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Pete Dunne is the current United Kingdom Champion in WWE. He’s all of 23 years old, and though he’s just 5-foot-10, he carries himself in a way that makes him seem more menacing than that frame suggests — no one blinks at his nickname, the “Bruiserweight,” and there’s a reason for that.
It’s no surprise, then, that when Dunne was recently asked about his dream opponent, he didn’t go for someone close to his size or tease us with a William Regal match-up that’ll never happen. Nah, Dunne went big, and he went Beastly. (h/t SEScoops for the transcription, original interview at Card Subject to Change):
“The big one for me is Brock Lesnar. I like that you believe in him, because that is him. I try to carry myself that way and I look to someday reach that level. I think it would be a match people wouldn’t expect but it’s one I’d love to have. It’d be a good fight.”
Beast vs. Bruiserweight would be something else. We never get to see Brock Lesnar wrestle smaller guys, as someone else big and strong (John Cena, Roman Reigns, Goldberg) tends to be the opponent. Seth Rollins, at 6-foot-1 and 217 pounds, is the smallest guy Lesnar has faced in awhile — it’s easy to forget that Dean Ambrose is 6-foot-4, an inch taller than Brock is. Dunne’s grinding style could work well against Brock, though, especially since he knows how to take a beating, too.
The outcome would probably be Dunne losing, but even getting to the level where you face Brock Lesnar is a huge achievement. And Dunne isn’t United Kingdom Champion just because: he’s got a ceiling as high as that of anyone showing up on NXT these days. Maybe his dream of staring down Lesnar and having that “good fight” is a realistic one.
- There’s a chance a match planned for WrestleMania 34 could be happening at SummerSlam, but you’ll have to check the Rumor Roundup to see which one. Hey, I’m not spoiling this for everyone.
- Did Becky Lynch give the promo of the year this Tuesday? This Cagesider thinks it has that potential.
- Here is a slow-motion video of Dean Ambrose slicing a watermelon in half.
- Kairi Hojo was in attendance at the latest NXT taping. That’s not a spoiler or anything, she was just watching what was going down.
- Alberto El Patron would like you to know that the main event of Slammiversary is going to be better than Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe, the main of a B-level pay-per-view representing the roster of just one of WWE’s two primary brands.
- It might be easier to believe Alberto if Impact was doing a better job of building to the event and the match.
- Mauro Ranallo is back with WWE, this time with NXT. It’s hard not to read this as a way to keep him in the company but away from JBL.
- If you still don’t like Charlotte Flair, this video has a real good chance of changing that.
- We’ve got five more competitors announced for the Mae Young Classic, including the recently christened Abbey Laith. It’s also worth pointing out that WWE’s website mentioned the former Kimber Lee’s time as the first woman to hold the Chikara Grand Champion. 2017 is wild.
- Netflix’s GLOW isn’t just a great show about wrestling, it’s also a great wrestling show.
- Here’s Marc Maron on how GLOW helped him learn to appreciate pro wrestling.
- And here’s more on GLOW from Paste Magazine, who got a chance to speak with star Alison Brie and others involved in the show.