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WWE United Kingdom champion Pete Dunne says teaming with long-time friends Tyler Bate and Trent Seven (Moustache Mountain) against The Undisputed Era at the iconic Royal Albert Hall was one of his career highlights.
After being embroiled in a bitter feud with NXT's top faction: NXT tag team champions Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong and NXT North American champion Adam Cole, 'The Bruiserweight' enlisted the help of his fellow Fight Club: Pro and British Strong Style cohorts to square off in a dream match on night one of the WWE United Kingdom championship tournament.
And it was every bit as good as one would have expected it to be - all six men leaving absolutely everything in the ring and receiving a thunderous reaction from the fans in attendance.
Spurred on by the incredible atmosphere, 'BSS' picked up the win in a match that may well require Dave Meltzer to reassess his starring system.
I'm crying :sob::sob::sob::sob::sob: pic.twitter.com/ocW8sRPlBl- B S S G I F S . (@BSSgifs) June 18, 2018
BSS vs Undisputed Era is so fucking good. No one in the building is sitting down. I love wrestling. pic.twitter.com/ViFQoLfSsN- Jimmy Havoc (@JimmyHavoc) June 18, 2018
24-year old Dunne, who has held the UK title for over the year, has already accomplished so much in his time in the business. But this was one of the top moments of his career.
"It's a highlight of my career, one hundred per cent," he reflected when speaking to the media after night one in London.
British Strong Style VS Undisputed Era stole the show tonight at Royal Albert Hall. @PeteDunneYxB talks about sharing the moment with his great friends @Tyler_Bate & @trentseven pic.twitter.com/Zv6VJ8rKNr- Gorilla Position (@WWEGP) June 18, 2018
"I think they found the perfect location. If you want to launch a UK brand, this is the best place you could possibly find. The crowd were amazing.
"A couple of moments in the match, it was almost quite emotional for us. The bit where we punched the three of them in the face and left the ring while we were left standing there, the crowd just kept coming, coming and coming and [getting] louder and louder.
"We knew in the moment, and we talked about it afterwards, how special that is. I think you're only going to get that with a British audience."
Dunne has no time to rest as he will put his championship on the line against Zack Gibson in tonight's second successive WWE UK show, after Liverpool's No.1 bested Jack Gallagher, Flash Morgan Webster and Travis Banks to win the 16-man tournament and earn a shot at the title.
The Brummie says he won't change his style against Gibson, an opponent he has faced on many an occasion - and is hopeful he can conjure up another Match of the Year contender from the UK brand.
"More of the same from me, " he quipped when asked by SPORTbible what his strategy is going up against Gibson.
"I think Zack's a great talent, he's done really well today and it's such a high-pressure situation. I've worked with him, and wrestled him many times. Obviously this is the biggest stage and it's something I'm used to.
"I hope he steps up, I hope he brings it and I hope we have another Match of the Year contender."
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