’s day–in and day–out, you’re so close to it that you can lose focus of the bigger picture. I was able to get in the best shape of my life and completely focus on what I wanted. The NXT title is atop that list.
“I can carry a brand. I did it in the UK with an entire brand basically built around me, and my in-ring work speaks for itself. Now I’m with Pat McAfee, who is incredibly charismatic. It’s a winning combination.”
Dunne is one of WWE’s toughest and most talented competitors. There’s no doubt he has everything it takes to carry a brand and he’s shown the ability to do so in the past. The Bruiserweight is also rested, and now more focused than ever, which is definitely bad news for his opponents.
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