Walter becomes the longest-reigning NXT UK champion

Feb 19, 2021 - by Colin Vassallo

Current NXT UK champion Walter today surpassed Pete Dunne as the longest-reigning UK champion, with 686 days and counting.

Dunne, who won the then WWE UK championship from Tyler Bate at NXT Takeover: Chicago, held the title for 685 consecutive days but then lost it to Walter on April 5, 2019 at NXT Takeover: New York in Brooklyn during WrestleMania weekend.

The belt was renamed to NXT UK title in January of last year after WWE launched the NXT UK brand. Since the belt’s inception in January 2017, only three Superstars held it, making it the least-swapped title under the WWE banner.

The 33-year-old Austrian last defended the NXT UK title on the January 14 episode of NXT UK on the WWE Network, defeating A-Kid to retain it.

4 Responses

  1. Bulldawg says:

    Actually all 3 NXT UK titles have had just 3 reigns each so they are all the least swapped titles as of right now.

  2. Meh says:

    The lack of weekly episodes of NXT:UK in 2020 featuring the NXT:UK roster beccause of the pandemic definitely helped Walter as there was months of non NXT:UK footage (e.g. Bret Hart vs The British Bulldog from SummerSlam 1992) on NXT:UK and Walter was able to go months without defending his championship.

  3. Mark says:

    There are 4 NXT UK titles if you count the NXT Cruiserweight Championship held by Jordan Delvin seeing as he only able to defend it in Europe (which is why Santos Escobar is the Interim Cruiserweight Champion). 5 if you count A-Kid being the NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion seeing as the Heritage Cup is defended just like any other championship, but all matches are contested under British Rounds Rules.

  4. peter says:

    of course you’ll get the longest title run if there’s almost 5 weeks between defenses so it’s not that impressive to me.

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